Let’s hope our list of Foods that Start with “G” will give you the inspiration for some fun cooking. We’ve delved into the normal, abnormal, and foods you may have never heard of. So get your cook on, and follow along!
From Garlic to Gyros and everything in between – heck we’ll even discuss Gummy Bears with you!
You’ll find popular fruits, vegetables, snacks, breakfast and more from the list below. The best part of these lists is you can always add your own touch to them. Have you ever heard of Gyoza? Read below and find out!
Foods that Start with Letter G
Did you know that garlic is part of the onion family, just with a better flavor? Garlic is used around the world to add flavor to dishes but was previously used for medicinal purposes and as a sports performance enhancer. Even now, garlic is used to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cancer prevention and arthritis. With that in mind, cook up some mashed potatoes, some pasta or a great stir-fry dish and don’t forget to add the garlic.
Made from boiling skins, tendons and bones from animals, it is found not only in foods but in our makeup products as well. You may be familiar with gelatin through its popular use in Jell-O. Now, you can find it in your favorite products such as yogurt, marshmallows, gummy candies and puddings to thicken them up. Vegan? Don’t worry, there is a gelatin alternative called agar agar that does the same thing.
Ginger’s popularity continues to grow. The spice is used worldwide in meals and is also known for its medicinal properties. Its history dates back hundreds of years, and in 14th Century England a pound of ginger cost as much as a sheep. Try a little in your next dish, or maybe even throw in one of your favorite teas. Nausea, weight loss, osteoarthritis, and so much more – ginger can cure many ailments!
If you’ve heard of gingerbread, it is probably because you have eaten that delectable treat during the holiday season. Gingerbread is a soft and chewy cookie that contains cinnamon and ginger to give it that distinctive taste. Over the years people have become more creative with gingerbread through venturing into creating gingerbread houses and gingerbread characters. Whatever you choose to make, make sure you don’t add in too much ginger or it will become too overpowering.
If you’re like me, you are quite grossed out by the thought of taking those gizzards out of the chicken or turkey during those holiday dinners. However, did you know that gizzards are a great source of iron and zinc? So may want to try them out next time. Be cautious though, as they do contain large amounts of cholesterol.
This form of pasta consists of various sized dumplings that are usually filled with cheese or potato. The word Gnocchi is derived from the Italian word “nocchio”, meaning a knot in wood for its appearance. Served as a main dish or appetizer, Gnocchi is a delicious choice. Try a little parmesan cheese on the top of it for an added touch of flavoring.
7. Goat Cheese
A cheese that is both creamy and has a distinctive flavor, but goat cheese can come in other forms where it is a bit more crumbly and aged to salty and fresh. All goat cheese contains healthy fats, vitamins and proteins. The best part is that goat cheese is digested differently than those made with cow’s milk! So if you have some stomach sensitivity, make this your go-to cheese.
8. Graham Crackers
Did you grow up eating graham crackers? It definitely was a staple in many households either to munch on for a snack or to crumble up and put into a pie crust or your smores. The one thing that you probably didn’t know is that graham crackers are actually considered a whole wheat sweet cookie.
Mainly a breakfast food consisting of rolled oats. Granola is often eaten in combination with yogurt, honey, fresh fruit or other forms of cereal. It also serves as a topping for various desserts and ice cream! The Granola Bar has also become very popular as a snack. It too comes in a variety of flavors and consistencies. Have you tried out our Granola Breakfast Pie?
This fruit can be eaten fresh by itself, or used in cereals and yogurts. They can be used for making wines, hames, juices, raisins, vinegar and grape seed oil. Table grapes, seedless grapes, and of course raisins (dried grapes in most countries) are all forms of grapes. And for a refreshing beverage try grape juice.
One of the fruits that may require a bit more of an acquired taste is the grapefruit. Having a sweet and somewhat sour taste, grapefruits also produce a bitter taste. Some people do like to add a touch of sugar or honey to curb that bitterness, but if you like to keep things on the healthy side then opt for the grapefruit on its own. Red grapefruits are said to have more of a nice rich taste that is easy for eating, while white grapefruit tends to be on the bitter, tangy side.
12. Grass Jelly
Made from a Chinese plant called Mesona and boiled with starch and potassium carbonate, this delicious dessert is sweet and commonly served in Hong Kong and Southern China. It is often compared to Jell-O but has a more bitter taste.
Who doesn’t like a good gravy? Gravy is simply a sauce, often made from the juices of a variety of meats that happen to occur naturally when cooking-just add in some flour or cornstarch to thicken it up! Types of gravy’s vary as much as what spices you can add to enhance its taste.
14. Green Beans
Clearly part of the bean family, green beans can and have gotten a bad rap for their taste, texture and lack of uses but there is so much more to the green bean. They are full of Vitamin C, fiber, folate and Vitamin K. One thing to keep in mind is that you can use garlic from this list to create a delicious dish, or if you want to add a bit of a different flavor you can add some parmesan cheese as well.
15. Green Onions
Often called scallions, green onions are a vegetable used in many dinner dishes around the world. One of the most popular dishes that require green onions is macaroni salads and green salads. You can easily eat them raw or cooked, either way they are a great source of Vitamin K and C.
16. Green Salad
The best thing about green salads is that they are a great way to get all of your food groups in one dish all while keeping it healthy. Most often green salads are only made up of green leafy vegetables, but over the years people have become a bit more creative and added in some ingredients of their own: chicken, tomatoes, carrots, fruit and much more. However, if you keep it simple with all green leafy vegetables then you have higher amounts of powerful antioxidants than those who do not consume this dish.
17. Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt continues to grow in popularity with the ever-growing buzz word of “pro-biotics” In layman’s terms Greek Yogurt is exceptional for your stomach and its digestion. Greek Yogurt usually has a thicker consistency than regular yogurt. It’s sometimes referred to as ‘strained yogurt.’ All you have to do is add in your favorite fruits or nuts to kick things up a notch!
Ready for a dip that is so versatile you won’t know what to do with it first? Guacamole is a dip, a spread or salad all in one. Simple to make, you just need to grab avocados, lime, onion and cilantro. Before you know it, you will have a chip dip, a spread for that chicken wrap or a base for a zesty salad.
A tropical fruit that will have you daydreaming about being on that white sandy beach during these cold winter months. Guava takes no preparation, you simply cut it open and dive right in! You will want to choose guava that has more yellow skin on it and soft to touch to truly get that fresh guava taste. The taste is compared to a cross between a strawberry and a pear with a bit of a floral taste. So next time you grab guava, close your eyes and truly embrace the taste in order to experience that full island taste.
20. Gummy Bear
Made from another ‘G’ food, gummy bears are a gummy candy made from gelatin. Originating in Germany, gummy bears are shaped into little bears and contain high amounts of sugar-with a bag of them containing about 5 teaspoons of sugar. Although a great treat, you may want to have toothpicks on hand in order to get them unstuck from your teeth.
Gyoza is a dumpling filled with ground meat and vegetables and wrapped in thin dough. Gyoza’s origin stems from China. They can be fried or steamed or are best served with a dipping sauce, and served hot or cold.
A gyro or gyros is probably the most mispronounced word when it comes to food. Most people say jy-roe, but the proper pronunciation is ir-ro or ros.
It’s a greek dish made from meat, and is typically served wrapped or stuffed in a pita, along with ingredients such as tomato, onion, and ever delicious tzatziki sauce.
The best part about these foods is that they all have the ability to be combined with one another. So go grab that guacamole and spread it on your gyro or boil up that gelatin and make some gummy bears. No matter which option you choose to go with, you surely won’t be disappointed.
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Editor note: Originally published Feb 3, 2021 and updated April 8, 2021.