It is always fun to list as many foods beginning with a specific letter as possible. When it comes to the letter I, it is likely there are a few foods that come to mind.
In this article, we have chosen 27 different foods, some of which you may not have heard of before!
Icaco is often referred to as coco plum. It is an exotic fruit that can be found on the Chrysobalanus icaco plant.
The plant is found in Africa, America, and the Caribbean, in the tropical regions. It has a sweet taste, and is not too overpowering in its flavor.
While you may not think of ice as a food, it is classed as such. What is great about ice is that it can be used to make a wide variety of different foods, and it helps to keep drinks cool.
3. Ice Apple
Ice apple is sometimes referred to as palm fruit, and it is taken from the sugar palm tree. It is a great fruit that is seasonal to summer. It is sweet in its taste, and loosely resembles the taste of coconut. It is found in Southeast Asia.
4. Iceberg Lettuce
Iceberg lettuce is one of the more common types of lettuce. It can be used to create salads, and is a great accompaniment in both burgers, and sandwiches. It is juicy, given its high water content.
While it does not have a strong taste, it is still refreshing and palatable.
5. Ice Cream
It would be wrong of us to write an article on foods beginning with I and not include ice cream. It is such a popular and delicious sweet treat.
There are thousands of different flavors to choose from, and you cannot go wrong with its creamy texture. Ice cream is popular all across the globe, and it is easy to see why!
6. Ice Cream Cake
Following on from Ice cream, ice cream cake is another popular choice. If you love ice cream, and cake, it is something you definitely need to try.
There are many options to choose from, and the balance of both textures is fantastic. These cakes are popular choices for parties, and can have some truly impressive designs.
7. Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is such a great option in the warmer months, it is a great way of getting your caffeine hit, without having to worry about it being too warm.
There are many iced coffee options from lattes, to mochas. It is easy to make, and you can customize it to suit your personal preferences too.
8. Iced Donuts
Iced donuts are arguably the best kind of donut. They completely transform a plain donut into a sweet, and tasty treat.
There are so many iced donut flavors to choose from, such as strawberry and chocolate. However, you cannot go wrong with a plain iced donut - delicious!
When it comes to frozen iced drinks, it does not get any better than Icee. They are the original creators of this type of drink in the US, and they have many options to choose from.
They have a slight fizz to them, making them a refreshing and fun iced drink. Some of the flavors available include mango, cola, and blue raspberry.
10. Icelandic Shark
This is a slightly different option that you may not be familiar with. Icelandic shark is more commonly known as Hakarl. It is the national dish of Iceland.
The dish includes fermented shark. It does have a strong, fishy taste, and is a delicacy.
Icing differs slightly from frosting, and consists of a thinner layer of glaze on top of cakes, and other baked goods.
It is delicious, and very sweet, being made almost entirely from sugar. It can be piped on to cakes, or it can be purchased rolled too.
12. Ice Pops
Ice pops are a great treat in the warmer months. They are usually made using water or different types of milk.
They can also contain things such as candy and fruit too. They are easy to make at home, and there are an endless amount of options you can use in its recipe.
13. Idaho Potatoes
Idaho potatoes are one of the most common types of potato. They are often referred to as red or russet potatoes.
They are a great choice of potato if you are looking to make mashed potato or french fries. They are fluffy, and tasty.
Idiyappam is a type of rice noodle dish that is particularly popular in India. The rice noodles are made into disc-like shapes, and steamed. They are then typically served alongside curry.
Idli is an Indian snack that is very similar to a rice cake. It is typically served at breakfast in India and Sri Lanka.
The batter is made using rice and fermented black lentils, which is then steamed. They are typically served hot with a chutney.
Imbe fruit is native to Africa. It can also be referred to as African mangosteen. The fruit has a thick orange colored skin. It is full of flavor, and is a similar size to a peach.
Imarti is a sweet dessert that derives from Bengal, India. It is created using vigna mungo flour that is deep fried. Once cooked, it is soaked in sugar syrup. It is made into a flower shape, and it is a tasty treat.
18. Inca Berries
Inca berries can be referred to by a number of different names, such as cape gooseberry, golden berry, and husk cherry.
They are a popular berry that are full of great nutrients. This is why they are a popular choice that is included in healthy foods. They are yellow and orange, and have a sharp, but delicious taste.
19. Indian Almond Fruit
This fruit can be found on the terminalia catappa tree in areas such as Madagascar, Australia, and Asia.
This fruit is known as almond fruit because it does resemble its taste. It is sweet, and juicy.
20. Indian Black Salt
Indian black salt is essentially rock salt that also contains various herbs and spices. It is a popular seasoning choice in India.
It is purple and black in its color before use, and then becomes brownish-pink when added to food. It is great at enhancing flavors.
21. Indian Curry
Indian curry is delicious. It contains many spices, and ranges in how spicy it is.
While there are many dishes such as Tikka Masala, and Vindaloo, these were not actually created in India, rather they are British and Portuguese takes on curry. Traditional Indian curry is full of flavor, and different spices.
22. Indian Mustard
This is a specific type of mustard that is served from India. It is used in many types of Indian, Chinese, and Korean recipes. It is quite spicy in its taste, and is a great addition to dishes.
23. Instant Noodles
Instant noodles are such a popular, quick food across the globe. They are dried noodles that are cooked in boiling water, and seasoned. There are many options to choose from, and they can be used to create ramen dishes.
24. Instant Oats
Instant oats are a great breakfast option. It can be made in a few minutes, and still contains a similar nutritional content to other types of oats. It can be made using milk or water, and is great served with fruit and honey.
25. Irish Stew
Irish stew is a great warming dish for the colder months. It is a great way of using up items in your pantry, and tastes delicious. It typically contains lamb, potatoes, onions, and carrots.
Iru is fermented locust beans. It is a delicacy in Nigeria, and can be used to create soups, or eaten individually. It is pungent in its flavor, and tastes distinctive. It is typically served in moimoi leaves.
27. Isi Ewu
Isi Ewu is not for the faint hearted. It is a dish that contains goat’s head, and is a delicacy of Igbo. The goat’s head is spiced, and is used to create a soup. The soup tastes both creamy and spicy.
There are so many foods that begin with the letter I, many you may never have heard of before. How many have you tried?