We previously talked about 100 foods starting with the letter A. Moving on in the alphabet, now we are going to go over 100 foods that start with the letter B.
It might seem impossible that there are this many.
Once you start thinking about foods with the letter B, foods like bananas, bread, and butter might pop into your mind.
But, let me assure you, there are other foods that start with the letter B.
Here, we’ll talk about some of the most popular foods starting with the letter B from all around the world.
|Item||Food or Drink?||What is it?|
|Baba ganoush||Food||Eggplant-based dip similar to hummus.|
|Babaco||Food||South American native fruit, similar to papaya.|
|Bacon||Food||Smoked and curated type of meat.|
|Bagel||Food||Type of bread with a round shape and a whole in the middle.|
|Baguette||Food||Type of French bread.|
|Baking powder||Food||Additive used to make recipes lighter and less dense.|
|Baking soda||Food||Additive to make baked goods rise.|
|Baklava||Food||Dessert made with pastry, honey, and nuts.|
|Balloon berry||Food||Fruit that looks like three raspberries infused.|
|Bamboo shoots||Food||Edible part of the bamboo tree.|
|Banana||Food||High potassium containing fruit.|
|Banana bread||Food||Bread made with overripe bananas.|
|Banoffee pie||Food||British dessert made with a banana pie filling.|
|Barley||Food||Type of grain with a nutty flavor.|
|Barramundi||Food||Type of fish common in Australia.|
|Basil||Food||Herb with a potent flavor. Good to use in sweet and savory dishes.|
|Basmati rice||Food||Long-size grain with a lower glycemic index than white rice.|
|Bass||Food||Another type of fish high in protein and low in fat.|
|Bavarian cream||Food||Dessert made with egg-based custard and gelatin.|
|Bay leaves||Food||Type of herb used in sauces, soups, and meats.|
|BBQ ribs||Food||Ribs cooked in a barbecue.|
|BBQ sauce||Food||Sweet and tangy sauce made with tomato sauce, Worcestershire, vinegar, and honey.|
|Berneaise sauce||Food||Creamy sauce made with egg yolks, salt, butter, tarragon, and infused vinegar.|
|Bechamel sauce||Food||White sauce made with butter, milk, and flour.|
|Beef||Food||Source of protein.|
|Beef jerky||Food||Curared beef with a long shelf life.|
|Beef stroganoff||Food||Russian dish made by sauteeing beef with mushroom gravy.|
|Beef wellington||Food||Dish made by wrapping fillet mignon in a butter puff pastry.|
|Beer||Beverage||Beverage made by fermenting yeast in a barley medium.|
|Beetroot powder||Food||Made by turning beets into a fine powder.|
|Beets||Food||Highly nutritious food with an intense purple color.|
|Belgian waffle||Food||Light and airy waffles.|
|Bell peppers||Food||Vegetables high in vitamin C.|
|Beluga caviar||Food||The eggs from the Beluga fish. One of the most expensive types.|
|Bibimbap||Food||Traditional Korean dish.|
|Bilberry||Food||Highly nutritious berry that resembles a blueberry.|
|Biscotti||Food||Almond biscuits traditional from Tuscany.|
|Biscuit||Food||Flour-based baked goods.|
|Bisque||Food||French soup made with crustacean broth.|
|Bitter melon||Food||High fiber vegetable.|
|Black beans||Food||Legumes with a high protein content.|
|Black cherry||Food||Small red fruit with a high nutrient content.|
|Black grapes||Food||Fruit often used to make wine.|
|Black pepper||Food||Herb with a spicy flavor.|
|Black radish||Food||Similar to traditional radishes but with a black outer layer.|
|Black rice||Food||Rice with a black pigment. Higher in fiber and protein than white rice.|
|Black-eyed peas||Food||Part of the legume family, with a black spot in the middle.|
|Blackberries||Food||Black berries with a high nutrient content.|
|Blackcurrant||Food||Similar to blueberries but darker and larger.|
|Blood orange||Food||Citric foods with an intense red/orange center.|
|Bloody mary||Beverage||Alcoholic beverage with a tomato sauce base.|
|Blowfish||Food||Poisonous fish often eaten as part of a delicatessen.|
|BLT sandwich||Food||Sandwich made with bacon, lettuce, and tomato.|
|Blue cheese||Food||Cheese made with mold.|
|Blue crab||Food||Crabs with blue claws. Source of lean protein.|
|Blue curacao||Beverage||Alcoholic beverage with an orange flavor.|
|Blueberries||Food||Blue round fruits with high antioxidant properties.|
|Bluefin tuna||Food||Fish with a high omega-3 content.|
|Bok choy||Food||Vegetable from the cruciferous family. Referred to as Chinese cabbage.|
|Bologna||Food||Made from the remains of pork or beef.|
|Bolognese||Food||Tomato-based sauce made with ground beef.|
|Bone broth||Food||Soup made with bones and tendons.|
|Bouillon||Food||French soup made from meats, fish, chicken, or vegetables.|
|Bourbon||Beverage||Alcoholic beverage made from corn. Type of whiskey.|
|Bran||Food||Outer layer of the wheat grain.|
|Brandy||Beverage||Liquor made by distilling wine.|
|Bratwurst||Food||Type of German sausage.|
|Brazil nuts||Food||Nuts high in selenium.|
|Bread crumbs||Food||Bread turned into fine powder to use as coating, in soups, or casseroles.|
|Bread pudding||Food||Dessert made by using stale bread.|
|Bresaola||Food||Cured Italian meat.|
|Brie||Food||Cheese made with a hard mold outer layer.|
|Brioche||Food||Buttery type of French bread.|
|Brisket||Food||Type of meat made by slow cooking for 10-12 hours.|
|Brittle||Food||Confectionary made by mixing sugar with nuts.|
|Broccoli||Food||Green vegetable, part of the cruciferous family.|
|Broccoli rice||Food||Low-carb type of rice made by placing broccoli on a food processor.|
|Broccolini||Food||Similar to broccoli but with longer stalks.|
|Broth||Food||Soup used as based for other soups, sauces, or gravies.|
|Brown butter||Food||Butter cooked past its melting point.|
|Brownies||Food||Baked good made with chocolate, eggs, sugar, and flour.|
|Bruschetta||Food||Gilled bread rubbed with garlic. Topped with olive oil, cured meats, vegetables, or cheese.|
|Brussels sprouts||Food||Round vegetables with a high nutrient content.|
|Bubble gum||Food||Chewing gum made to blow bubbles.|
|Buckwheat flour||Food||Gluten-free flour option.|
|Buffalo||Food||High quality protein with low fat content.|
|Buffalo sauce||Food||Spicy sauce made with hot sauce, vinegar, butter, and Worcestershire sauce.|
|Bulgogi||Food||Traditional Korean dish made with marinated thin slices of beef.|
|Bulgur wheat||Food||Type of cereal made from dried and cracked wheat.|
|Bun||Food||Type of rolled bread.|
|Burdock root||Food||Common root in Northern Asia and Europe.|
|Burger||Food||Dish made with buns, patties, tomato, and lettuce.|
|Burrito||Food||Traditional Mexican food made by wrapping beans, meats, vegetables, and cheese in a tortilla.|
|Butter lettuce||Food||Type of lettuce with a buttery texture.|
|Buttercream||Food||Used to decorate or fill cakes.|
|Buttermilk||Beverage||Fermented dairy product.|
|Butternut squash||Food||Orange winter squash high in vitamin A.|
|Butterscotch||Food||Confectionery made with brown sugar and butter.|
Foods starting with the letter B
1. Baba Ganoush
You probably have heard about hummus, but what about baba ganoush? It is a common dish from Mediterranean cuisine where you place eggplant, sesame seeds, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor.
It has a similar texture to hummus, and you pair it with toast, carrots, or celery sticks. Once you make the recipe, make sure to eat it since it can go bad in 3-4 days.
Thanks to eggplant’s high fiber content, it can help regulate blood sugar levels and increase satiety levels. So, if you are looking for a low-carb dip next time you are having friends over, baba ganoush is the perfect option.
Babaco is a native fruit from South America. It has an interesting taste since some people state it tastes like a combination of papaya, kiwi, strawberry, and pineapple. In fact, did you know babaco comes from the same family as the papaya? It has a similar coating, a wax-like coating similar to the papaya.
This fruit has several health benefits. It is high in vitamins C, A, and E. Thanks to its high nutrient profile, it can help reduce inflammation due to its antioxidant properties.
Who doesn’t love breakfast? And, what better breakfast than having a couple of scrambled eggs with some bacon? Bacon is one of the most eaten meats at breakfast time.
It is made by smoking and curing the meat. When you cure meat, it stays in a solution with salt, sugar, and nitrates. This process can increase the flavor and shelf life of the product.
But, while bacon is a delicious treat, its high fat and preservative content means it’s best to eat it only once in a while as a five-letter treat.
Since we are talking about breakfast, there is no better breakfast food than… bagels. They are a delicious round starchy treat that goes nicely with some cream cheese and salmon. And, it seems they go way back. Some people say they might go back to the 1600s, but some people say it might even go to the 1300s.
Do you know why bagels have a hole?
A hole in the middle will make it faster and easier to bake. As a result, you can create bagels faster and more efficiently.
Made with only four ingredients, we are talking about the baguette. You only need to mix four, water, yeast, and salt to get one of the most celebrated foods in the French kitchen. Thanks to its shape, it allows more of the dough to be exposed to heat. As a result, it gives you a crunchy outer layer, and a silky inside.
One of the benefits of a baguette is that you can put almost anything on top, and it will taste delicious. Add some cheese, ham, butter, cream cheese, or jam. The sky is the limit regarding what you can pair with this food.
6. Baking powder
Baking powder is an additive used to make a recipe lighter and less dense. For example, if you want some of the fluffiest pancakes, try adding half a teaspoon of baking powder to the mix.
So, how does it create a light recipe?
When you mix baking powder with water, it releases carbon dioxide. Once the dish starts cooking, the heat amplifies the bubbles, which causes the food to rise. That is why baking powder is known as a “double agent” it reacts first with water (or another liquid) and then with heat.
7. Baking soda
Just like baking powder, baking soda is also used as an additive to help baked goods rise. Other common names for baking soda are sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda.
One thing I bet you didn’t know about baking soda is that it can tenderize meat. Some Asian recipes call for marinating meat in baking soda and water. This can affect the pH of the meat, making it softer.
If you are going to try this at home, make sure to wash the meat before cooking it.
If you are looking for a sweet treat, search no more! Baklava is one of the most delicious desserts you are going to try. Overall, baklava is a pastry name with shredded dough, honey, spices, nuts, and sometimes custard. There are different types of baklavas, each with its own special flavors and particular name according to the region they are made.
For example, Greek baklava is made with honey and spices, while Lebanese baklava is made with rose water and orange-infused syrup.
9. Balloon berry
Larger than a raspberry but growing tall like a strawberry? Do you know what we are talking about? We are talking about the balloon berry! It is a fruit that looks like if you infuse two or three raspberries. It’s believed they originated in China or Japan, but it’s still unknown.
Just like other berries, they are not very sweet. In fact, most people don’t like them because they are too acidic. So, if you want them sweeter, mix them with some sugar to create jam or jelly.
10. Bamboo shoots
Bamboo shoots are the edible parts of the bamboo tree. They are low in carbs, sugar, protein, and fats. But, they are high in fiber, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin B6.
Thanks to its high fiber content it can help improve digestion and fight constipation. But, remember that whenever you add high-fiber food, increase your water intake. Otherwise, it might cause more constipation.
Before, we talk about the next food, did you know that bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world? This makes it a good nutrient source to grow.
Bananas are one of the foods with the highest potassium content, making them a great option to reduce the risk of muscle cramps. But, besides being high in potassium, it is also high in vitamin C, riboflavin, and magnesium.
An interesting fact about bananas is that they are part of the berry family (unlike strawberries which are not berries). As a botanical term, a berry has pulp and seeds that develop from the plant’s ovary.
12. Banana bread
If you have over-ripe bananas and don’t know what to do with them, banana bread is the best option. There are different recipes for banana bread, but you mix flour, bananas, sugar, butter, eggs, baking soda, and salt.
In reality, banana bread should be called cake since it is a sweet treat with similar ingredients to traditional cakes. However, since it is made in a tin and sliced (like a loaf of bread), it is called banana bread.
13. Banoffee pie
Banoffee pie is a British dessert made with bananas, whipped cream, and caramel. There are some variations to this dessert. Some people add coffee or chocolate.
So, why is it called banoffee?
The term is used to describe the taste of the dish. It tastes like banana and toffee. You mix the words and get banoffee.
Barley is a type of grain with a chewy texture and slightly nutty flavor. It is a highly nutritious grain since it is a good source of copper, magnesium, niacin, and phosphorus.
One of the drawbacks of barley is it contains molecules called antinutrients. These are molecules that inhibit the absorption of certain nutrients like zinc, iron, and calcium. Consuming too many antinutrients can lead to nutrient deficiency.
But, there is a way to reduce the antinutrient content. Soaking or sprouting barley can significantly reduce the antinutrient content.
If you want to include a high-quality protein source, barramundi is an excellent choice. Barramundi is a sea bass with a high omega-3 content. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids since the body cannot produce them. They can help reduce inflammation thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties.
Australia is one of the top producers of barramundi. However, you can find barramundi farms in the US.
Barramundi has large flakes with a somewhat sweet flavor. It pairs nicely with almost any flavor, meaning you can almost use any herb, spice, or sauce.
While you might think there is only one type of basil. But, there are different types with a variety of flavors. For example, you can find sweet basil (the most popular), Greek basil (has a mild flavor), Thai basil (licorice-type flavor), cinnamon basil (cinnamon-flavored), and lettuce basil (licorice-type flavor).
A benefit of basil is that you can use it in sweet or savory dishes. If you want to try something new, the next time you make a strawberry smoothie, try adding a couple of leaves of basil. I can assure you that it will elevate the flavor.
17. Basmati rice
Basmati rice is a long-sized grain with a rich texture and a nutty flavor. For Indian food fans, it’s the rice used to make biryani.
One of the greatest advantages of basmati rice is its lower glycemic content. The glycemic index is how quickly a carb is absorbed in the body. The higher the glycemic index, the higher the sugar impact.
Unlike white rice, which has a glycemic index of 72, basmati rice has a glycemic index of 50-58. This makes it a slightly better option if you want to have more stable sugar levels.
If you don’t like barramundi and what another high-protein option that starts with the letter B, bass is the next best option. Bass is a high-protein and low-fat option. It is also high in magnesium, selenium, and vitamin A.
Due to its high protein content, it can help preserve muscle mass and increase fullness levels. So, if you find yourself hungry throughout the day, add a larger portion of bass during lunch, and those cravings are likely to reduce.
19. Bavarian cream
Bavarian cream is a dessert made with an egg-based custard and gelatin. It is believed that the dessert comes all the way back from the middle ages. There are different ways to serve Bavarian cream. You can serve it like a mousse, which is in a cup, or like a panna cotta (in a mold).
What specifically can you find in the Bavarian cream? You mix sugar, vanilla bean, milk, egg yolks, cream, and gelatin.
20. Bay leaves
Whether you use bay leaves fresh or dried, they can boost the flavor in your sauces, soups, or meats. But, besides packing a punch of flavor, they also have several nutritional benefits. Bay leaves can help reduce inflammation thanks to their high antioxidant content, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.
Did you know that bay leaves can repel insects? Bay leaves are high in lauric acid which act as a potent insect repellent.
21. BBQ ribs
Once the summer starts, you know what time it is… time for BBQ ribs! Barbecue ribs are one of the basic dishes in any American home. In fact, did you know that over 60% of the US population owns a grill? (If that number seems low, consider that many city dwellers can’t readily grill out in their buildings.)
One thing people don’t know is that the wood you use can affect the flavor of the BBQ ribs. They might provide a hickory, maple, pecan, or apple flavor. But, be careful about which wood you use since some might produce more tar or resin.
22. BBQ sauce
Making barbecue sauce might sound complicated, but it’s really simple. You need tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and honey. You can use it in different forms. For example, you can use BBQ sauce to marinate, rub, coat, or use as a sauce.
One of the drawbacks of BBQ is its high sodium content. A high sodium content can increase the risk of high blood pressure. So, whenever you are choosing a BBQ sauce, make sure it has less than 300 mg per serving. Even better if it has less than 150 mg of sodium per serving.
23. Bearnaise sauce
If you want to elevate your steak dish, there is nothing better than a side of Bearnaise sauce. What do you need to make this sauce? You are going to need egg yolks, salt, butter, tarragon leaves, and infused vinegar.
To make the sauce, you need to mix clarified butter with the egg yolks and the infused vinegar. You then let it simmer for 2-5 minutes, always whisking it to avoid overcooking the eggs.
24. Bechamel sauce
Bechamel sauce, or white sauce, is a mix of butter, milk, and flour. In fact, it is the mother of all other sauces. You use Bechamel sauce to create other sauces like Mornay sauce. The Bechamel sauce can be as thick or thin as you want. It all depends on the amount of flour or milk you use.
You can use Bechamel sauce to make the creamiest mac and cheese, make some delicious lasagna, or pour it on top of your favorite savory crepe.
Beef can be a very lean source of protein, but it all depends on the cut. It is a high-quality protein since it contains all the essential amino acids the body needs. On top of that, it is also a good source of vitamins B6 and B12.
According to the USDA, chicken, and beef are two of the most popular protein sources. Based on their research, the US population consumes around 50 pounds of beef per person.
26. Beef jerky
Beef jerky is a high-protein snack that is easy to carry around. It is made by marinating strips of meat in herbs, spices, and other additives. It then goes through a curing and/or smoking process. Since it is dried meat, it can last longer than fresh meat. In fact, with the right conditions, a slice of beef jerky can last several months.
But, just like BBQ sauce, you need to be careful with the sodium content. Since it is curated, which means soaking it in salt water, beef jerky can be very high in sodium. While it might be challenging (but not impossible), search for beef jerky that has less than 200 mg of sodium.
27. Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff, or Beef Stroganov, is a Russian dish made by sauteeing pieces of beef with mushroom gravy. According to legends, the dish was made by a French cook to soften meat, since a count had denture problems. However, there are different versions and theories of the creation of the dish.
What are the ingredients in Beef Stroganoff? In this recipe, we can find ingredients like beef, oil, onion, mushrooms, butter, flour, beef broth, Dijon mustard, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
28. Beef Wellington
If you are looking for an elegant dinner, Beef Wellington is the choice. To make it, you wrap a filet mignon in a butter puff pastry. While the origin of the dish is unknown, it seems that the recipe was named after the Duke of Wellington.
But, if you are looking to make this dish, you need to make it with time. Know that it will take around 2 hours to prepare the dish. So, make sure to make it ahead of time.
Imagine you are on a sandy beach, with the waves in front of you. You are thirsty. What can quench your thirst? A cold beer is a perfect option. The main ingredients in beer are water, yeast, and barley. The yeast ferments the carbs, which results in alcohol production.
There are different types of beer, but the most common one is lager. You can find it in a warm yellow color or a dark one.
Keep in mind that since most beers are made with barley, they are not gluten-free. If you want a gluten-free option, you need to find one that is certified as gluten-free.
30. Beetroot powder
Beetroot powder involves taking beets and turning them into fine powder. It is commonly used to add coloring to recipes, flavor, or in some cases, it is used in supplements due to its nutritional value.
Evidence suggests that beetroot powder can improve performance thanks to its oxygenation properties. Beetroot powder can increase nitric oxide, which widens blood arteries. If the arteries are wider, they can supply more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Thus, improving performance.
Beets are a highly nutritious food. They are a good source of folate and manganese. On top of that, it is high in antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation. Thanks to its high fiber content, it can also improve digestion and promote good bowel movements.
Besides using it for making smoothies or adding it to a salad, you can use beets for coloring or to make sugar. In fact, it is the second source of sugar in the world. For this reason, people with diabetes should be careful when consuming cooked beets.
Begnet is a deep-fried pastry. They are known to be light and airy like pastries. They are not to be confused with a donut. The shape, texture, and ingredients are completely different. For example, donuts contain more eggs than beignets.
To make a beignet, you need warm water, sugar, yeast, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, bread flour, butter, salt, and frying oil.
33. Belgian waffles
Unlike American waffles, Belgian waffles are lighter and airy like. In the beginning, they were made with yeast, but nowadays, some recipes are made with baking soda. In the beginning, there were called Brussels waffles. But, people were nervous that people wouldn’t know where Brussels was located. Hence, they changed the name to Belgian waffles.
Thanks to their extra big pockets, they allow for more toppings to fill the waffle. You can add maple syrup, jams, or fruit.
34. Bell peppers
Bell peppers are one of the foods with the biggest vitamin C content. In fact, one medium-sized bell pepper provides around 170% of the daily recommended value for vitamin C. They are also a good source of vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium.
People with anemia can highly benefit from adding bell peppers to their main meals. Vitamin C helps absorb iron, which is commonly found in meats. So, next time, add some sliced bell peppers to sautee your favorite meat. Not only will it taste great, but it will also increase iron absorption.
35. Beluga caviar
This is one of the most expensive caviars. It comes from the beluga sturgeon (Huso Huso), commonly found in the Caspian Sea. You might wonder, what makes caviar so expensive? While beluga is produced in large quantities, it takes roughly 10-15 years for the female to lay eggs.
Beluga caviar has amazing nutritional properties. It is high in vitamin B12, selenium, and iron. And, the best part is that you can get a good nutrient dose without adding too much of it.
If you haven’t tried this Korean dish, you don’t know what you are missing on! The term bibim means “mixing,” while the term bap means rice. So, this is a bowl of white rice with other ingredients like eggs, vegetables, and protein (chicken, meat, or tofu).
The dish offers different textures and flavors, making it one delicious treat for you to try.
One interesting fact about it is that the temperature served depends on the season. For example, it is often served cold in summer, and hot in winter.
Bilberrries, like any other berries, are a highly nutritious food. They resemble a blueberry, which is why they are often referred to as European blueberries. If you don’t know how to distinguish them, bilberries tend to be smaller and have a darker color than blueberries.
Bilberries are low in sugars and packed with antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation. On top of that, they are high in vitamin C, helping boost the immune system.
Also known as cantucci, biscotti are almond biscuits originally made in Tuscany. What makes them stand out over the rest of the cookies is that they are twice-baked. That is why they are crunchy and often dry. This makes them the perfect option to dip in some hot chocolate or a hot cup of coffee.
You might be wondering why they are baked twice. The first baking session is to cook the dough. The second one is to make them drier to help them have a longer shelf life. This made them great foods to take in long journeys.
Biscuits baked right are flaky, buttery, and melt in your mouth. These baked goods can be dressed sweet or dressed savory. For example, you can add jam, honey, sugar, or cinnamon. But, you can also make a chicken biscuit out of them (add a piece of fried chicken inside) or breakfast sandwiches (e.g. sausage, egg, cheese). You can also add cream cheese or pimiento cheese. Or, of course, eat them alongside sausage gravy!
Of course, that’s in the United States. The British version of “biscuit” is more like a cookie or cracker. Legends say these biscuits were originally created to be dunked in wine before toasting. And, just like biscotti, they were cooked until there were hard to extend their shelf life. Regardless, this version is TERRIBLE with sausage gravy. 😉
Bisque is a creamy French soup made with a crustacean broth. Typically, you use lobster, crab, crawfish, shrimp, and langoustines. To the broth, people sometimes add wine and cream to make it richer and smoother.
Since bisque can contain powdered crustacean shells, it is high in collagen. This can help improve skin and joint health.
41. Bitter melon
Also known as bitter gourd, bitter melon is a fruit known in Asian cuisine. It is long, green, and with bumps that resemble warts on its outer skin. It packs several nutrients like vitamins C, A, folate, and potassium.
It seems that thanks to its high fiber content, research shows that bitter melon can have positive effects on blood glucose control. In addition, also due to its high fiber content, it can also help reduce cholesterol levels.
As the name suggests, the fruit has a bitter flavor. However, its sharp flavor pairs nicely with fatty ingredients like olive oil.
42. Black beans
Black beans are one of the staple foods in every vegetarian or vegan family. The reason for this is its high plant-based protein content. In fact, one cup of black beans has the same amount of protein as 2 large eggs.
However, keep in mind that beans don’t have the same quality protein as eggs. They don’t have all the amino acids the body needs, meaning it is a low-quality proteins.
But, if you want to get the best out of beans without adding animal protein, try mixing it with whole grains. For example, when you mix rice and beans, each food supplies different amino acids, creating a high-quality protein.
43. Black cherry
Thanks to its vibrant color, cherries are high in nutrients and antioxidants. There are two types of cherries: sweet and tart.
Sweet cherries are great for cooking. You can make pies and desserts or have them on their own for a high-quality snack.
While you can have tart cherries on desserts, they are better for functional properties. Thanks to their melatonin and tryptophan content, they can help promote a good night’s sleep.
So, if you have insomnia, a glass of tart cherry juice might solve your problems.
44. Black grapes
The unique color of black grapes makes them one of the best sources of anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
You might also know them because they are used to making wine. Did you know it takes roughly 2.5 lbs of grapes to make one bottle of wine? Impressive, right?
But, besides being good for wine, they are also highly nutritious. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. That is why once in a while a glass of red wine might be beneficial.
45. Black pepper
Black pepper is one of the most well-renowned spices. You obtain it by grinding peppercorns, which are in fact berries. Like other berries, they are highly nutritious with great antioxidant properties.
One of the benefits of black peppers is that they can increase the absorption of certain nutrients like calcium and selenium. And, according to research, it can make turmeric (a powerful antioxidant) absorb 2,000% times better.
To get the best flavor, make sure you grind it before eating.
46. Black radish
You must be familiar with red and vibrant radishes. They are an essential part of a delicious salad. But, have you ever heard of black radish? They are like regular radishes but with an external black layer.
Black radishes are high in vitamin C, selenium, potassium, iron, and copper. They are also high in antioxidants which can help decrease inflammation, boost skin, and enhance the immune system. In addition, they can help improve digestion and promote detoxification.
If you don’t know how to use black radishes, use them fresh in a salad, make a black radish soup, or juice them.
47. Black rice
Black rice has a couple of names. If you don’t find it as black rice, you might find it as forbidden rice or purple rice. Thanks to their strong color, they are one of the highest in antioxidants. They are also higher in protein and fiber compared to white rice.
Some people might be scared to cook with black rice, but it has a similar cooking process as brown rice. It takes more time to cook, and you might need to add more water. But otherwise, it shouldn’t be that complicated to make.
You can even sautee it with garlic and onions before cooking it for more flavor.
48. Black-eyed peas
Black-eye peas are part of the legume family. Like beans, they are high in protein, making them a great food to add if you want to follow a plant-based diet. They were named black-eye peas due to their appearance. They have a black spot in the center, which resembles an eye.
As for their nutritional profile, besides being high in protein, they are also high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, copper, and vitamin K.
According to stories, it seems that consuming black-eye peas during New Year’s Eve can be a sign of good luck.
Blackberries are considered a superfood due to their high nutrient profile. They are low in calories and sugar, making them an excellent option for those who want better glucose control. On top of that, they are high in antioxidants.
There are more than 300 species of blackberries all around the world.
You can eat them raw. But, you can also make desserts, jellies, jams, and sauces from blackberries.
Blackcurrant are fruits high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other essential nutrients you need to stay healthy. They are sometimes called the “forbidden fruit” because they sometimes have a fungus that can affect white pine trees. For that reason, they were removed from some areas.
That is why they are more commonly found in the UK rather than in the US.
Still blackcurrant are a powerhouse food. Thanks to their antioxidant properties, it can help boost the immune system. In fact, blackcurrant have almost three times more vitamin C than oranges.
51. Blood orange
Blood oranges are citric fruits with a potent color. Due to their intense color, they are known for being high in antioxidants, helping decrease inflammation. Their high fiber content can help promote good gut health and increase fullness levels, leading to possible weight loss.
So, why does blood orange have that distinctive color?
It is all because of their anthocyanin content. They develop when the fruit ripens during warm days, followed by cold nights. It starts on the peel, and then it permeates onto the fruit. That is why blood oranges can have different pigmentation.
52. Bloody Mary
Looking for a delicious cocktail? Bloody Mary is a cocktail made with vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and celery sticks. Unlike most cocktails, this is a savory drink worth trying.
The creator of the drink was Fernand Petiot back in the early 1920s. So, it seems this drink goes way back.
While the drink’s name is still unknown, some people believe it is related to Queen Marry I of England, a crusader that killed hundreds of people. So, it seems that the tomato juice represents all the blood spilled during those times.
The puffer fish, or blowfish, is one of the deadliest animals on the planet. Their spikes contain deadly poison that can cause severe health effects.
While it might sound dangerous, you can eat blowfish if you have the right handling. Since venom is found in the internal organs, people need to know how to handle the meat to prevent it from contaminating the edible part.
With that said, if you try blowfish, ensure you get it from a certified place to prevent any possible health consequences.
54. BLT sandwich
To make this iconic sandwich, you are going to need bacon, lettuce, and tomato. After all, that is what BLT stands for (bacon, lettuce, and tomato). But, you can find different variations of this common dish. Sometimes people add avocado or chicken.
Additionally, you can change the type of lettuce, mayo, and bacon you use. For example, Iceberg lettuce might be the best option since it provides a crunch without affecting the flavor of the dish.
According to surveys, it seems that the BLT is VERY popular, often in the top 10 among sandwiches in the U.S.
55. Blue cheese
Blue cheese (or bleu cheese) is made by adding a mold called Penicillium. It gives it its characteristic blue spots. While most cheeses are made with cow’s milk, you can also use goat or sheep’s milk.
When it comes to the nutritional content of blue cheese, it is a good source of protein. But, keep in mind that it is also high in fat. So, you must carefully control the portions to avoid adding too many calories to your diet.
Thanks to its potent flavor, you can use it alone or mix it with other ingredients. For example, you can mix Greek yogurt and blue cheese (among other herbs) to make blue cheese dressing.
56. Blue crab
Blue crabs get their name due to the blue sections you see on their feet. They are an excellent source of protein since they provide all the essential amino acids the body needs, all while providing little fat.
They have sweet and tender meat. So, if you want to take advantage of the benefits of blue crab, you can steam it, make soup, or add it to a dip.
57. Blue Curacao
Despite its blue color, this delicious beverage is actually an orange-flavored liqueur. The coloring comes from food-grade coloring. While the most popular option is blue, you can also find it in other colors green, orange, and red. Typically, this beverage contains around 15 to 40% of alcohol.
Blue Curacao is made from Lahara oranges, which are originally from Curacao. But, while it has the name of this country, it doesn’t mean it needs to come from here to be named that.
Known as the king of antioxidants, blueberries are one of the foods with the highest antioxidant content. As a result, they can help reduce inflammation, decrease the risk of chronic illness, and improve cognitive function. Besides being high in antioxidants, they are also high in vitamins C, K, and manganese.
One of the impressive things about blueberries is that one bush can produce more than 6,000 berries per year. An impressive amount!
Blueberries have a protective layer, meaning you should only wash them once you are going to eat them.
59. Bluefin tuna
Blue fin tuna is a highly nutritious food. It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which can help decrease inflammation and promote good heart health. On top of that, evidence suggests that omega-3 can also improve mood and cognitive function.
One of the impressive things about bluefin tuna is that they can live up to 40 years! And, while they start small as larvae, they can reach up to 2,000 pounds.
60. Bok choy
While it doesn’t seem like it, bok choy is part of the cabbage family. That is why it’s called Chinese cabbage. Bok choy is highly nutritious, providing essential nutrients like vitamins K, A, C, folate, and calcium.
One of the benefits of bok choy is that you can use everything in bok choy. You can add the leaves to your favorite soup or chop the stalk and saute them with some meat.
A fun fact about bok choy is that it has many names: bok choy, Chinese cabbage, pak choi, Chinese mustang cabbage, and white vegetable.
There are different kinds of bologna. However, US bologna is made from beef and pork remains. Thus, it can include fat, muscle, organ meats, or other by-products.
For that reason, since it contains several remains, it is hard to really determine how much protein and fats it contains. But, on average, bologna can have around 30-40% fat and 30-40% protein.
While it can be a cheap protein to add, make sure you add it only a couple of times a week since it might produce negative health outcomes. If you have bologna, choose one with less fat than protein and less than 300 mg of sodium per serving.
62. Bolognese sauce
Bolognese sauce is a meat-based Italian sauce that is typically served with pasta. It is named that way because it was originally created in Bologna, Italy. If you want to make it, you’ll need olive oil, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, pancetta, ground beef, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and red wine.
Now, while most people call it Bolognese sauce (or meat sauce or spaghetti sauce), you might find it also referred to as ragu. So, if you are in Italy, you might want to call it ragu instead of Bolognese sauce.
63. Bone broth
Besides being a warm treat to have on a cold night, bone broth is highly nutritious, especially on collagen. Bone broth is made by cooking bones and tendons for several hours. As a result, you get a liquid with high collagen content.
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. You find it in tendons, joints, and skin. It seems that increasing the collagen content can help decrease joint pain and improve skin.
If you’re not keen on making bone broth from scratch, you can always buy it from your local store or buy a bone broth powder supplement.
Did you know that the word bouillon comes from the French word “boulir,” which means to boil. Bouillon is a broth made with fish, meat, chicken, or vegetables. You use it as a base to create soups, sauces, and gravies.
This is a handy food in your kitchen since it can take your dish to the next level. One of the benefits of bouillon is that you can place it in the freezer to use later or have bouillon cubes to add flavor.
Bourbon is an alcoholic beverage from the United States, mostly made in Kentucky. It is a barrel-aged whiskey derived from corn. It has a smoky flavor, and they typically have 40% of alcohol, meaning you need to be careful about how much you drink.
An interesting fact about bourbon is that once you use a barrel, you cannot reuse it. You need to throw it away once you take it out. Additionally, you need to store it in a white oak barrel to get its distinctive flavor.
Wheat kernels are made up of bran, endosperm, and germ. The bran is the outer layer of the endosperm. During processing, most of the bran is removed, leaving a product with a lower nutritional value.
You can find bran on its own. Sprinkling it on top of your favorite cereal or granola can boost the nutritional value of your meal. It will provide a nutty flavor and fibrous texture.
If you decide to add bran, make sure you add it slowly. Due to its high fiber content, it can cause stomach issues like bloating, gas, and constipation. So, if you are not used to it, start with only one teaspoon per day.
Brandy is a liquor made by distilling wine. It serves as a digestif, meaning it is usually taken after a meal to aid with digestion. On average, it can have 30-60% of alcohol. Did you know that the word brandy comes from the Dutch word “brandewjin” which means burned wine?
In most cases, the brandy you buy is aged only 6-7 years. But, if you want finer brandy, you can find it aged for a longer time, and it is usually blended from different barrels, providing a punch of flavor.
Bratwurst is a German sausage typically made from pork, but you can also find it made with veal or beef. The name comes from the combination of two words: brät (chopped meat) and worst (sausage). This is a low carb and high protein food, ideal for those who need to add more protein to their diet.
It seems there are 42 different types of bratwurst, but there might be more that might not be recognized yet.
69. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts, like any other nuts, are highly nutritious. Their high selenium content makes them stand out over the rest of the nuts is their high selenium content. Selenium is an essential nutrient that can help strengthen the immune system. In fact, just one nut has 175% of the daily recommended intake for selenium.
The Brazil nut tree is one of the highest trees in the Amazon. It can grow to be as high as 160 feet, so when a pod from a Brazil nut falls, it can travel almost 50 miles per hour. You definitely don’t want to be there when it happens.
Breadcrumbs consist of different bread made into fine powder. Sometimes, They are added herbs, and spices boost the flavor. You can use them to make fried foods, casseroles, or to thick sauces.
You can make breadcrumbs at home. To do this, place bread on a food processor and run it for a couple of minutes.
Keep in mind that breadcrumbs are high in carbs, meaning they are not suitable for a keto diet. If you want to have a low-carb coating, you can use almonds or chia seeds instead.
71. Bread pudding
If you don’t want to throw away stale bread, bread pudding is a great option. That is why in the beginning, the dish was commonly known as “poor man’s pudding,”
Bread pudding is a dessert using stale bread, eggs, butter, and milk. You can find them in savory or sweet presentations. In some cases, they are also added extra ingredients like chocolate chips, berries, jams, or raisins. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can add to bread pudding.
Bresaola is a salted beef aged for two to four months. Curating the beef results in intense red-colored meat with a strong salty flavor. It is a very lean protein, meaning it will provide you with a punch of protein without adding too much fat.
If you want to add more flavor to bresaola, some people add freshly grated pepper, lemon juice, or olive oil.
Brie is a soft cheese made in France, more especially from Brie (hence the name). It has a hard white exterior made from an edible mold. But, what makes it unique is its creamy center that offers a flavor like no other cheese.
There are different types of brie. They vary in their texture, flavor, and production methods. For example, some are aged for a longer period of time, creating a more intense flavor.
While brie is a good protein option, remember that it has more fat than protein. So, if you are adding it, make sure you are careful with the portion size to prevent adding more calories than you need.
If you are looking for slightly sweet bread, brioche is the best option. It is made a bit differently from other loaves of bread since it is made from enriched dough made from flour, eggs, and butter.
Even though it has a slightly sweet taste, you can use brioche in both sweet and savory dishes. The possibilities are endless for dishes you can create with brioche! You can make sandwiches or, my absolute favorite french toast.
Brisket is a cut of meat you get from the lower chest or breast or either veal or beef. To make brisket, you cook it at low heat for several hours. It can take 10 to 12 hours to cook a 16-pound brisket. That is why it is not a cheap dish. It is typically thinly sliced to get the most flavor.
What happens when you mix cooked sugar with nuts, like peanuts almonds, pistachios, or pecans? You get brittle! A confection made with broken pieces of sugar and nuts. It has a sweet, buttery, and slightly toasted flavor.
The origin of brittle is quite funny. It seems brittle was first created by mistake when a woman added baking soda instead of tartar to some taffy she was making. Instead of throwing it away, she continued to cook it until she got brittle.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable with high nutrient properties. It is in the same family as bok choy, kale, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts.
It is high in vitamins C, K, A, and folate. Thanks to its high antioxidant content, it can help reduce inflammation and promote good heart health.
Even though broccoli looks like a miniature tree, in reality, it consists of several flours in a bundle. So, if you would leave broccoli on the ground, it will mature into a new plant.
For a great keto broccoli salad recipe, look no further!
78. Broccoli rice
To make it more appealing, try sauteing it with some herbs and spices like garlic, onions, or peppers.
For people following a keto or low-carb diet, if you want a rice replacement, broccoli rice is the best option. To make it, grab some cooked broccoli and place it in a food processor until you get a rice-like food.
You can use broccoli rice to make low-carb bowls, burritos, or any other dish that requires rice.
We are not talking about young broccoli.
While it looks like broccoli, broccolini is another cruciferous vegetable. It has a more delicate flavor than broccoli, making it a better choice for those picky eaters. And, it is easier to cook due to its longer stalks.
They are high in fiber, meaning they can help improve gut health, fight constipation, and help regulate blood sugar levels.
Broth is a soup made with meat or vegetable chucks. Sometimes you can find it under the name of “stock”. Unlike bone broth, you don’t use any cartilage or bones to create the liquid. You only use the meat or any other vegetable you want to make.
While you can eat broth alone, it is often used as the base for sauces, gravies, or other soups.
Depending on the ingredients you use, it can be a highly nutritious food you can add on those cold nights when you need extra immune reinforcement.
81. Brown butter
When you cook butter past its melting point, you get a brown liquid called brown butter. As a result, you get butter with a nutty and caramel flavor. You can use it in both sweet and savory dishes.
To make brown butter, place the butter on a pan on medium heat. Make sure you constantly stir it to avoid burning it. Once you see it start going brown, it’s time to take it away from the heat and store it in a glass container. As simple as that!
Who doesn’t love brownies? They are this chocolaty goodness that comes in small squares. They are fairly easy to make. You need chocolate powder, flour, eggs, vanilla, flour, sugar, and oil.
While the most traditional is the chocolate brownie, you can find different variations. For example, there are peanut butter brownies, fudge walnut brownies, blondies (they are made without cocoa powder), and chocolate chip brownies.
For those that are on a low-carb diet, don’t worry, you can still have them. Switch the sugar to a sugar-free option like erythritol and regular flour for a keto-friendly flour like almond or coconut flour.
What happens when you get grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt? You get a bruschetta! This is a popular antipasto from Italy that consists of the mentioned bread topped with vegetables (in most cases tomatoes), cured meat, or cheese.
Did you know that the term “bruschetta” comes from the term “bruscare” which means “to roast over coals?”
To make it a more balanced dish, make sure you add a protein source on top of the bruschetta or on the side. Some slices of cheese or prosciutto will do the trick!
84. Brussels sprouts
Like broccoli, broccolini, and cauliflower, Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous family. So, you just know they are going to be a powerhouse of nutrients. Brussels sports are high in vitamins K, C, and folate. On top of that, they are high in antioxidants.
If you are having trouble with bowel movements, adding an extra portion of Brussels sprouts can help fight constipation thanks to its high fiber content. Just make sure to add an extra couple of glasses of water to help with digestion.
85. Bubble gum
Bubble gum is chewing gum made to inflate bubbles from your mouth. They were invented in 1928, meaning they have over 95 years of existence. You can find bubble gum in different flavors. The varieties are endless, from mint to berries or bubble gum flavor.
Now, there is a difference between chewing gum and bubble gum. While you might think they are the same, let me assure you that they are not. Chewing gum is softer than bubble gum, meaning it is not great to create bubbles. As the name suggests, it’s only meant to be chewed.
86. Buckwheat flour
Buckwheat flour is powdered buckwheat. Buckwheat comes from the family of pseudo-cereals, the same one where you can find quinoa and amaranth. Buckwheat is high in fiber and protein, making it a great flour option. Additionally, it is a good source of copper, magnesium, iron, and manganese.
Since it doesn’t contain any gluten, buckwheat flour is an excellent choice of flour for people that are gluten-intolerant. You can use it to make cookies, bread, or any other baked goods.
Buffalo meat is meat you get from water buffaloes. Not only is it a delicious meat, but it is also highly nutritious. It is low in cholesterol, fat, and high in essential nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamin B12.
In fact, it seems that grass-fed buffalo might be higher in iron than other meat sources like beef, chicken, and pork. So, if you suffer from iron deficiency, it might be worth adding to your diet.
88. Buffalo sauce
It’s Friday night, and there is nothing better than some Buffalo wings with a glass of beer. However, it might have popped into your head why they are called Buffalo wings. And, that is because they are made with Buffalo sauce.
Buffalo sauce is a hot sauce made with hot sauce, butter, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. So, as you can see there is nothing related to buffalos. So, why the name? The sauce was created in a bar in Buffalo, New York. Hence the name.
Bulgogi are traditional Korean dish made with thin slices of marinated meat typically grilled. In most cases, you use Sirlion, rib eye, or brisket to make the dish.
The flavor of Bulgogi depends on the ingredients you use to marinate it, but on average, you use soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, sesame seed oil, and sugar. Thanks to its wide range of ingredients, bulgogi is a complex dish that offers sweet, savory, and umami flavors.
90. Bulgur wheat
Bulgur wheat is a type of cereal made from dried and cracked wheat. Once you cook it, it has a chewy consistency, similar to quinoa. It has an earthy and nutty flavor that pairs nicely with several herbs, spices, and vegetables.
It is a highly nutritious food since it contains essential vitamins and minerals like manganese, copper, and magnesium. A benefit of bulgur wheat is that you can cook it in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Bun is a type of rolled bread. In most cases, they are savory, like when you add a patty to a bun, you get a hamburger. However, you can also add some honey or nuts to have a sweet bun.
To make buns, you need water, yeast, flour, sugar, and butter. They take some time to make and bake, but I can assure you that they are worth the wait.
92. Burdock root
Burdock root is a root common in Northern Asia and Europe. It is high in antioxidants, meaning it can help reduce inflammation, and its high fiber content can help fight constipation and promote good gut health.
If you want to eat burdock root, just peel the skin. You can eat it raw or cooked. In some cases, it is made into a powder to add to supplements or to add in some skincare products.
Who doesn’t know what burgers are? They are a delicious treat made with a patty, bun, tomato, and lettuce. Although there are different variations, the typical burger is made from the previous ingredients.
While most people call them burgers, the actual name is hamburgers. They come from “Hamburg steak” which was introduced in the US by German immigrants. In the beginning, they were are popular as they are now, where you can find a burger place on almost every corner.
Burritos are a popular dish made with a tortilla filled with beans, cheese, meat, and vegetables. While the origin of the name is not known, there are some assumptions that it might be named that way because they were served on the back of a donkey truck. After all, burritos in Spanish means little donkey.
Burritos originated in the Northern part of Mexico, and now they are one of the most popular dishes from that country.
Butter is a diary that has been churned until you get a solid result. It has been around for more than 9,000 years! Can you imagine? In the beginning, it was made using yak or goat’s milk. However, nowadays, butter is made of cow’s milk.
While most people think butter is just a fat, in fact, it is highly nutritious. It is a good source of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation. However, since it is high in fat, you need to be careful with how much you eat to avoid adding too many calories.
96. Butter lettuce
There are different types of lettuce, and butter lettuce is one of them. They are named butter lettuce due to their buttery feel and taste. Unlike iceberg lettuce which has a crunchy texture, butter lettuce has a creamier and softer texture.
Just like any other lettuce, they are highly nutritious. They are a good source of vitamins K, A, C, iron, and calcium.
Next time you are making a salad, instead of having just one type of lettuce, try adding several to create an explosion of textures.
Buttercream, or butter icing, is used to decorate or fill cakes. The main ingredients are butter and sugar, but they can have some flavorings or colorings added. Even though the most common type of buttercream is vanilla, you can also find it in chocolate or any other flavor.
Did you know there are different types of buttercream? You have American, Italian, Swiss, and French buttercream. They all have different ingredients, textures, and flavors, making them a unique option.
Fermented dairy is often referred to as buttermilk. You can purchase buttermilk at the grocery store, or you can make it at home. I know it sounds challenging, but it is fairly easy to make. Add one and a half teaspoons of lemon or vinegar to every half a cup of the milk of your choice. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, and you’ll have buttermilk.
You can drink buttermilk on its own or add it to your pancake mix to make the creamiest and fluffiest pancakes.
99. Butternut squash
Butternut squash is an orange winter squash. It is low in calories, carbs, but highly nutritious. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B6, potassium, and manganese. One of the benefits of butternut squash is its positive effect on eye health. One cup of butternut squash has over 400% of the daily recommended intake for vitamin A, an essential eye nutrient.
Did you know that its name comes from the flavor and texture it has? It tastes nutty, with a buttery feeling. Hence, butternut.
We’ve reached the 100th food that starts with the letter B!
And, we cannot leave without talking about butterscotch.
Butterscotch is a confectionery made with sugar and butter. It has a sweet and buttery flavor. It was created in the mid-19th century in Yorkshire.
Now, there is an important difference between butterscotch and caramel. While both use butter and sugar, butterscotch uses brown sugar, while caramel uses white sugar.