There are so many foods beginning with the letter L, but it’s always hard to remember what they are when asked how many of them you can name. Your mind always goes blank when someone asks you to name 5! So to help you improve your general foodie knowledge, we’ve put together a list of 37 foods beginning with the letter L.
There are of course many more foods than the ones we’ve mentioned on our list. However, these are some of the most popular foods around the world! Let’s take a look at foods beginning with L.
1. Lady Finger
This green vegetable gets its name from its similar appearance to a human finger. It is long and narrow in shape, and is a fantastic source of antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. It is also known by the name okra.
While the meat of an adult sheep is known as mutton, the meat from a young sheep is known as lamb. Lamb is preferred to mutton, as it is more tender. Mutton tends to be chewier as it is tougher. Lamb is a great source of iron, protein, vitamins, and zinc.
3. Lamb Chops
Lamb chops are a cut of meat from lamb. These are taken from the animal’s ribs, and are very tender and packed full of flavor. Lamb chops are tasty when cooked on the grill or barbecue.
This is the fruit of an East Indian tree that closely resembles a yellow berry. The fruit is rich in fiber, and has great antispasmodic properties. Interestingly, this fruit can be used to treat dysentery and diarrhea.
Lard is a soft, semi-solid fat that comes from the fatty tissue of pigs. It is often created by boiling, dry heating, or steaming the meat. Lard is used in a variety of dishes, particularly savory recipes, or as a replacement for butter when making pastry to give it added flakiness.
Lasagne is a tasty Italian dish made using wide, flat sheets of pasta. It tends to be combined with beef mince, vegetables, seasonings, and cheese for a scrumptious dish that has taken the world by storm. It’s also easy to adapt for vegetarians by replacing the meat with additional vegetables.
Latke is a favorite dish in the Jewish community. This is a pancake that’s been made using eggs, flour, and grated potato. This is a dish that’s traditionally prepared to celebrate Hanukkah. They can also be made using cheese or zucchini.
A latte is a popular caffeinated coffee drink that is popular across the globe. This is typically made using espresso and steamed milk. The steamed milk is applied as the topping, and is quite often used to produce latte art. This drink has a sweet, mellow flavor.
9. Leaf Lettuce
Popular with sandwiches and salads alike, leaf lettuce is recognizable from its curled leaves. There are many types of leaf lettuce available, but most notably in green, oak, and red varieties. This salad leaf is widely used in cooking.
Leeks are a wonderfully versatile vegetable. These are a relative of onions, but have a much milder flavor. They are popular in stews, soups, or even roasted or steamed. Leeks can be eaten raw, but taste better when cooked.
A legume is the seed of a plant. These are very rich in carbohydrates, copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, protein, and zinc. Legumes tend to mostly be grown for human consumption or livestock. Beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, peanuts, and pinto beans are all legumes.
Lekvar is a thick Hungarian spread made using apricots, cherries, or more commonly, prunes. It tends to be used in a lot of pastries, as it won’t run out the side of the casings because of its thickness.
A citrus fruit originally from South Asia, the lemon is now popular across the world. This small lemon fruit has a thick skin, and the flesh is highly acidic. Most parts of these are used in cooking, particularly in desserts. Lemons are able to prevent kidney stones, can protect you from anemia, improve digestion, and can even reduce the risk of cancer.
Lemonade is a sweet carbonated drink made from lemon juice. It can also be made using lemon, sugar, and water. This is a favorite drink in the hot summer months because of how refreshing it is.
Lentils are edible lens-shaped legumes. They are available in many different varieties, including black, brown, green, yellow, and most notably, red. These seeds grow in pods. The majority of lentils come from Canada and India.
A member of the daily family, lettuce leaves are edible. They are a popular addition to salads, sandwiches, soups, and wraps.
Liederkranz is an American imitation of Limburger cheese. It’s subtly different from Limburger cheese because of its use of a different bacteria during the ripening process.
18. Lima Beans
Lima beans are a legume that originated from Peru. They are packed full of copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese.
Limburger is a soft, white cheese originating from the historical duchy of Limburg, which is now split into Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.
This is a green citrus fruit that comes in many different varieties. The main types of lime fruit are dessert lime, kaffir lime, key lime, and Persian lime.
This is a Scandinavian classic. Limpa is a spiced rye bread. It is made with molasses, and originates from Sweden.
This fish has a mild flavor. It is also known as a buffalo cod or cultus cod, and is most commonly found in the north Pacific.
Linguine is an elliptical, slender form of pasta. It is wider than spaghetti, and works well with fish sauces and pesto.
Liqueurs are alcoholic spirits that are very strong, and tend to be sweet. They may also make use of fruit, herbs, spices, or sugar for added flavor. These tend to be served with dessert.
Liquor is an alcoholic beverage. These aren’t fermented, are unaged, and are heavily sweetened.
The liver is an animal’s organ which is often consumed as food. Some of the more popular variants include chicken, cow, duck, lamb, and pig. Out of all the cuts of meat most commonly eaten, liver tends to be an acquired taste.
Loaf is another word for baked bread. This tends to be sliced before eating, and is popular for use with sandwiches and soups. Loaves can come in all shapes and sizes depending on the variety of bread.
Lobscouse is a stew that uses either beef or lamb and a selection of vegetables. It originates from the city of Liverpool, England, and was popular with sailors. Lobscouse gets its name from the people of Liverpool, who are often referred to as “scousers”.
This is a popular crustacean which is notorious for its rich flavor. It’s very difficult to farm because they eat a lot, grow slowly, and are unfortunately susceptible to a range of diseases. They tend to be quite expensive as a result, but should be tried at least once in your life.
A hybrid of the blackberries and raspberries of North America, the loganberry is a dark red fruit. They are very tasty, and free from cholesterol, fat, and sodium.
The loin is a cut of meat taken from around the spine of an animal. This is between the lowest ribs and the hip bones. Pork loin tends to be the most popular variant.
A lollipop is hard sugar candy which has been added to a stick. Lollipops are available in a range of colors and flavors. All you need to do to enjoy a lollipop is to lick it or suck on it!
33. Longan Berry
The longan berry originates from Asia. It is small, round, and has sweet and juicy flesh. The berry is whitish and has a black or brown seed in the center.
A loquat is a small, acidic yellow fruit from east Asia. It is often used to make jellies, and is packed full of fiber, potassium, and vitamin A.
Lovage is a mild herb that has a similar taste to celery, with hints of anise and parsley. It’s widely used with fish and poultry.
Lozenges are small medicinal tablets which are often taken to soothe a sore throat. They tend to dissolve quickly in the mouth.
The lychee fruit originates from southeastern China. The white flesh is concealed in a small, round, spiky shell, with a stone in the middle. This fruit is sweet in flavor and is rich in various vitamins and minerals, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B-complex, and vitamin C.
And so our list of 37 foods beginning with L comes to an end! These foods come from all over the world. We hope there are even a few new ones that you’ve never heard of before! Now you can impress all of your family and friends with your newfound foodie knowledge.