How many foods do you know that start with J? In this article, weve rounded up 20 different
From ones you (hopefully) already know, like jalapenos and jelly beans, to new and unique foods like jackfruit!
Well also answer the question: How did Jerky get its name? And the real difference between jam and jelly.
Without further ado, lets dive into the top 20 foods that start with J.
Here are 20 different foods that start with the letter J? Some of our favorites include jam, jello, and jerky! How many of these foods have you tried?
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 youll have to look up lychee 🙂
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 its 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!
Whats 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. Thats 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. Its 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.
A Japanese plum is a yellow plum found in semi-tropical locales that is used for wine or jellies.
I know you know what java is! Coffee, baby! The strange, bitter liquid that comes from beans.
Who can live without it? Its called java because of the island of Java, one of the places where Dutch colonists planted and harvested coffee.
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 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.
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.
If you havent tried Jamaican Jerk chicken, go get some now. Jerk chicken refers to chicken coated in spices and slow-cooked over a fire or grill.
Its smokey, spicy, and oh so good. You certainly dont have to be a jerk to enjoy Jerk chicken.
Jerky is meat that has been cut into strips and dried. It originates from a South American Indigneous word (charki) which literally means dried, salted meat. When you dont have a refrigerator, drying meat is the best way to save it from spoiling!
A Jerusalem Artichoke, or sunchoke, is a species of sunflower native to North America. Its tubers are used as root vegetables.
Fun Fact: Its not actually an artichoke at all, but tastes like a water chestnut and can be eaten similarly to potatoes.
Jicama is pronounced HEE-kah-ma and originates from Mexico. Its a root vegetable, but tastes more like an apple, and has similar consistency.
In Central America its sold by street vendors with lemon or lime juice and chili pepper on top. Sounds delicious!
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 dont forget to smother it in butter and honey! Yum.
A Jonathon apple is widely regarded as one of the best tasting apples, with a great sweet and sharp flavor combination.
Its great for eating or cooking. Its red and yellow with a creamy white interior and grows in the U.S.
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!
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!
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 isnt exactly a food, but a way to eat food. To julienne something is to cut it into long thin strips.
Its used on firm vegetables such as potatoes, celery, carrot, peppers, turnips, parsnips, and more. To make a fresh coleslaw, youll want to julienne your carrots and cabbage.
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