You are trying to think of as many foods with the letter A. You got apples, almonds, and anise. But, what are other foods that contain the letter A? Once you think about it, the list might be a little short.
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
To think of more options, we need to analyze all the foods with the letter A around the world. There are different foods and dishes you’ve probably never heard of that start with the letter A.
So, to help you get started. Here, we’ll go over 100 foods from around the world that start with the letter A.
Alphabetical list of 100 foods with A
|Item||Food or Drink?||What is it?|
|Aalsuppe||Food||Traditional soup made in Germany.|
|Abbruzze cheese spread||Food||Popular Italian spread.|
|Abgoosht||Food||Iranian beef stew.|
|Acai berries||Food||Berries commonly found in South America with a sweet and tangy taste.|
|Acerola||Food||Type of cherries traditional to Mexico and the Caribbean.|
|Achacha||Food||Tropical fruit similar to mangosteens.|
|Achiote||Food||Natural food coloring and spice.|
|Achu||Food||Yellow soup traditional to Cameroon.|
|Ackee||Food||Fruit commonly found in Jamaica.|
|Acorn squash||Food||Also known as pepper squash, it is a yellow squash.|
|Adai||Food||Lentil crepe traditional to India.|
|Ajika||Food||A spicy dip.|
|Adobo||Food||The practice of marinating meats in vinegar, spices, and herbs.|
|Adzuki beans||Food||Also called red beans or red mund beans.|
|Aep mu||Food||Traditional Thai dish made with chili and meat.|
|Aerated chocolate||Food||Also known as air chocolate, it is made by adding foam to chocolate.|
|Agave||Food||Traditional plant from Mexico where you get agave syrup and tequila.|
|Aguachile||Food||Traditional Mexican dish similar to a ceviche.|
|Ahi tuna||Food||Also known as yellowfin tuna, popular in sushi/sashimi.|
|Ahriche||Food||Traditional Moroccan dish made with organ meats.|
|Aioli||Food||Sauce made by emulsifying garlic and oil.|
|Albacore tuna||Food||Type of tuna, traditionally used to make canned tuna.|
|Albondigas||Food||The Spanish word for meatballs.|
|Ale||Drink||A type of beer that uses quick fermentation processes.|
|Alfalfa||Food||Highly nutritious legume.|
|Alfalfa sprouts||Food||Sprouts from alfalfa beans, with an even higher nutritional value.|
|Alfredo sauce||Food||Creamy sauce made with butter, cream, Parmesan cheese and salt.|
|Algae milk||Drink||Non-dairy alternative made from algae.|
|Aligot||Food||Traditional French dish made by mixing melted cheese and mashed potatoes.|
|All-purpose flour||Food||Gluten-containing flour to make baked goods and desserts.|
|Alligator||Food||Meat obtained from alligators.|
|Allspice||Food||Spice with a smilar taste to cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground clove mixed together.|
|Almond butter||Food||Food made by placing almonds in a food processor.|
|Almond milk||Food||Non-dairy alternative made by placing almonds in a blender.|
|Almonds||Food||Highly nutritious nuts.|
|Aloe vera||Food||Natural laxative and wound healer.|
|Aloo Baingan||Food||Traditional indian dish made with potatoes and eggplant.|
|Aloo gobi||Food||Traditional Indian dish made with cauliflower, potatoes, herbs, and spices.|
|Alphabet soup||Food||Tomato-based soup with pasta in the shape of the alphabet letters.|
|Amanatsu||Food||Known are Japanese Summer oranges.|
|Amaranth leaves||Food||Leafy green similar to spinach. Found in the Himalayan regions.|
|Amarelle cherries||Food||Type of cherries with a yellow flesh and clear liquid.|
|Amaretti cookies||Food||Traditional Italian sweet cookies.|
|Amaretto||Drink||Popular Italian sweet liqueur.|
|Ambrosia||Food||Traditional American fruit salad.|
|Ambuyat||Food||Dish made from the inside of the trunk of a sago plant.|
|American cheese||Food||A type of processed cheese.|
|Americano||Drink||Combination of expresso and water.|
|Anchovies||Food||Small fish with a salty taste.|
|Andagi||Food||Sweet deep fried dough buns.|
|Andouille sausage||Food||Traditional sausage from France.|
|Anejo cheese||Food||Firm cheese made in Mexico.|
|Angel food cake||Food||Airy cake that is similar to sponge cake.|
|Angel hair pasta||Food||Very thin pasta.|
|Angus beef||Food||Type of cattle with tender meat.|
|Animal crackers||Food||Sweet crackers with animal shapes.|
|Anise seeds||Food||Small fruit that packs a punch of flavor.|
|Aniseed balls||Food||Type of candy with anise flavoring.|
|Anmitsu||Food||Traditional Japanes dish made with agar jelly.|
|Annatto||Food||Natural red food coloring|
|Antelope||Food||Lean protein meat.|
|Antipasto||Food||Traditional Italian course made with assorted meats, cheese, and vegetables.|
|Aonori||Food||Green seaweed made into a fine powder.|
|Apas||Food||Traditional bread from East India.|
|Apfelkuchen||Food||A mix of cake with a sweet apple topping.|
|Apple cider vinegar||Drink||Made by crushing apples and mixing them with vinegar and sugar.|
|Apple fritter||Food||Apple stuffed donuts which are later deep-fried.|
|Apple pie||Food||Traditional pie made with an apple filling.|
|Apples||Food||One of the most-consumed fruits in the world!|
|Appletini||Drink||Alcoholic beverage with an apple taste.|
|Apricots||Food||Highly nutritious fruit with a resemblance to peaches.|
|Arame||Food||Type of kelp consumed in Japan.|
|Arancini||Food||Risotto stuffed balls with cheese, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried.|
|Arborio rice||Food||Short grain rice that produces a creamy dish.|
|Arepa||Food||Traditional to Colombia and Venezuela they are stuffed with cheese or meats.|
|Arnold Palmer||Drink||Refreshing drink made by mixing lemonade and iced tea.|
|Arrabiata||Food||Tomato-based sauce with some spiciness.|
|Arracacha||Food||Traditional root vegetable found in Los Andes.|
|Arrowroot||Food||Popular tuber from Malasia.|
|Arroz con pollo||Food||Traditional dish in Latin American where you mix rice and chicken.|
|Artichoke||Food||Highly nutritious vegetable ideal for making dips.|
|Arugula||Food||Leafy green with a slighly bitter flavor.|
|Asado||Food||Traditional BBQ from Latin America.|
|Ashure||Food||Eastern Mediterranean sweet pudding.|
|Asiago cheese||Food||Aged firm cheese from Italy.|
|Asian greens||Food||Group of vegetables from Asia, like bok choy.|
|Asian pears||Food||Sweet Asian version of pears.|
|Asida||Food||Dough made by mixing wheat flour in boiling water.|
|Asopao||Food||Traditional Puerto Rican dish, which is a combination of chicken soup and paella.|
|Asparagus||Food||Long vegetables with high nutrient value.|
|Atchar||Food||Pickled vegetables from South Asian, or a dish of mango and chilies from South Africa.|
|Atlantic oyster||Food||Type of oyster from the Atlantic sea.|
|Atlantic salmon||Food||Type of salmon from the northern Atlantic sea.|
|Atole||Drink||Popular Mexican beverage made with milk, sugar, and corn flour.|
|Aubergine||Food||French name for eggplant.|
|Aush||Food||Traditional dish from Pakistan and Iran. It is a thick noodle soup.|
|Avgolemono soup||Food||Traditional lemon soup from Greece.|
|Avocado||Food||High fat fruit with several nutritional properties.|
|Avocado toast||Food||Dish made by smashing avocado onto a piece of toast.|
|Axoa||Food||Traditional from the Basque region, it is a dish mixing mashed veal and tomatoes.|
Foods with the letter A
Starting off with the list, we have this traditional recipe from Hamburg, Germany – a soup that uses eels, carrots, parsley, vinegar, white wine, butter, peppercorns, and other ingredients to make this into a delicious and hearty meal!
2. Abbruzze cheese spread
Abbruzze cheese is a popular Italian spread found in the Italian market. It’s made with cheddar cheese as the base, with added herbs and spices like garlic and hot peppers. You can dip your favorite vegetables or spread them on a nice piece of toast. Some people even mix it with pasta to make the perfect mac and cheese.
Translated as meat broth, Abgoosht is a delicious one-pot Iranian stew typically made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, turmeric, tomatoes, and dried lime. It is a delicious plate people often go to for comfort food. Some people might add kidney beans or black-eyed peas as a variation.
4. Acai berries
Acai berries have a resemblance to grapes. They are traditional to South America and offer a sweet and tart flavor. Acai berries are often referred to as a superfood because they are high in nutrients and antioxidants, providing all sorts of health benefits to the body. You can use them in your favorite drinks or create an acai bowl.
Acerola, or acerola cherries, is a traditional fruit original to Mexico and the Caribbean. While they might resemble a cherry, they are in fact not cherries. They are high in vitamin C, which can help reduce the risk of a simple cold. They have a sweet taste, and you can have them on their own or create sweet treats.
Achacha is a tropical fruit similar to mangosteen. It is a very nutrient-rich food high in vitamin C, potassium, and other vitamins from the B complex. Interestingly, it is a seasonal fruit in Bolivia, so you might find it more in certain traditional recipes over the summer. While you might only eat the pulp, some infuse simple syrups with the peel to add more flavor.
Achiote is a natural coloring and potent spice. It has a yellow/red color and a mild pepper flavor. Whether you find it as achiote oil or achiote paste, it is traditional in some Latin cuisines like Mexico or Cuba. You can make chorizo, margarine, or the traditional arroz con pollo with achiote.
Made with spices, palm oil, limestone, fish, and other ingredients, this yellow soup is traditional to Cameroon. You can pair it with some mashed taro to have the ultimate lunch or dinner. Besides fish, you can also use chicken or beef as the protein source of the dish.
Did you know Ackee has different variation names? You can find it as ackee, achee, ankye, or ayee. In the end, it all means the same thing, which is a fruit common to Jamaica. It resembles lychee, giving you a sweet and slightly nutty flavor. Make sure you know how to prepare it. Remove the skin and the black seeds; otherwise, they can be toxic.
10. Acorn squash
Also known as pepper squash, this vegetable has a green exterior with an inner yellow flesh. You can place acorn squash on a baking sheet with some drizzled olive oil to have the best side dish. You can also place it in a blender to make an acorn squash soup which is perfect for winter nights.
Adai is a lentil crepe traditional to India. It is nutrient-dense and high in protein, making it a great option for those following a plant-based diet to reach their daily protein requirements. You can have it either for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Its versatility makes it a great dish to have with anything, even Chutney!
If you want to add spice to your meal, Adjika might be just the right option. It is a Georgian-Abkhazian dip that offers a hot and spicy flavor. You can add it to your grilled meats, eggs, chicken, or favorite soup. So, what is in adjika? It contains peppers, tomatoes, apples, garlic, and carrots.
There are different types of adobos. Spanish adobo refers to marinating a protein in vinegar, herbs, and spices. You typically leave it marinating for a couple of hours (or days) to get the most flavor. On the other hand, Puerto Rican adobo means a combination of herbs and spices to marinate proteins. Finally, Philippine adobo is a stew. So, as you can see, adobo is quite a complex food.
14. Adzuki beans
Adzuki beans are a traditional staple in Asia. They are sometimes called red beans or red mung beans. They are high in protein, making them an excellent option for those who want to boost their protein or reach their protein requirements. One of my favorite ways to have them is in a bowl with rice, vegetables, and a protein option.
15. Aep mu
This traditional Thai dish is a mix of chili and meat, which you wrap with a banana leaf before cooking it. Cooking it in a banana leave makes it have a flavor you cannot imagine. It gives it a slightly roasted or earthy flavor. You can roast it or steam it. Either way, it is a delicious and tasty treat worth trying!
16. Aerated chocolate
Also known as “air chocolate,” aerated chocolate is when you turn chocolate into foam by adding air. Instead of getting silky and melt-in-the-mouth chocolate, you get a completely different texture. It has a more bubbly texture, and it might have a slight resemblance to wafers.
Agave is a traditional plant in North America, mainly in Mexico and the Caribbean. While it might have a frightening picture, the truth is that you can get low-carb syrup from the agave plant (agave syrup). Thanks to its low-glycemic index, it can be a good option for those looking to have more stable blood glucose levels.
This traditional Mexican recipe is a refreshing treat to have on hot summer days. Agua chile uses raw shrimp or fish, which you place in water with lemon, chilis, cucumbers, and onions. You might be concerned about eating raw seafood. However, marinating the seafood in lime cooks the seafood, removing most of the harmful bacteria.
19. Ahi tuna
Ahi tuna is a type of tuna you get from tropical places. It’s a source of lean protein, sometimes used in sushi or searing with some herbs or spices. You can have it either raw or cooked, and it is a good source of nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
A traditional Moroccan-style dish, here you use tripes like caul, lung, heart, or the intestines. Thanks to the use of tripes, it is nutrient-dense rich and offers a good amount of lean protein. You place any of the tripes on a stick and cook it over a BBQ.
Aioli is just the name given to the emulsion of garlic and oil (which basically is a fancy word for mayonnaise). This combination gives you a butter-type sauce to spread onto your bread or vegetables. While the traditional version is only with garlic, there are some other versions, like basil aioli or black olive aioli. The sky is the limit regarding ways to offer some variety regarding aioli.
22. Albacore tuna
Albacore tuna is a type of tuna you get from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. While they have a metallic and blue coating, their flesh is somewhat red. Albacore tuna is often used to make canned tuna, a great staple food. It offers high-quality protein, an excellent option for those who don’t have much time to cook.
The Spanish word for meatballs, albondiga, refers to the dish where you roll some ground meat and bake it either in the oven or in some tomato sauce. One of the benefits of albondigas is that you can use different types of meats. So instead of only using ground beef, you can try using beef, turkey, and pork together.
Ale is a type of beer that uses quick fermentation to create a somewhat sweet alcoholic beverage. Since it ferments at higher temperatures (around 60-70 degrees), you get a faster fermentation process. Additionally, due to the yeast having a high tolerance for alcohol, it has an alcohol content of 4-5%.
Did you know alfalfa is part of the legume family? However, it is also considered a herb. Alfalfa possesses several nutrients, like vitamin K, magnesium, and folate. It is a delicious food you can include in several dishes. For example, next time try adding some alfalfa to your favorite pita recipe.
26. Alfalfa sprouts
When sprouting alfalfa, you only use immature shoots since the mature leaves provide a bitter taste. There are several benefits to sprouting. It can increase the antioxidant and nutrient content. Make sure you thoroughly cook the sprouted beans (or disinfect them) since they are prone to carry bacteria.
27. Alfredo sauce
Made from butter, cream, Parmesan cheese, and salt, this creamy sauce is one of the most traditional sauces to mix with pasta. You can add some protein, ham, or any other protein of your choice to make it a complete meal. For those who follow a plant-based approach, you can use macadamia nuts and “cheese” to create a plant-based version.
28. Algae milk
Most of you have heard of almond milk or soy milk. But, what about algae milk? Algae milk is a non-dairy milk alternative made with algae. It is free from allergens, making it a great option for those prone to food allergies (like nuts or dairy). One of its biggest benefits is its protein value. It can increase the protein content by 50% compared to other non dairy milk alternatives.
You can make this traditional creamy French dish by blending cheese with some mashed potatoes. In other words, it is a fondue-like dish. You can serve it with some polenta, or dip some meats (like sausages), or some vegetables. Initially, it was prepared with bread, but is was later made with mashed potatoes since it is easier to mix.
30. All-purpose flour
All-purpose flour is gluten-containing flour. It is a mix of hard and soft wheat. You can bake all types of baked goods using all-purpose flour, like cookies, pastries, desserts, cakes, and bread. For those wanting a gluten-free option, you can choose almond or coconut flour instead.
While not a traditional meat option, in some areas, you can get alligator meat which is a high-quality, low-fat, high-protein option. It is a healthy protein with a subtle flavor. Some people might describe it as having a slightly fishy flavor. You can make alligator fingers or alligator kebabs.
Allspice is an unripe fruit traditional to the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America. Besides being called allspice, you might also find it as Jamaica pepper, or pimento. If you don’t have allspice available, you can mix some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves to offer a similar taste.
33. Almond butter
Made by grinding almonds until you get a buttery spread, almond butter is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. Did you know that 2 tablespoons of almond butter provide roughly the same amount of protein as one egg? This can be a great way to reach the daily protein requirements for someone following a plant-based approach.
34. Almond milk
Almond milk is a great milk alternative for those who don’t want to consume any dairy product. But, keep in mind it offers a completely different nutritional value than cow’s milk. Almond milk is lower in calories, protein, and carbs. You can make your own almond milk by soaking some almonds overnight and then placing them in a high-speed blender.
These nuts are a great snack since they are high in healthy fats and protein. Thanks to that, they can help you feel fuller for longer. Also, they are high in vitamin E and antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation. Did you know you can turn almonds into flour to have a keto-friendly and gluten-free option?
36. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is a well-known remedy to relieve sunburns. But, besides being a natural remedy for sunburns, it can also benefit your digestive tract. It is a natural laxative that can help promote good bowel movements. However, you need to be careful with the excessive consumption of aloe vera since it might promote dehydration.
37. Aloo baingan
This traditional Indian dish is made with diced potatoes and eggplant. They have been simmered in some onion and tomato spiced with masala. You can have it dry or cook it with some gravy. One of the benefits of the dish is that you can always make it with different vegetables.
38. Aloo gobi
Another traditional Indian dish is aloo gobi. This vegetarian dish is made with cauliflower, potatoes, spices, and herbs. Did you know that aloo means potato and gobi means cauliflower? Hence aloo gobi. Keep in mind that there is no one way to make it. Every family has their take on it.
39. Alphabet soup
You can spell your name in a bowl of tomato soup with celery, carrots, and onions. Yes, we are talking about alphabet soup. Whether you buy a can at your favorite grocery store or make it from scratch, this comfort food dish is perfect for those cold winter nights.
You might also know amanatsu as Japanese Summer oranges. They have a similar size to grapefruit but with a sweet taste and sour flavor like a traditional orange. You can have them fresh or use them to create cocktails, drinks, or desserts. In Japan, you create jelly with them to put in some dishes.
41. Amaranth leaves
Amaranth is traditional to the Himalayas and South India. It has a resemblance to spinach, but you can find it in different colors like gold, red, green, and purple. They are packed with essential nutrients like potassium and fiber. Next time try adding amaranth greens to your favorite salad to boost your nutrient intake.
42. Amarelle cherries
Amerelle cherries are a type of sour cherries. Unlike Morello cherries, they are only red on the outside: they have yellow flesh and clear juice. They are great for making pies, jams, and jellies. They can also be canned and make a terrific filling for cherry pie.
43. Amaretti cookies
These traditional Italian cookies are made with almonds, egg whites, and sugar. So, as you can see, they are gluten-free. They have a nutty flavor with some slight bitterness. Amaretti cookies pair nicely with a hot cup of coffee, some sherry, or some Amaretto.
Amaretto is a traditional sweet Italian liqueur. The liqueur originated from Soronno and has around 20 to 28% of alcohol. Initially, amaretto was made using burnt brandy with sugar and almonds. However, nowadays, it’s made using oil extracted from apricot pits. You can have it on its own or pour some on your coffee to boost caffeine with flavor.
Ambrosia is an American dish made with different fruits. This fruit salad is typically made with pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and coconut. The sweetness of the marshmallow and the tartness of the fruits makes this dish one of a kind.
Made from the inside of the trunk of a sago plant, ambuyat is from the Malaysian region. To eat it, you grab a pair of chopsticks and dig into the gooey translucent dish. Since it has a gooey texture, you don’t need to chew it; you swallow it. Add some herbs or spices to make one delicious starchy sauce.
47. American cheese
American cheese is a highly processed cheese made from cheddar, Colby, or other similar cheeses. While it is traditionally called American cheese, it is actually called processed cheese. You can have it with some bread to make a grilled cheese sandwich or on top of a hamburger to create a classic cheeseburger.
What happens when you dilute some espresso in hot water? You get an Americano! This coffee beverage can you give you an energy boost full of flavor. Typically it is made with one part espresso and two parts hot water. Did you know it originated in Italy by American soldiers? The soldiers didn’t like the strong flavor of expresso, so they diluted it in water.
Anchovies are small fish found in marine waters. They are highly nutritious, especially in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. They have a high fishy and salty taste, which is why not a lot of people like them. Still, they are a great addition to your salads or pizzas.
Andagi are sweet deep fried buns of dough, which sort of resemble doughnuts. While they are original to Japan, you can also find them in Hawaii. To create Andagi you mix flour, eggs, and sugar. It has a crispy crust, with a fluffy cake-like center. Make sure you eat them hot to have the best experience.
51. Andouille sausage
Andouille sausages are traditional in France. They are made from pork and have a nice smoky flavor. These sausages have pork, black pepper, salt, cayenne, and garlic. Now, while they are originally from France, this food is found in Cajun cooking, providing some great umami flavor.
52. Anejo cheese
This firm cheese is traditional in Mexico. While it was initially made with skimmed goat milk, you can also find it from skimmed cow’s milk. You can use it to garnish tacos, make quesadillas, or sprinkle it over your favorite enchiladas.
53. Angel food cake
You grab a piece of cake, put it in your mouth, and you realize it tastes like a cloud. We are talking about angel food cake. In fact, the name angel food comes due to its airy texture. This is a type of sponge cake made with egg whites, flour, sugar, and cream of tartar. In the end, you get an aerated texture that is just heaven in a bite.
54. Angel hair pasta
Angel hair pasta or capellini is a very thin pasta. It is ideal for pairing with a light sauce or a refined sauce. For example, it is the best option when having pesto sauce or pasta primavera. They have a very stable shelf life, meaning you can keep them stored for 3 years.
55. Angus beef
Angus beef is one of the highest quality meats available on the market. The name Angus refers to the type of cattle used. So, what makes it the best option? Angus beef provides tender and flavorful meat. It has good natural marbling, which means it has some strands of fats within the meat, giving it a boost of flavor.
56. Animal crackers
Imagine eating a cookie in the form of an elephant, lion, or monkey. Animal crackers are delicious sweet cookies in the shape of different animals. Keep in mind that they are typically high in sugar, so you need to eat them in moderation to avoid excessive sugar intake.
57. Anise seeds
Anise, also known as aniseed, is a plant with flowers that produce a white fruit called anise seeds. Besides packing a punch of flavor, anise seeds are also known for their medicinal properties. In fact, consuming anise seeds can help reduce stomach problems like gas and bloating.
58. Aniseed balls
Aniseed balls are a type of candy not intended for everyone. Due to its strong flavor, resembling licorice, not many people are big fans of this treat. In the beginning, they were not sweets. In fact, they were created for medicinal purposes. However, thanks to its crafting, it served as an example for creating other sweet treats.
This traditional Japanese dish is made with agar jelly. You dissolve it in water to create different jelly forms. It is served cold, and it has a neutral flavor. To make anmitsu, mix some fruit juice or apple juice to give it a slight flavor. The dish is often served with black syrup (mitsu).
Derived from the achiote tree, annatto is a red natural food coloring. Besides being a food coloring, you can also find it in some cosmetics to provide some tincture. The coloring comes from carotenoids which are also found in other foods like carrots or tomatoes.
Antelope meat is a tender and lean protein. While not everyone is used to eating it, it provides high-quality protein meaning it can help support muscle mass and increase fullness levels. Some people say it has a slightly sweet taste. You can mix it with some olive oil, salt, and garlic for the perfect dish.
Antipasto is a traditional first course made with several bite size meats, vegetables, anchovies, and cheeses. There is no one way to create an antipasto dish. You can choose the cured meats, vegetables, and cheeses of your choice. You can even pair it with a nice glass of wine for the ultimate dish.
Aonori is green seaweed that has been dried and made powder. Make sure you don’t confuse it with nori since they are completely different. Aonori is smaller and a finer powder than nori. It is highly aromatic, and it can provide a delicious umami flavor to your favorite Asian-style dish.
Apas, or handbread, is a traditional East Indian recipe made with rice flour. Keep in mind that since it is made with rice flour, it does not contain any gluten, making it easy to break. You can switch the rice flour with wheat flour to have a more stable formula. You can have it along with a nice warm bowl of curry.
Note: there is also a Filipino cookie by the same name.
Apfelkuchen is a traditional German apple cake. It is a mix of an apple pie, apple crumble, and apple cake. On the bottom of the dessert, you get a traditional cake, and on top, you get some delicious apples. It is seriously a treat worth tasting!
66. Apple cider vinegar
You can get apple cider vinegar by fermenting crushed apples, yeast, and sugar. As a result, you get a tangy fermented liquid called apple cider vinegar. There are several uses for apple cider vinegar. Some people use it to create delicious salad dressings, but you can also use it on your skin and hair. Make sure to dilute it first.
67. Apple fritter
Apple fritters are delicious apple stuffed donuts that are deep fried. As a result, you get a crunch outside layer with a creamy apple center. On top, you add some cinnamon and drizzle to give it an extra punch of flavor.
68. Apple pie
Apple pie and ice cream. There is no perfect match than that. It makes a wonderful dessert for those hot summer evenings or after a nice homemade meal. With a nice cinnamon flavor, it is simply a delicious treat that you can find in almost any place.
Apples come in different colors. You can find yellow, red, and green apples. They make a perfect snack, or you can even make them into a dessert. The yellow and red apples are sweet, which makes them an ideal option for desserts. But, for a tangy option, you can have green apples. Did you know that for an apple tree to produce apples it typically takes 3-4 years?
An appletini is an alcoholic beverage made with apple juice, lemon juice, green apple schnapps, vodka, and apple slices as a garnish. Their fruity and slightly acidic flavor is the ideal drink to have when out with some friends. However, make sure to drink in moderation because it might be easy to overdrink.
Apricots are a highly nutritious fruit rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamin E, and potassium. They can help reduce inflammation in the body and promote good eye health. Make sure you don’t confuse them with nectarines or peaches. They are a completely different thing!
Arame is kelp traditionally consumed in Japan. They are rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, and iodine. This makes it an excellent option for those who want to boost their nutrient intake. They taste like regular seaweed but with a slightly sweet taste.
Arancini are traditional stuffed rice Italian balls. Their gooey mozzarella filling and tomato sauce for dipping make this one dish worth trying. So, how to you make them? First, you need to make risotto, then stuff them with cheese, coat them with breadcrumbs, and deep fry them. As simple as that.
74. Arborio rice
Arborio rice is a type of rice. It is a short-grain rice which is typically used to make risotto. Due to its shape and size, it typically stores more starch than other kinds of rice. That is why risotto is somewhat richer and creamier than other rice-based dishes.
You can find this dish in traditional Colombian or Venezuelan cuisines. You make them by grinding maize and mixing it with water until you get a dough. Once you cook the arepa, you cut it in the middle and stuff it with whatever you like. The best combination (in my humble opinion) is the Venezuelan Reina Pepiada, a mix of chicken, mayo, and avocado.
76. Arnold Palmer
For a refreshing drink perfect for a hot summer afternoon, an Arnold Palmer is hard to beat! Named after the famous golfer, it is a summertime mocktail drink that combines iced tea and lemonade. Mix it and serve it in a tall glass with ice. Just the thought of it makes you cool down.
Make sure you don’t confuse arrabiata sauce with marinara sauce. They are completely different things! While they are both tomato-based pasta sauces, arrabiata uses some chili flakes to bring some heat into the sauce. No wonder why it is called arriabata. After all, arrabiata means angry in italian.
Original from the Andes, arracacha is a popular root vegetable. It is easy to digest, which makes it ideal for those suffering from gastric disorders like IBS or acid reflux. You can make it boiled, mashed, or you can make some chips. Its versatility is one of the great benefits of this food.
Arrowroot is a traditional tuber from Indonesia. It is highly versatile since you can use it in sweet or savory dishes. Additionally, you can make flour to make gluten-free dishes. While it is high in carbs like other starches, one advantage is that it is slightly higher in protein. One cup contains 5 grams of protein.
80. Arroz con pollo
Arroz con pollo is a traditional dish in Latin America. It is made by cooking rice, chicken, onions, saffron, and other vegetables. People have their take on this dish. For example, in some places, they put raisins or olives in the arroz con pollo. You normally serve it with fried beans and chips.
Did you know that the part of the artichoke we generally eat is from the immature thistle of the vegetable? Artichokes are loaded with nutrients like fiber, vitamin K, folate, magnesium, and potassium. Making them into a dip or grilling them can make them a great side dish.
Arugula, while it looks like a leafy green, is part of the cruciferous family. The same one where you can find broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. They have a tangy and somewhat bitter flavor, so they might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Arugula makes a perfect salad base. Mix it with some strawberries, pecans, and balsamic dressing for a wonderful salad. Arugula has several health benefits. It is high in calcium, iron, potassium, and folate.
An asado is when you cook different types of meats like chicken, sausage, chorizo, and meats on an open grill. It is a common practice in Latin America where you spend some quality time with friends and family. The person preparing the asado is called an asador or parrillero.
Ashure is a traditional Eastern Mediterranean sweet pudding. You make it by mixing different grains, dried fruits, and nuts together. This dish is typically made during holidays or celebrations. Turkish folklore claims that the dish was created by Noah (from Noah’s ark) to celebrate when the ark landed.
85. Asiago cheese
Asiago cheese is an aged cheese made in Italy. It has a smooth texture, and you can use it to make sandwiches, pasta dishes, or even sauces. If you cannot find Asiago cheese nearby, you can also replace it with Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano since they offer a similar flavor and texture.
86. Asian greens
Asian greens refer to a group of different green vegetables traditional to Asia. Here, you can find options like bok choy, Chinese broccoli, fava greens, and Chinese celery, to name a few. They are highly nutritious options that can elevate any dish. You can saute them with your favorite sauce or boil them.
87. Asian pears
Often referred to as a Chinese pear, this is a traditional fruit found in East Asia. It has a yellow outer layer and a white flesh. It tends to be sweeter than traditional pears, making them a good option for dessert recipes.
Asida is a common dish in some Middle Eastern countries. You make it by stirring wheat flour into boiling water until you get a lump of dough. You can add some honey or butter to make it more flavorful. The dish is often consumed during religious holidays.
89. Asopao de pollo
Asopao de pollo is a traditional chicken stew from Puerto Rico. If you are wondering what this dish is all about, it is a mix between paella and chicken soup. You make it with rice, chicken, olives, garlic, cilantro, and other herbs and spices.
Did you know that you can find asparagus in different colors? You can find them in green, white, and purple. No matter the color, they are low in calories and high in nutrients, making them the perfect side dish or snack. Asparagus are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
Also called South Asian pickles, achar is a pickled food you get by placing vegetables and fruits in jars containing sugar and vinegar. Outside of Asia, they’re also popular in South Africa, where they’re called atchar and usually made from unripe mangoes.
92. Atlantic oyster
While you used to find this treasured food in large quantities, nowadays, they have a reduced population. Atlantic oysters are oval in shape with a white outer later. They have a nice salty taste which pairs nicely with citrus.
93. Atlantic salmon
Atlantic salmon is a type of salmon found in the northern parts of the Atlantic. Did you know that Atlantic salmon can live in both saltwater and freshwater? That is why they are referred to as anadromous. What makes Atlantic salmon stand out over other options, like Sockeye, is that it is higher in healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), and is cheaper. Making it a great protein option to include.
This traditional Mexican beverage is made by combining sugar cane, cinnamon, milk, and corn flour as a thickening agent. As a result, you get a creamy beverage that will be a great addition to those cold nights.
Aubergine is the French word for eggplant. It is primarily used in Europe, and it is called aubergine due to its purple color. Did you know that aubergine or eggplants are a fruit, not a vegetable? Although they share the same nutritional properties as other vegetables (low in calories and carbs).
Part of the traditional Iranian and Pakistanian cuisine, aush, is a traditional thick noodle soup. It contains noodles, chickpeas, and kidney beans. All of them soaked in a warm and delicious broth. It is the perfect cold-weather treat to have. You can add some meat for a protein boost, or you can have a plant-based version with cubed tofu.
97. Avgolemono soup
Avgolemono soup is a common soup from Greece. It is a creamy, silky, and slightly acidic soup. While it is creamy, it only contains eggs, lemon, and broth. To make it have the best consistency, you need to whisk the eggs and lemon before pouring them into the broth.
High in healthy fats, avocados are not only good for your health since they can help reduce inflammation. Additionally, avocados can also improve gut health, reduce the risk of heart health, and improve cognitive functions in developing brains.
But, besides bringing all sorts of health benefits. They are also great on the skin and hair. Make some great avocado masks to hydrate your skin over self-care weekends.
99. Avocado toast
Next breakfast, try smashing one avocado onto a slice of toast. Now, you have avocado toast. You can add some tomato cherries or eggs to add more flavor. Anything goes along with a nice piece of avocado toast. Here’s a great recipe for it and some variations if you’re bored of the same old same old.
Made with mashed veal, sauteed tomatoes, red pepper, and onion, you can find this dish in the Basque region. Keep in mind that there is no one way to make this dish. There are different options.
And the list could go on and on.
Are there popular foods or dishes from your country we’ve missed that start with the letter A? Let us know and we’ll be happy to include them!