When you explore foods that begin with V, you will definitely notice the affinity for place names such as Valencia due to its popular orange, and Vienna for its eponymous sausage. You will also come across royalty in food names such as the Victoria plum and the Victorian scalyfin fish. With these few examples and many more, here is a list to bring out the gourmet in you with flying colors!


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We start with a glance at all the foods that start with letter V.

Fruits that start with V: Victoria Plum, Valencia Orange Fruit, Velvet Apple Fruit, Velvet Tamarind Fruit, Vanilla Fruit, Vine Grapes, Vogelbeere, Valencia Pride Mango, Varnaccia Grape, Volkamer Lemon.

Vegetables that start with V: Vivaldi Potatoes, Vegetable Marrow.

Grains that start with V: Vetch, Vigna, Villosa.

Legumes that start with V: Volcano Rice, Vavilovia, Ventricosa Rice, Vicia faba, Vigna aconitifolia, Vigna Mungo, Vigna Subterranea, Vigna Umbellata.

Meats that start with V: Veal, Vienna Sausage.

Seafood that start with V: Vongole, Vagabond Butterflyfish,  Vermillion Rockfish, Violet Damsel, Violet Goby, Velvet Whalefish, Vanjaram, Virgin Spinedace, Vampira Tetra, Victorian Scalyfin, Victoria Tilapia.

Dairy and Eggs that start with V: Velveeta, Vegan cheese,  Vaccenic acid, Varenets, Viili,  Vla.

Nuts and seeds that start with V: Vanilla bean, Verbena Officinalis Seeds, Vigna Subterranea Seeds.

Oils and fats that start with V: Vegetable Oil.

Sweets and desserts that start with V: Vanilla cake, Vanilla ice cream,  Vacherin, Valentine’s Day cookies, Vegan brownies, Velvet cake, Vienna torte, Vasilopita, Verrine, Vol-au-vent.

Beverages that start with V:  Virgin Mojito, Vanilla Latte, Vodka Tonic, Veggie Smoothie, Vanilla Milkshake, Verveine Tea, Vin Chaud, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Vouvray Wine, Vodka Martini.

Herbs and spices that start with V: Vanilla, Vidalia Onion,Vervain, Vietnamese coriander, Vanilla Bean, Vindaloo spice blend.

Prepared meals that start with V: Vegetable stir-fry, Vegetable curry, Veal Parmesan, Vegetable lasagna, Vichyssoise, Vegetable biryani, Vietnamese pho, Venison stew.

Fruits that start with V

If you feel that your hunger for fruits has been unsatiated through the entire alphabet, then it was time you tried the royal fruits that start with V! Need we add that at the very start is a royal plum named for the great Queen Victoria?  On the list you will also come across place names such as Valencia in Spain as well as fruits synonymous with places such as Tuscany in Italy. Viva le fruits!

1. Victoria Plum

Victoria plum is a type of plum cultivar known for its sweet and juicy flesh. It is named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who reportedly enjoyed this particular variety of plum. Victoria plums are commonly grown in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.

2. Valencia Orange Fruit

Valencia orange is a variety of citrus fruit known for its sweet and juicy flavor. It is named after the city of Valencia in Spain, where it was first cultivated. Valencia oranges are one of the most widely grown orange varieties in the world and are particularly famous for their use in orange juice production.

Related: news story on Valencia oranges.

3. Velvet Apple Fruit

Velvet apple, also known as mabolo or Diospyros blancoi, is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Ebenaceae family, which includes other fruits like persimmons and ebony trees. The fruit gets its name from the velvety texture of its skin.

4. Velvet Tamarind Fruit

Velvet tamarind, scientifically known as Dialium guineense, is a tropical fruit that belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is native to West Africa and is also found in other regions of Africa, as well as parts of Asia and the Americas. The fruit is called “velvet” tamarind due to the velvety texture of its pod.

5. Vanilla Fruit

Vanilla is a flavor derived from the beans of the Vanilla orchid, specifically from the species Vanilla planifolia. While commonly referred to as a “fruit,” vanilla is technically the fruiting pod or bean of the orchid plant.

6. Vine Grapes

Vine grapes, also commonly known as wine grapes or table grapes, are the fruits of the grapevine plant (botanical name: Vitis vinifera). Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years and are widely grown in various regions around the world for their use in winemaking, as well as for consumption as fresh fruit.

Related: nutrition in table wine

7. Vogelbeere

Vogelbeere is the German name for the fruit known in English as rowanberry or mountain ash. The botanical name for the tree that produces these berries is Sorbus aucuparia. Vogelbeere literally translates to “bird berry” in German, indicating that the fruit is often consumed by birds.

8. Valencia Pride Mango

Valencia Pride is a popular mango variety known for its large size, vibrant color, and excellent flavor. It is one of the many cultivars of mangoes that are grown around the world. The Valencia Pride mango originated in Florida, USA, and was first introduced in the 1940s. It is a cross between the Haden and Brooks mango varieties. Since then, it has gained popularity and is now cultivated in various mango-growing regions.

9. Varnaccia Grape

Vernaccia is a grape variety that is primarily associated with Italian wine production. It is most commonly known for its role in the production of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a white wine from the Tuscany region of Italy.

10. Volkamer Lemon

The Volkamer lemon, also known as Citrus volkameriana, is a citrus fruit that is closely related to the more commonly known lemon (Citrus limon). It is named after Johann Christoph Volkamer, a German botanist who extensively documented citrus varieties in the 18th century.

More resources: lemons full nutritional summary

Vegetables that start with V

Are gourds your favorite squashes or do you go the way of tubers when it comes to wholesome foods? On this list of vegetables that start with V, you will come along colorful potatoes and marrow squashes!

11. Vivaldi Potatoes

Vivaldi potatoes are a variety of potatoes that were developed in the Netherlands. They are known for their smooth texture, creamy flavor, and versatility in cooking.

Vivaldi potatoes have a yellow skin and a light yellow flesh. The flesh has a creamy and waxy texture, making it well-suited for boiling, steaming, roasting, or mashing. They are often praised for their ability to hold their shape well when cooked, which makes them ideal for salads or dishes where maintaining texture is important.

12. Vegetable Marrow

Vegetable marrow, also known simply as marrow, is a variety of summer squash that belongs to the Cucurbita pepo species. It is typically harvested when young and still tender. Vegetable marrows have a mild flavor and a soft texture, making them versatile in various culinary preparations.

Grains that start with V

Here are some grains that start with the letter V, which include two fodder crops that also double as flour ingredients. The list features vetch, a superior animal feed and villosa, whose rye bread we all know and love. 

13. Vetch

Vetch is a type of legume that is often used as a forage crop or cover crop. It is also consumed by humans and can be used in salads, soups, or stews.

14. Villosa

Villosa is a type of wild rye grass that is native to North America. Its seeds can be ground into flour and used in baking or as a cereal grain substitute.

Legumes that start with V

Wild rice such as the volcano variety, shapely grains such as the ventricosa rice and the actual broad bean scientifically known as Vicia faba, are all perfect examples of legumes that start with V, next.

15. Vigna

Vigna is a genus of flowering plants that includes several species of legumes commonly referred to as “vigna beans” or “cowpeas.” They are grown for their edible seeds and are used in various cuisines around the world.

More: calories/nutrition in baked beans.

16. Volcano Rice

Volcano Rice is a type of heirloom rice grown in certain regions, particularly in Indonesia. It is known for its dark purple color, nutty flavor, and slightly sticky texture.

More resources: cooked rice nutritional summary.

17. Vavilovia

Vavilovia is a genus of flowering plants that includes a few species of wild grasses. While not as commonly cultivated or used as other grains, some species within this genus have edible seeds.

18. Ventricosa Rice

Ventricosa Rice is a type of rice grown in the Philippines. It is known for its unique grain shape, resembling a small oval or “ventricle.” It has a slightly sticky texture and is commonly used in traditional Filipino dishes.

19. Vicia faba

Vicia faba, commonly known as fava bean or broad bean, is indeed not a grain but a member of the legume family. As a legume, it is characterized by its ability to fix nitrogen in the soil and its high protein content. The fava bean is known for its large, flat pods containing several seeds.

20. Vigna aconitifolia

Vigna aconitifolia, commonly known as moth bean or matki, is a small, drought-tolerant legume crop. It belongs to the family Fabaceae and is native to India. Moth bean is primarily grown for its edible seeds, which have a high protein content and are used in various culinary preparations.

21. Vigna Mungo

Vigna mungo, commonly known as black gram, urad bean, or black lentil, is a type of legume that belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and is widely cultivated for its edible seeds.

22. Vigna Umbellata

Vigna umbellata, commonly known as rice bean or ricebean, is a legume crop that belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is native to Southeast Asia and is primarily cultivated for its edible seeds, which are similar in size and shape to rice grains.

Meat that start with V

If you love tender meat, then this list of meat that starts with V, featuring veal, will meet your ideal. Though not a true meat, a certain sausage is also featured here as it is usually sold in packed form just like meat. Enjoy!.

23. Veal

Veal is meat from young calves, compared to beef which is the meat from older cattle. While it can come from either male or female calves, it is typically young males not needed for breeding that end up as veal. Veal is known for being much more tender than beef with a more delicate flavor.

24. Vienna Sausage

Vienna sausage is a type of small sausage that is often sold in cans. It is typically made from a mixture of finely ground pork, beef, and various spices. Vienna sausages are fully cooked and can be eaten cold or heated.

Seafood that start with V

Considering how much of our planet is covered in bodies of water, it’s easy to understand how there are so many fish and sea creatures we’ve either only discovered recently or have yet to discover. For instance, you might not realize just how many fish there are that start with the letter V. 

Related: nutrition in raw clams

25. Vongole

Vongole is an Italian word for clams, particularly the small, sweet, and delicate Venus clams (Venerupis philippinarum) commonly used in Italian cuisine. They are often used in pasta dishes such as linguine alle vongole.

26. Vagabond Butterflyfish

The vagabond butterflyfish is quite a visually striking fish found in African and Japanese regions, but is also available to be a part of your aquarium. This is a white fish with black striping towards its tail and its face, with a vibrant yellow stripe along its tail as well. Their tails are yellow with a translucent edge, and they have spiky scales at the tops of their body. 

27. Vermillion Rockfish

One thing many fish starting with the letter V have in common is their distinctive appearances. This is definitely true of the vermillion rockfish with its sharp-looking fins, large eyes, and bright red body. While the vermillion rockfish doesn’t grow to be exponentially large, they are known to live up to 60 years.  Unfortunately, because these fish don’t spawn that often, they have become endangered. As a result, any waters they’re found in tend to be monitored to avoid putting them at any more risk.

28. Violet Damsel

The stunning violet damsel is an eye-catching fish with brilliant violet and blue scales. One might also refer to this marine fish as the sky blue damsel, the sapphire devil, or the blue devil. One cannot usually catch a glimpse of this beauty outside of the Indian and Pacific oceans, though if you’re lucky, you might find one ready to come home to an aquarium. 

29. Violet Goby 

The violet goby is a somewhat widespread fish as they are able to thrive in different kinds of water. They are a fairly long, thin fish with a brilliant purple sheen to them and their body structure resembles that of an eel. Given the appearance of scales along their bodies, the violet goby is sometimes called a dragon fish.

30. Velvet Whalefish

The velvet whalefish not only has a cool name, but has a very unique appearance. This deep swimming fish is a bright reddish orange hue and is apparently very soft; hence its velvet moniker. Though it’s very rare to catch a glimpse of one of these beauties, they swim through the warm waters of Japan and New Zealand among other places. 

31. Vanjaram

The vanjaram is also known as the Indo-Pacific King Mackerel, found in fairly substantial quantities in the Indian Ocean. When full-grown, this fish can grow to be up to 100 pounds. They grow to be quite long as well, with a silver body and beady eyes.  While the vanjaram puts up quite the fight when it’s caught, many fishers enjoy catching the thrill of being able to hook one of these large fish. In India, the vanjaram is considered a delicacy for its unique taste and its nutritional value. 

32. Virgin Spinedace

The virgin spinedace might only be a small minnow found in a small area, but its beauty deserves the spotlight. As its name would imply, these little fish swim around the Virgin River and other fairly small regions of the United States. Since they only live in a few places in the world, they are considered quite vulnerable, though conservation efforts have proven somewhat successful. 

33.Vampira Tetra

Vampire Tetra is a type of fish that is native to South America. They are known for their sharp teeth and predatory behavior. They can grow up to 3 feet long and are popular among aquarium enthusiasts.

34. Victorian Scalyfin

A Victorian Scalyfin is often seen on our underwater live Reef Cam. They’re very territorial fish and can be seen driving other fish away and even striking at scuba divers who dare to come near their home. Here’s some interesting facts about them.

35. Victoria Tilapia

Oreochromis variabilis, the Victoria tilapia, is a species of African cichlid native to Lake Victoria and its tributaries, Lake Kyoga, Lake Kwania, and Lake Bisina (Salisbury), as well as being found in the Victoria Nile above Murchison Falls.

More: Uganda fish general information

Dairy and Eggs that start with V

Let’s explore some well-curated samples of dairy and egg foods that start with the letter “V.” From vegan cheese to the mouthy-worded vla of the Netherlands, here is a cheesy rollercoaster. 

36. Velveeta

Velveeta is a processed cheese product that is often used for melting, such as in recipes for cheese dips or macaroni and cheese.

37. Vegan cheese

While not a specific item, there are various brands of vegan cheese available in the market that are made from plant-based ingredients. These dairy-free alternatives can be used as substitutes for traditional cheese in many recipes.

Related: biscuit cheese nutritional highlights

48. Vaccenic acid

Vaccenic acid is a type of fatty acid that is found in certain animal products, particularly in the fat of ruminant animals like cows, sheep, and goats. It is a naturally occurring trans fat and is considered a precursor to conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), another type of fatty acid with potential health benefits.

39. Varenets

Varenets, also known as varenye, is a traditional Eastern European preserve made from fruits or berries. It is similar to jam or fruit preserves but is often less sweet and has a thicker, more chunky texture. Varenets are typically made by cooking fruits or berries with sugar until they soften and release their juices, resulting in a thick, spreadable mixture.

40. Viili 

Viili is a traditional Finnish fermented dairy product that resembles a thick, gelatinous yogurt. It has a mild tangy flavor and a viscous, rope-like texture. Viili is made by inoculating milk with specific strains of bacteria, typically Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris and Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, which ferment the milk and create the unique texture.

41. Vla

Vla is a Dutch dairy product that is similar to a thick custard or pudding. It is typically made from milk, sugar, and a thickening agent such as cornstarch or egg yolks. The mixture is heated and cooked until it thickens, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture. Vla comes in various flavors, with vanilla (vanillevla) being the most popular. Other common flavors include chocolate (chocoladevla), caramel (karamellvla), and butterscotch (toffeesmaak). Some variations may also incorporate fruit flavors such as strawberry or banana.

Nuts and seeds that start with V

The nut world is as hard to crack as the nuts themselves because of the rarity of these protein-rich nutty-tasting seeds. All the same, here you will find nutty commoners such as the vanilla bean and novelties such as the verbenas. 

42. Vanilla bean

While not a traditional nut or seed, the vanilla bean comes from the vanilla orchid plant. The beans are the fruit of the plant and contain tiny seeds inside. These seeds are used to extract the aromatic vanilla flavor, which is widely used in cooking and baking.

43. Verbena Officinalis Seeds

The whole flowering plant of Verbena officinalis is partially useful in culinary and medicinal terms. The bright, fairy, purple flowers containing the seeds are crushed to make herbal tea. Leaves in dried and crushed form also make good infusions for treating various forms of fever and curbing cell inflammation. This plant grows naturally in the United States, especially in the United States Department of Agriculture’s designated Zone 7. 

44. Vigna  Subterranea Seeds

Vigna subterranea is the species name of a variety of groundnuts known by the common names such as hog-peanut, ground-bean and Bambara nut.  It belongs to the bean family and is one of the most essential crops in tropical Africa where peanuts and cowpeas form staple diets. 

You can eat Vigna subterranea seeds in two ways: by cooking them fresh or drying them first before boiling. They are also good pudding ingredients, usually after they are ground in their fresh or dried form.

Oils and fats that start with V

On this list of oils and fats that start with V, you will find the real king of oils: vegetable oil. Nutritious and without much of the saturated fats of animal oils, this single item will ideally make your cooking day!

45. Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is a broad term that refers to any oil derived from plant sources. It is commonly used for cooking, frying, baking, and salad dressings. Vegetable oils can be made from a variety of plants, including soybeans, canola seeds, sunflower seeds, corn, olives, and more.

Nutrition: vegetable oil nutrition.

Sweets and desserts that start with V

There are several notable sweets and desserts that start with the letter “V.” Here are a few examples beginning with the quintessential vanilla cake to the indispensable velvet cake.

46. Vanilla cake

Vanilla cake is a classic and versatile dessert loved by many. It is made with a vanilla-flavored batter that is light, moist, and often has a delicate crumb.

47. Vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream is a classic and popular frozen dessert known for its smooth, creamy texture and delicious vanilla flavor.

Related: vanilla ice cream nutrition. 

48. Vacherin

Vacherin is a delightful dessert that can refer to two different types of desserts: Vacherin glacé and Vacherin Mont d’Or.

49. Valentine’s Day cookies

Heart-shaped cookies often decorated with icing and sprinkles, commonly enjoyed on Valentine’s Day.

50. Vegan brownies

Brownies made without using any animal products, suitable for those following a vegan diet.

51. Velvet cake

Similar to red velvet cake, but it can come in different colors and flavors, such as blue velvet or strawberry velvet.

52. Vienna torte

A rich, layered cake typically filled with jam or cream and topped with a glaze or icing.

53. Vasilopita

A Greek New Year’s cake made with a buttery batter and traditionally containing a hidden coin or charm.

54. Verrine

A French dessert consisting of layered ingredients, such as cake, custard, fruit, and whipped cream, served in a glass.

55. Vol-au-vent

A puff pastry shell filled with sweet fillings like fruit compote, custard, or whipped cream.

Beverages that start with V

Is it that you thirst for a martini? Here you have a vodka martini. Is it a latte that you yearn for? Here you will find a vanilla latte to quench the yearning. To be certain, this list of beverages that start with V is meant for all tastes.

56. Virgin Mojito

A non-alcoholic version of the classic Mojito cocktail, made with lime juice, mint leaves, sugar, soda water, and crushed ice.

57. Vanilla Latte

A coffee-based beverage made with espresso, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup.

58. Vodka Tonic

A refreshing cocktail made with vodka and tonic water, often garnished with a slice of lime or lemon.

59. Veggie Smoothie

A healthy blended drink made with various vegetables like spinach, kale, cucumber, and celery, often combined with fruits and a liquid base like water or coconut water.

60. Vanilla Milkshake

A creamy and sweet beverage made with vanilla ice cream, milk, and optionally flavored with vanilla extract or syrup.

61. Verveine Tea

A herbal tea made from the leaves of the verbena plant. It has a delicate citrus flavor and is often served hot or iced.

62. Vin Chaud

Also known as mulled wine, it is a warm beverage made by heating red wine with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and citrus zest.

63. Vietnamese Iced Coffee

A strong coffee drink made with dark roast coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and served over ice. It’s a popular drink in Vietnam.

Related: iced coffee nutrition.

64. Vouvray Wine

A white wine produced in the Loire Valley of France, known for its fruity and floral characteristics. It can be enjoyed still or sparkling.

65. Vodka Martini

A classic cocktail made with vodka and a small amount of dry vermouth, typically garnished with an olive or lemon twist.

Herbs and spices that start with V

Be ready to get herbal and spicy with herbs and spices that start with V, from Georgia in the US where you find a sweet onion known as Vidalia, to the king of spices, vanilla which grows in the tropics.

66. Vanilla

Velvet bean, scientifically known as Mucuna pruriens, is a legume native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. It is also commonly referred to as cowhage, cowitch, or kapikachu. The plant gets its name from the velvety texture of its bean pods and is primarily known for its medicinal and agricultural uses.

Vanilla is a popular spice derived from the pods of the vanilla orchid. It is known for its sweet, floral flavor and is commonly used in baking and desserts.

More resources: nutrition in vanilla extract.

67. Vervain

Vervain is an herb with a long history of medicinal use. It is known for its calming properties and is often used in herbal teas or as a flavoring agent.

68. Vietnamese coriander

Also known as rau ram or laksa leaf, Vietnamese coriander is a herb commonly used in Vietnamese cuisine. It has a citrusy, peppery flavor and is often used in soups, salads, and stir-fries.

Related: prices of Vietnam coriander seeds.

69. Vidalia Onion

The Vidalia onion is a type of sweet onion that is named after the region in which it is primarily grown, Vidalia, Georgia, in the United States. It is renowned for its mild and sweet flavor, which sets it apart from other types of onions.

70. Vindaloo spice blend

Vindaloo is a spicy Indian curry dish, and the spice blend used to make it often includes a combination of spices such as cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and chili peppers.

Prepared/cooked meals that start with V

From basic vegan dishes such as the classic vegetable curry to versatile name place dishes such as veal Parmesan, here is a list of ready dishes that start with the letter V to make you salivate for more. You can make them in stir-fry fashion, bake them or just concoct them into a rich meat veal stew. Enjoy!

71. Vegetable stir-fry

A dish consisting of various vegetables, such as broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, and snow peas, stir-fried with seasonings and sauces like soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.

72. Vegetable curry

A flavorful dish made with a combination of vegetables, spices, and a sauce base, such as coconut milk or tomato-based curry sauce.

73. Veal Parmesan

A classic Italian dish featuring breaded and fried veal cutlets topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese, typically served with pasta.

Similar: veal parmigiana nutritional summary. 

74. Vegetable lasagna

A layered casserole dish made with lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, and a variety of vegetables like zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers, along with cheese and herbs.

75. Vichyssoise

A cold, creamy potato and leek soup that is typically served as an appetizer.

76. Vegetable biryani

A fragrant rice dish made with basmati rice, mixed vegetables, and a blend of spices, often including cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cardamom.

77. Vietnamese pho

A popular Vietnamese soup consisting of a flavorful broth, rice noodles, and toppings such as beef or chicken, fresh herbs, bean sprouts, and lime.

78. Venison stew

A hearty stew made with tender cuts of venison (deer meat), vegetables, and a rich broth, often seasoned with herbs and spices.

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