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Foods That Start With J

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Foods That Start With J

This article is brought to you by the letter J! 

Wait, this isn’t Sesame Street! But we still thought we’d have a little fun and learn about some delicious fruits, foods, and anything edible that happens to start with the letter J.

From ones you (hopefully) already know, like jalapenos and jelly beans, to new things – what the heck is a jackfruit?

How did Jerky get its name? And you’re new favorite dinner dish, jambalaya. 

Without further ado, let’s check out twenty foods that start with J. 



Jaboticaba is a purple Brazilian fruit that is slightly grape-like. They taste kind of like a combination of a sour grape candy and lychee fruit. Now you’ll have to look up lychee 🙂

Fresh Jackfruit


Jackfruit is a relative of a fig that grows in tropical places such as Southeast Asia, Brazil, and Africa. It looks somewhat like a melon, in size and shape, but has a bumpy, rough skin.

Even though it’s a fruit, it tastes more like chicken or pork and can be cooked with whatever sauce or seasoning you like.



Jalapenos are small red or green peppers that come from North America. They are fairly spicy and go great in Mexican and Latin American-inspired foods.

Think spicy guacamole and tasty salsas. Jalapenos also go great with mild things like cheese or cornbread. Yum!

Blackberry Jam


What’s the difference between jam and jelly you may ask? Well, I have the answer.

Jam is made with chunks of mashed fruits or fruit pulp, while jelly is made from the juices of fruits. That’s why jelly is smoother and more transparent.

I personally prefer jam. I just love that chunky goodness.



Jambalaya is a spicy Creole dish that originates from the French Quarter of New Orleans. It’s made up of ham, rice, chicken or shellfish, and sausage with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and celery.

This is a classic comfort food sure to heal you body and soul.

Japanese Plum

Japanese Plum

A Japanese plum is a yellow plum found in semi-tropical locales that is used for wine or jellies. 

Java Coffee


I know you know what java is! Coffee, baby! The strange, bitter liquid that comes from beans.

Who can live without it? It’s called java because of the island of Java, one of the places where Dutch colonists planted and harvested coffee. 

Fruit Jello


Jello is a weird, bouncy dessert made from gelatin. Serve it up in cool molds, fill it with fruits, or mix it with whipped cream.

However you make it, jello is delicious though! Kids and adults can all appreciate this odd treat.

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans, jelly beans the magical fruit… Hmm.. Is that how the song goes? Nevermind!

Jelly Beans are sweet hard on the outside, jelly on the inside candies that are shaped like beans. They come in about a million flavors, even pepper and booger thanks to Harry Potter.

My favorite controversial flavor is buttered popcorn. Weird or awesome? You decide.

Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll

A jelly roll is a thin, soft, and spongey cake that is smeared with jelly and then rolled tight into a log, creating a lovely little swirl on the sides.

They can look similar to cinnamon rolls, but are a more gourmet dessert sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party.

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

If you haven’t tried Jamaican Jerk chicken, go get some now. Jerk chicken refers to chicken coated in spices and slow-cooked over a fire or grill.

It’s smokey, spicy, and oh so good. You certainly don’t have to be a jerk to enjoy Jerk chicken.

Beef Jerky


Jerky is meat that has been cut into strips and dried. It originates from a South American Indigneous word (ch’arki) which literally means dried, salted meat. When you don’t have a refrigerator, drying meat is the best way to save it from spoiling!

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

A Jerusalem Artichoke, or sunchoke, is a species of sunflower native to North America. It’s tubers are used as root vegetables.

Fun Fact: It’s not actually an artichoke at all, but tastes like a water chestnut and can be eaten similarly to potatoes.

Jicama With Mango Slaw


Jicama is pronounced HEE-kah-ma and originates from Mexico. It’s a root vegetable, but tastes more like an apple, and has similar consistency.

In Central America it’s sold by street vendors with lemon or lime juice and chili pepper on top. Sounds delicious!

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Oh how I love cornbread! And Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix is a great way to make cornbread in a jiffy!

You can make a box of it in muffin tins for easy serving, or combine two boxes in a baking dish for thick, moist cornbread.

And don’t forget to smother it in butter and honey! Yum.

Jonathan Apples

Jonathan Apple

A Jonathon apple is widely regarded as one of the best tasting apples, with a  great sweet and sharp flavor combination.

It’s great for eating or cooking. It’s red and yellow with a creamy white interior and grows in the U.S.

Jordan Almond

Jordan Almond

Jordan Almonds are candy-coated almonds often seen at weddings. The “bitter” almonds and the “sweet” sugar symbolize the bitterness of life and sweetness of love.

Plus, they come in just about any color so they can match your theme!

Fresh Beet Juice


Juice is typically the liquid from a plant, usually a fruit. Squeeze an orange, you get orange juice! Cut open a lemon, you get lemon juice.

These days you can get juice from just about any fruit, and even some vegetables. Go get yourself some beet juice if you need help lowering your blood pressure!

Homemade Mint Julep


A julep is a sweet, syrupy drink that can contain medicine or alcohol. Though, a nice Mint Julep on a hot summer day is medicine enough for me.

Mint Juleps are the most common julep and contain bourbon, sugar, water, crushed ice, and a sprig of fresh mint. Just divine!

Julienne Cut Vegetables


Julienne isn’t exactly a food, but a way to eat food. To julienne something is to cut it into long thin strips.

It’s used on firm vegetables such as potatoes, celery, carrot, peppers, turnips, parsnips, and more. To make a fresh coleslaw, you’ll want to julienne your carrots and cabbage. 

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