When you live with picky eaters – whether they are your children, your spouse, or maybe even yourself – you have to get creative with how you introduce different foods into your meals. Eating a variety of foods can be fun when you turn it into a game. We decided to try a new food from A to Z, and created this list of foods to have options to choose from. Here is our list of foods that start with V, including fruits, vegetables, and other fun things to eat!
Why eat foods from every letter of the alphabet?
When you step outside of your food comfort zone, you have the opportunity to discover a new food that you never knew you could enjoy. There are so many foods that we haven’t tried, for various reasons – because our parents never cooked them, they weren’t available in our area, they are popular foods in different cultures, or just because we didn’t know they existed!
Trying different foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can provide our bodies with a variety of nutrients that we wouldn’t normally have. It can also get us out of the “what’s for dinner” rut when we get bored of eating the same old things over and over again.
These food lists are also great when teaching the alphabet, or when looking for a fun food for show and tell day at school!
If you’re looking for a little flavor in the kitchen, or a way to spice up your life, try one – or all! – of these foods that start with the letter V.
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Vegetables that start with V
Valerian root is native to Tropical Asia and Europe. While it is a plant, it’s not something you’re just going to munch for a snack. This root is commonly used as a sleep aid. A popular way to consume Valerian root is by brewing valerian tea. It is served hot with a splash of lemon juice or honey.
Ok ok, this isn’t a single vegetable, but it is a way to eat vegetables! Vegetable soup is a staple food in North America. The main ingredients can vary. Really any mixture of vegetables and beans will do.
Some people like to cook corn, green beans, peas, carrots, okra and celery in a pot of chicken stock. Some put other meat in their vegetable soup, such as ground beef or turkey meat. Some like to serve it with crackers or on a bed of rice.
This vegetable hits home. I am actually from Vidalia, Georgia which is where Vidalia onions get their name!
Vidalias are sweet onions and are perfect to add to almost any dish. They are great raw or cooked. Add them to a burger, or a salad. Fry them up for the most delicious onion rings you will ever taste.
They are also delicious to make into caramelized onions and place on top of a hamburger steak, or add them to a cheese burger.
Fruits that start with V
This tropical fruit has a very sweet flavor and is considered the juiciest of all oranges. It can be difficult to separate the segments, so most choose to cut it similar to a melon.
Valencia oranges are grown in both Florida and California (where most of the oranges are grown in the United States), but Valencias are mostly grown in Florida while California grows most of our navel oranges.
It gets its name from Valencia, Spain, and it’s the only type of orange that grows in the summer! #funfacts
Valencia Pride Mango
This type of mango originated in Florida. It is commonly eaten fresh, but as with other mangos, they can be used in fruit salads, ice creams or yogurt.
Originating in China and the Phillippines, the velvet apple is similar to an apple, but is actually a tropical fruit! This fruit is used in some of the same type of recipes as other tropical fruits, as well as apples, such as pie, cake and apple crisps.
It is even used to make a yummy alcoholic beverage called the Velvet Apple Cocktail.
These egg-shaped english plums are named after Queen Victoria, and the most popular plum in the UK. They are delicious when eaten freshly picked from the tree.
If you find them in the grocery store, they have most likely been pickled in order to make them ripen quicker.
Other Foods That Start With V
Vada pav is a popular street food in India, also known as the Bombay burger. This awesome vegetarian dish consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling placed inside a bun, typically served with a chutney and green chili peppers.
If you want to mix fast food with Indian cuisine, then you’ll want to try this!
Vanilla beans are commonly sold still in their pods. These beans are used for the vanilla flavor in Vanilla extract, which is used in many baking recipes. Vanilla Ice cream is also a very common dessert that is enjoyed all over the world.
This sauce is one of the five mother sauces. It is a mayonnaise-like sauce in which white wine and lemon juice form an acidic liquid combined with the stock or roux, making it a delectable sauce that can be poured over seafood dishes, poultry, game animals, or a number of different foods.
The term vermicelli refers to rice starch. This type of noodle is made from rice flour and commonly used in Asian cuisine. They are very similar to angel hair pasta and can be paired nicely with a large list of foods such as vegetables, chicken, pork and beef.
Victoria Sponge Cake
Another dish named after Queen Victoria. A very popular dish in French cuisine. Sponge cake. Unlike traditional cakes, it does not use egg yolks, only egg whites and calls for coconut milk. It is very light and airy. This cake had two layers that have a rich jam between them.
These tiny sausages are one of the very popular foods at my house. This thin parboiled sausage is made up of different types of meat. Very similar to how hot dogs are made, but smaller and they are packaged in a can.
My husband loves to warm them up and drizzle them with maple syrup. To be honest, I’m not a fan at all – but he loves them!
Vinegar is used in many different recipes. There are different varieties that are used for different style foods.
Apple cider vinegar is known for health benefits and helping individuals lose weight, but can also be used in the kitchen to add a bit of sweetness to a dish. Balsamic vinegar has a milder flavor and is commonly used in salad dressings or mixed with a bit of olive oil for a bread dip.
Vori vori is a thick yellow soup that contains balls of cornmeal, cornstarch, and cheese. It is a traditional soup from Paraguay. It is served as a hot soup, during the cold months, to help add warmth to the body. It is served in all parts of the world.
Which “V” food is your favorite?
Do you have a favorite food that starts with V that isn’t on our list? Or even a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear about it, so leave us a comment below!