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20 Foods That Start With V

Here are 20 different foods that start with the letter V. Some of our favorites include Vindaloo, Victoria sponge cake, and Vermicelli! How many of these foods have you tried?

Sometimes when my family goes on road trips, we pass the time by playing the Alphabet Game. This is where you pick a category and list something in that category for every letter of the alphabet.

Foods That Start With V

For instance, movies – A is for Aladdin! B is for Back to the Future! You get it.

But recently we were doing food, and no one could think of any foods that start with V. Eventually we got Vanilla, but we were pretty stuck after that. So I decided to do my research so that I can beat everybody at the game next time! 

And to share my knowledge, I’ve compiled this list of twenty foods that begin with V. From the obvious – veggies, to new things like Vindaloo and Vol-Au-Vent; a tasty French pastry.

20 Foods That Start With V

So without further ado, here are some fun facts about the most popular foods that begin with V.

Valencia Oranges

1. Valencia Orange

Valencia oranges are sweet summer oranges named after Valencia, Spain. However, they actually come from Florida!

The best thing about Valencia oranges is that they are super juicy, great for juicing your morning OJ, or just enjoying as a luscious snack.

Valerian Root

2. Valerian Root

Valerian is an herb that originates in Europe and Asia. It can be drunk as a tea or taken in capsules to help you sleep better at night. The flowers are also a tasty lunch for butterfly and moth larvae. 

Vanilla Extract

3. Vanilla

Did you know that vanilla comes from orchids? I had no idea until researching for this article. But it’s true!

The pods are harvested and turned into the lovely flavoring that we all use for baking!


4. Veal

I always get veal and venison confused when I’m ordering food. I’ll get to venison in a minute, for now let’s talk about veal.

It’s essentially beef but it comes from a calf rather than a grown cow, and it has a milder flavor compared to beef due to the age and diet of the calves. 

Roasted Vegetables

5. Vegetables

We all know and love veggies! Well we at least all know about them… Broccoli, corn, eggplant, peppers. There are so many different kinds of veggies!

It’s actually surprising that they are called the same thing with how different they are from each other. Who would think that a carrot and a pea had anything in common!

Velveeta Cheese

6. Velveeta

Ah cheese. Cheese is my favorite kind of food, even Velveeta!

If you’ve never tried it, Velveeta is a cheese similar to American cheese. It’s smoother and softer than regular cheddar, and is great for making nachos at home.

It also comes in a spray can, perfect for squirting onto some crackers for an easy and satisfying snack.

Velvet Beans

7. Velvet Beans

Velvet beans are legumes native to Africa and tropical Asia. It is often used as fertilizer for other crops, or to feed animals, but locals in Indonesia also eat it themselves.

Be careful though, the bean pods have a hairy lining that can make you terribly itchy!

Venison Steak

8. Venison

Now to explain venison. It’s not calf meat, but is actually meat from game animals such as elk, deer, or antelope.

It has a flavor that is reminiscent of beef but is finer in texture and usually offers leaner cuts. It is also higher in moisture and protein than beef, so it’s extra healthy for you.

Vermicelli Noodles

9. Vermicelli

Vermicelli is a round, long noodle like spaghetti. In Italy it is usually thicker than spaghetti, and in Asia it’s thinner. In Vietnam it’s basically the same as Angel Hair pasta.

Now you know what to expect on your next dinner date, no matter what kind of cuisine you’re eating!


10. Vermouth

Vermouth is a wine that has had its ABV boosted by another alcohol and flavored with botanicals. It is most commonly used in Martinis and Manhattan cocktails for a little boost of flavor. 


11. Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise is a soup that originates in France. It’s a creamy soup made of boiled and puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock.

It is usually served cold. Legend has it that the current king of France was afraid to be poisoned and had all his servants taste his soup, so by the time he received it, it was cold! 

Victoria Plums

12. Victoria Plums

The Victoria plum is an egg-shaped English plum that has red, mottled skin and yellow flesh. Try it in mid-to-late September for a sweet and juicy treat.

Victoria Sponge Cake

13. Victoria Sponge Cake

If you’re as obsessed with The Great British Bake-Off as I am, then maybe you already know the difference between a Genoise Sponge Cake and a Victorian.

A Genoise recipe has the baker beat the eggs whole while making the batter, whereas a Victorian asks you to mix the egg whites separately and fold them in, making a softer, lighter sponge.

Vienna Sausage

14. Vienna Sausage

Vienna Sausage, or Frankfurters, are small, German sausages that typically come canned. They are made from a combination of beef and pork and smoked at a low temperature. Sounds good to me!

Spicy Lamb Vindaloo

15. Vindaloo

Vindaloo is a type of Indian curry made from caramelized onions, curry paste, coconut milk, vinegar, ginger, chilies, jalapeno, garlic, chickpeas, lentils, and other spices like garam masala, salt, pepper, paprika, and turmeric. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering.

Balsamic Vinegar

16. Vinegar

Vinegar is essentially fermented ethanol, although it is not alcoholic. It is however antimicrobial, so you can use it not only in cooking but also in cleaning your house!

Dutch Custard

17. Vla

Vla is a Dutch custard-like dessert made from milk, cornstarch, eggs, and sugar. Plus, the addition of any flavorings you might like, such as chocolate. It’s smooth and rich and just the right amount of indulgent. 


18. Vodka

Ah yes, my good friend Vodka. I love a Vodka soda after a long week.

Vodka is typically made from potatoes, but can also be made from simple sugar.

It originated in Russia and Poland and is traditionally drunk with small plate food called ‘zakuski’ – think Russian tapas.

19. Vol-Au-Vent

A Vol-Au-Vent is a small hollow case of puff pastry usually made by creating a stack of ring-shaped pastry on top of a disc-shaped piece, sort of like a basket.

As you may have guessed from the name, it comes from France, and is usually filled with chicken or fish and served as an appetizer.

Vori Vori

20. Vori Vori

Originating from Paraguay and North-East Argentina, Vori Vori is a thick yellow soup made with balls of cornmeal, corn flour, chicken broth, and cheese. It sounds a little weird, but if you think of it as chicken and dumpling soup, I’m sure it’s delicious! 

20 Foods That Start With V


  • Valencia Orange

  • Valerian Root

  • Vanilla

  • Veal

  • Vegetables

  • Velveeta

  • Velvet Beans

  • Venison

  • Vermicelli

  • Vermouth

  • Vichyssoise

  • Victoria Plums

  • Victoria Sponge Cake

  • Vienna Sausage

  • Vindaloo

  • Vinegar

  • Vla

  • Vodka

  • Vol-Au-Vent

  • Vori Vori


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Foods That Start With V

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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