I found myself browsing the Internet the other day as an attempt to find a new recipe to try that day. What I saw was a huge list of possibilities when using foods that start with the letter V. Now, you can use this list yourself too and be surprised by the endless options!
- #1. Vanilla Extract
- #2. Vinegar
- #3. Vegetable Oil
- #4. Vindaloo Curry Powder
- #5. Veloute Sauce
- #6. Valencia Orange
- #7. Vanilla
- #8. Velvet Apple
- #9. Velvet Tamarind
- #10. Voavanga Fruit
- #11. Velvet Bean
- #12. Vidalia Onion
- #13. Victoria Plum
- #14. Vermicelli Noodles
- #15. Vetkoek
- #16. Vegetable Soup
- #17. Victoria Sponge Cake
- #18. Vindaloo
- #19. Vatapa
- #20. Vichyssoise
- #21. Vatrushka
- #22. Viennoiserie
- #23. Vitello Tonnato
- #24. Vol-au-vent
- #25. Vori Vori
- #26. Vada Pav
- #27. Varuval
- #28. Veal
- #29. Velveeta
- #30. Venison
- #31. Vienna Sausage
- #32. Vodka
- #33. Valerian Tea
Here is our list of fruits, vegetables, cooked food, and whole foods that begin with the letter V:
Condiments, Spices, and Additives
#1. Vanilla Extract
If you like baking, then you surely have some vanilla extract at home. This additive is a liquid that comes from the vanilla pods macerated in ethanol and water. It is a flavoring and coloring in baking things like brownies, cakes, cupcakes, ice creams, and more.
See More: Vanilla Extract Substitutes
Vinegar is a common household item that is composed of acetic acid and other chemicals, as well as flavorings in some cases. Acetic acid is the result of the fermentation of ethanol or sugar by certain bacteria.
Vinegar is a common ingredient in cooking but can also be a cleaning agent and other house chores.
See More: Vinegar Shelf Life
#3. Vegetable Oil
The term vegetable oil is the term to describe oils or fats that are extracted from seeds or parts of fruits. The most common vegetable oils are soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil.
The level of saturated fats varies from oil to oil, but canola is considered the safest one to consume.
See More: Vegetable Oil Alternatives
#4. Vindaloo Curry Powder
Vindaloo curry powder originates from the Goa region of India, and it was a product of Portuguese colonizers experimenting with spices to make something similar to adobo.
This mix of spices contains traditional pepper, ginger, and turmeric, but also more heat due to the Indian chiles. Vindaloo curry powder is essential in cooking vindaloo pork and chicken dishes famous in Indian cuisine.
#5. Veloute Sauce
This sauce is a savory roux made with light stock. It is considered one of the five “mother sauces” of French cuisine. In most cases, veloute sauce is used as a base for other sauces and gravies.
Fruits and Vegetables
#6. Valencia Orange
Valencia orange is a hybrid fruit that contains fewer seeds and is sweeter. You may not see these oranges in many places because they are mostly grown to produce orange juice.
Like other oranges, valencia oranges contain high amounts of vitamin C, A, D, B12, B6, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Not everyone knows this, but vanilla is a fruit from a tree native to Mexico. The vanilla fruit is a long capsule that will dry and open when ripe. Vanilla is a common ingredient in baking, cooking, and making other flavorings and additives.
#8. Velvet Apple
Velvet apple is a tropical fruit from the Philippines, and it is protected by law, so exports are not permitted unless there are certain circumstances. The fruit gets its name from the velvety fruit skin it has, but the flesh is creamy and pink.
You can also find velvet apples in Indonesia, Indian, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, but they may have different names.
#9. Velvet Tamarind
Velvet tamarind is a species of legume from Ghana, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam. Traditionally, the pulp of this fruit is used in making beverages, and not eaten whole. Velvet tamarind is considered a good diuretic and protective of the heart.
#10. Voavanga Fruit
Also known as Spanish tamarind or voa vanga, this is a fruit native to Africa. It is an orange fruit that is widely consumed across the continent and has many names across countries. The pulp is juicy and has a slightly acidic taste.
#11. Velvet Bean
Velvet bean is a tropical legume native to Africa and Asia. Most people remember this plant because it causes extreme itchiness upon contact with the skin. The beans, however, are eaten as a vegetable or fermented.
#12. Vidalia Onion
The Vidalia onion is one of many varieties of sweet onion that grows in the US. The name comes from the region where it was first grown, Vidalia, Georgia. This type of onion is much sweeter and contains less sulfur than other onions.
#13. Victoria Plum
Also known as English plum, this fruit is oval-shaped and part of the egg plum group. The flesh is yellow and the skin is red. This plum is the most popular in the UK and across Europe, often used in making jams, jellies, and desserts.
#14. Vermicelli Noodles
These noodles are made from rice flour and they are common in Asian cuisines. Vermicelli noodles are often served with thick sauces, in stir-fries, or soups. You will often find these noodles in Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and other Southeast Asian restaurants and markets.
Vetkoek is a South African fried dough bread usually filled with ground beef, honey, syrup, or jam. It is often thought of like a fried doughnut, and it is served during holidays and festivals. The word vetkoek means “fat cake” in Afrikaans.
#16. Vegetable Soup
A classic soup in cold weather, this dish is made solely with vegetables and dates to ancient times. In most cases, vegetable soup is prepared using stock, but it can also be creamy.
Basic ingredients include carrots, celery, peas, squash, potato, legumes, beans, and sometimes grains or noodles.
#17. Victoria Sponge Cake
A Victoria sponge cake is a light cake made of eggs, flour, and sugar, often covered in powdered sugar. The difference with other sponge cakes is that in the Victoria one, the flour is added in equal amounts as the eggs, sugar, and butter.
This cake is considered more fluffy and airy because of the way it is made.
Vindaloo is an Indian curry dish based on the Portuguese traditional dish called carne de vinha d’alhos. It is made with vindaloo curry powder and is primarily composed of pork and sauce.
In modern versions of this dish, it is considered a medium spice level, and often comes served with potatoes.
Vatapa is an Afro-Brazilian dish composed of bread, shrimp, coconut milk, peanuts, and a creamy paste of palm oil. This dish is originally from the Bahia region of Brazil, though it can be found in other places around the country.
Some people prepare this dish with tuna, cod, or chicken instead of shrimp and accompany it with rice.
This thick soup is made of boiled and pureed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock. While vichyssoise is usually served cold, it can also be eaten hot. This soup dates back to the French 19th-century cookbooks.
Vatrushka is an Eastern European pastry composed of dough formed into a ring with a hole in the middle. This dish can sometimes be served with fruit, raisins, or cheese inside. Vatrushka is often prepared with sweet yeast bread dough.
Viennoiserie is the term used to refer to a group of baked goods that are made in the style of Vienna, Austria. These are often made with a puff pastry and laminated dough. Typically, viennoiserie is meant to be eaten at breakfast time or as a snack.
#23. Vitello Tonnato
Vitello tonnato is a Piedmontese Italian dish consisting of sliced veal meat served cold and covered with a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce made from tuna.
This dish is traditionally served in the summertime as a main dish. The sauce contains white tuna, white wine, vinegar, onion, garlic, olive oil, and egg yolks.
Vol-au-vent is a hollow puff pastry that is usually made by cutting two circles, making a hole in one of them, and then stacking one on top of the other. This pastry was meant to hold meat, but can now be filled with either sweet or savory foods.
In France, it is served as an appetizer, while it is the main dish in Belgium.
#25. Vori Vori
Vori vori is a thick yellow soup that contains balls of cornmeal, cornflour, and cheese. This soup is traditional from Paraguay and Argentina. In some cases, vori vori can also contain garlic, oil, onion, pumpkin, milk, or rice.
#26. Vada Pav
This vegetarian sandwich consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling that comes inside a bread bun. Vada pav is usually served with chutneys and green chili pepper, and it is considered street or fast food.
Some people refer to vada pav as a Bombai burger, and it is one of the most common foods in Maharashtra.
Varuval is a Southern Indian and Malaysian dish consisting of marinated chicken, garlic, curry, pepper, cinnamon, fennel, and chilies.
This dish is usually served with rice, and it is not considered a main dish. The chicken is usually prepared by dry-frying, so it is very crunchy.
Fish, Poultry, Meat, and Others
Veal is the meat that comes from calves, instead of the beef from the older cows. Most veal that is consumed commercially comes from male calves, though it can come from either gender and various ages. Generally, veal is considered a more tender and expensive cut of meat.
Velveeta is the brand name of a processed cheese product very common in the United States. While many think of it as cheese, it is a mix of ingredients like milk, water, whey, milk fat, lactic acid, calcium phosphate, and more.
This food is often served as an appetizer in Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisines known as “queso”.
Venison is the meat of the elk or deer and is categorized according to cuts. This type of meat is often consumed by those who hunt the animals, but it can be found in certain regions.
Traditionally, venison is considered a game and is prepared by those who know how to hunt and clean the animal.
#31. Vienna Sausage
A Vienna sausage is a thin parboiled sausage made of pork and beef, usually in the casing of the sheep’s intestine. This sausage is often sold canned in water and lasts very long, so it is kept in the pantry.
In Europe, these sausages are sold everywhere, from delicatessens to supermarkets and festivals.
Cocktails and Beverages
You probably have heard of vodka before, as it is a very popular and common alcoholic beverage. This distilled beverage is made from fermented grains, like cereals or potatoes.
Vodka is part of many cocktails, including vodka martini, Cosmopolitan, Moscow mule, and bloody Mary.
See More: Does Vodka Go Bad?
#33. Valerian Tea
This herbal beverage is made from the roots of the valerian root. Some commercial teas may also have other herbs, and this tea is mostly sold as a relaxation and sleeping aid. The flavor of the valerian root is woodsy and somewhat floral.
Common fruits that start with the letter V include Valencia orange, velvet apple, velvet tamarind, and Victoria plum. While many don’t realize it, vanilla is also a fruit.
Vodka and valerian tea are two drinks by the letter V. Anything with vanilla is also a drink by the letter V.
Some snacks by the letter V include Velveeta, Vol-au-vent, and Viennoiserie. Vada Pav and Varuval are also Indian snacks that start with the letter V.
Who would have thought that there are so many foods that start with the letter V? You can make some of these at home and try others next time you go to dinner. Start experimenting with new foods and flavors!