Want to impress your friends with your knowledge on food? Well, why don’t you join me as I explore unfamiliar words and fun facts about foods that start with the letter E!
Some of these are common, while others are quite unusual. How many of these have you tried before? Let me know down below!
This French dessert is made with a choux pastry with a custard, whipped cream, pastry cream, or ice cream filling. It’s then topped with either chocolate ganache, caramel, or powdered sugar.
It’s quite similar to the cream puff, but instead of round pastry ball, it’s shaped like an oval.
Ecrevisse is an old French word, which means crayfish. It is hands down my favorite crustacean!
It looks like a smaller version of lobsters, but its taste is like a cross between crab and shrimp – sweet, meaty, and tender. Its other monikers include crawfish, freshwater lobsters, and mudbugs.
Edam cheese, which is also called queso de bola in Spain, is a semi-hard circle cheese covered in a red paraffin wax. This cheese never spoils and only hardens as it ages (which is a good thing).
Mild edam is best eaten with fruits like peaches and apricots, while aged edam goes well with pears and apples. It’s usually eaten with bread or crackers.
As for wine, edam goes well with Pinot gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
Edamame is a Japanese word that means “stem beans.” It refers to a method of preparing soybeans in a pod.
The pods are either boiled or steamed and served with salt or saltwater. It is a common dish in East Asia.
This freshwater fish is used in Japanese cuisine, where it is called “unagi.” The fish is grilled in teriyaki sauce and is used to top sushi or rice bowls.
Here’s an interesting fact: did you know that eel blood is toxic to humans? But don’t worry, because once it’s cooked, the toxins die, making it safe to eat.
6. Egg Noodles
Egg noodles are noodles made with flour and egg. It’s usually topped with butter, a cream sauce, or beef stroganoff.
Egg noodles are quite popular in Asian cooking. But they’re used in dishes around the world.
For instance, there’s the spätzle, the German egg noodles. In Turkey, they call it the kesme. In Jewish cuisine, they call it the lochshen.
The eggfruit is the fruit that grows from the canistel tree. Its flesh is orange yellow and has a sweet flavor.
The texture resembles that of a hard-boiled egg yolk, hence its name. It may be eaten raw or used to make jams and marmalades. It can also be used to make an “eggfruit nog”, a type of milkshake.
Also called an egg milk punch, an eggnog is a drink made with egg yolks, whipped egg whites, cream, and sugar.
Sometimes, people also infuse it with an alcohol, such as whisky, brandy, bourbon, and rum.
We all know that eggnog is a Christmas drink, but have you ever wondered why? Well, that’s because the warmth from the alcohol plus the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg makes it perfect for winter!
Eggplant is that deep purple to almost black-skinned fruit with a pale green flesh. Although it looks and tastes a lot like a vegetable, it’s actually a fruit!
They originated in India, where they’re more commonly referred to as brinjal.
While eggplant may be eaten raw, it’s got a rather bitter flavor, so it’s better to cook it. Grill or fry them in oil for more flavor.
Eggs have long been part of the human diet. But of course, the most common type are those we eat for breakfast, which are high in protein and Vitamin D.
Most of the egg’s fats, vitamins, and minerals are found inside the egg yolk. But the egg white and the egg yolk both have an equal amount of protein.
Interesting Fact: To find out if an egg is raw or hard-boiled, simply spin it!
If the eggs spins easily, it’s hard cooked. If it wobbles, it’s raw.
Elderberries are bluish-purple berries commonly used to make dietary supplements in juice or tea forms. When diluted, the berries turn water into a reddish hue, making it a good color additive for other products.
However, be careful when using elderberries because uncooked berries and its seeds, roots, and flowers are poisonous. They can cause cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. It’s totally safe when cooked, though!
12. Elephant Ears
How fun is this food’s name, right? Elephant ears are a popular carnival snack in Canada made with deep-fried yeast dough sprinkled with powdered sugar. One look at it and you will understand the logic behind its name.
Emmental is a medium-hard cheese from a Swiss region of the same name. It has a mild savory flavor and is used to make fondue, along with Gruyere.
Its inherent sizeable holes were once perceived as flaws, and makers tried to make it without them as best as they could. Now, it’s a trademark quality that sets them apart!
I am such a huge fan of this snack! Empanada is a baked or fried turnover with a savory filling.
It’s a popular dish in Latin American, Southern European, and Filipino cuisines. Apart from the soft and crusty dough, what makes it so yummy is the filling, which often comprises seasoned meat and gooey cheese.
This popular Mexican street is often filled with either beef or chicken, wrapped in corn tortilla, and then drenched in sauce.
The filling can include a variety of ingredients, including ground meat, beans, cheese, and veggies. As for the sauce, it can vary from a marinara, salsa, melted cheese, or a combination of all three!
Endive is a super nutritious leafy vegetable commonly used in salads. It has a nice crunch and mild bitterness to it when raw, but becomes softer and tastes nutty when cooked.
17. English Muffins
English muffins are a popular breakfast bread usually served with butter, jam, or honey.
They do not look like the American muffins at all, because it makes use of yeast instead of baking soda to give it lift.
But while they are called English, they’re not popular in England at all! Yup, English muffins are just as American as French fries.
Ensaimada is a Spanish sweet bread made with flour, mother dough, sugar, eggs, water, and pork lard. It may be eaten as is, but other variations stuff it with sweet fillings such as custard, chocolate, and pumpkin puree. Others top it with apricot, sugar, or shredded cheese.
These cooked land snails are a popular hors d’oeuvre in French cuisine.
Fun fact: chefs do not cook the snails in-shell. Rather, they take out the meat from the shell, cook it in butter and garlic, and place it back in the shell for presentation.
This Italian method of making coffee involves extremely hot water and ground coffee beans. Unlike other brewing methods, this process yields thicker, more concentrated coffee, making it so much stronger than others.