26 Foods that Start with V

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Have you ever wondered what foods start with the letter ‘V’? Or where your favorite dishes, snacks, and drinks originate from? All that wonder can be put to rest when you have the list below.

You are probably familiar with Veal chops, Vermicelli, and Vodka, but did you know Vindaloo, Valencia orange, or Velvet beans?

Hope that you will have a lot of fun reading this list, and may want to continue on to see what other foods, drink, and snacks you can come up with on your own that start with ‘V’.

Foods That Start With Letter V

1. Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Beans
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When you hear the term vanilla beans, your mind probably goes straight to it being an ingredient in vanilla ice cream.

However, did you know that vanilla beans are not exactly beans at all? In fact they are the fruit of orchids in the genus Vanilla.

If you open up the shell, you can use the inside for flavoring in ice cream, sauce, frosting and syrup!

2. Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Who doesn’t like this delicious, creamy and rich dessert? If you’re making it from scratch all you need is milk, egg yolks, sugar, heavy cream and vanilla bean.

However, if you’re craving it and strapped for time, simply grab a tub from your local grocer! Top brands include Häagen-Dazs, Halo Top, Breyer’s, and CoolHaus.

3. Valencia Orange

Valencia Orange

You’ve probably heard of Navel Oranges, but have you ever heard of Valencia Oranges? 

Named after Valencia, Spain, they are sweeter than most oranges and available typically from March to October but peak from July to October!

The best part? They are practically seedless!

4. Veal


Calling all meat-eaters! Are you ready for this? Did you know that veal is a cut of meat that comes from fatty calves? Typically 6 or 7-month-old calves.

Known for its high quality and intense flavor, veal is packed full of nutrients and can easily soak up just about any marinade you choose!

5. Vegetable Oil

vegetable oil

Extracted from various fruits, nuts and grains, vegetable oil is a common condiment found in many recipes.

Vegetable oil is best for deep frying food, as it has a higher smoking point. It’s also a cheaper oil option that has a neutral taste.

6. Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup

What is better than eating vegetables by themselves? Eating them in a soup of course!

Combine all your favorite vegetables, from zucchini to tomatoes, with your favorites spices, some bay leaves, garbanzo beans and vegetable broth!

The possibilities are endless!

7. Veggie Chips

Veggie Chips

Despite their name, veggie chips aren’t any healthier than your regular potato chips. You will typically find potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and beets mixed in with flour, oils and salt. 

However, if you want to make a healthier version at home, simply slice your vegetables thin, sprinkle them with salt and bake them in the oven at a low temp for a long time.

8. Velvet Beans

Velvet Beans

Native to Africa and tropical Asia, velvet beans are highly cultivated. Said to have medicinal purposes, It’s often used for nervous disorders and as an aphrodisiac but rarely eaten.

To eat these beans you have to carefully boil them and prepare them in order to remove the toxicity.

9. Venison


Coming from the latin word venari, venison means to hunt. Typically referred to as deer meat but can be from any game animal.

It has about 50% less fat than an average cut of beef and is high in protein.

So, if you’re looking to rebuild lean muscle, then venison is the meat of choice.

10. Vermicelli


Also called rice noodles, vermicelli is a very fine noodle made from ground rice – typically found in Asian dishes.

The most common dishes they are used in are stir-fries, soups, spring rolls and salads. To cook and prepare, it takes about 5 minutes and you can add them into a dish of your choice.

11. Victoria Plums

Victoria Plums

The most popular plum found in the UK, it can be used to eat or cook! When the plum is orange they are best for cooking and can be used in jams, pies and preserves.

When they turn a darker red or purple color they are best to eat! So whatever your purpose, be sure to watch out for the right colors!

12. Vienna Sausages

Vienna Sausages

Traditionally made of pork or beef in a casing made of sheep’s intestine. After cooking or boiling, the casings are removed and the sausages are cut into shorter pieces for canning.

If canning isn’t your forte, then you can simply smoke the sausages and serve them up!

13. Vindaloo


If you’re looking for something spicy, then this is your dish! It is an Indian curry dish based on a Portuguese dish called carne de vinha d’alhos and made with pork, chicken or lamb.

The sauce is the highlight of this dish, consisting of caramelized onions, curry paste, coconut milk, vinegar, chilies, jalapenos and a few extra spices!

You can control the spiciness though, so if you’re not quite ready for that heat, take it down a notch by cutting out chilies and jalapenos.

14. Vinaigrette


Used typically for a healthy dressing in salads, vinaigrette is composed of vinegar and oil.

If you want to change up the flavor, simply change up the type of vinegar that you use. In just 30 seconds you can whip up a dressing that is deliciously homemade.

15. Vinegar


Vinegar is made up of 5% acetic acid and about 90-95 % water. Often used as a condiment on french fries and fish, it has many other uses that you may not have heard of.

Vinegar is used as a household cleaner, taking stains out of clothes, cleaning your electronics, erasing ballpoint pen marks, burnishing your scissors and even as a hair rinse.

16. Vodka


Vodka is a clear, distilled alcoholic beverage that originates from Poland, Russia and Sweden. It’s popular alcohol with Smirnoff being the largest vodka brand in the world.

Very widely used as a base for mixed drinks with orange juice, cranberry juice or even on the rocks. Vodka has many other uses that range from treating a toothache to being a mouthwash to curing a jellyfish sting.

Whatever you use it for, you’ll be happy knowing that you can do more than just drink it.

17. Vichyssoise


This is a creamy and cold French soup made from leeks, potatoes, cream, and chicken or vegetable broth.

It’s known for its creamy and silky texture, and is usually served cold. 

18. Vegemite


Vegemite is a popular Australian spread made from yeast extract. It has a distinctive savory and salty flavor, and is often used as a spread for bread, crackers, or toast.

It’s a staple in many Australian households. 

19. Vatapa


It’s also called Brazilian shrimp stew, which is made with shrimp, coconut milk, ground nuts, and palm oil. 

People like to serve it with rice for a delicious and comforting meal.

20. Vadouvan


It’s a French-Indian spice blend that’s incredibly flavorful.

The spice mix includes ingredients like shallots, garlic, and various aromatic spices to flavor dishes.

21. Vada


Also known as “Medu Vada” in South India, Vada is a popular and savory fried snack made from deep-fried lentil or chickpea flour batter.

It’s a common street food and breakfast item in India. Vadas are round or doughnut-shaped and have a crispy exterior with a soft and fluffy interior. 

22. Velvet Cake

Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is a rich, moist, and delicious dessert with a deep red color. It’s often layered with cream cheese frosting. 

Traditionally, people use cocoa powder, buttermilk, and vinegar, which react with each other to create a reddish hue. Nowadays, red food coloring is often added to enhance the cake’s vibrant appearance.

23. Vol-au-Vent


This is a French pastry dish made of a puff pastry shell filled with a savory or sweet filling.

The name “vol-au-vent” literally translates to “windblown” in French, which reflects the light and airy nature of the pastry.

24. Verjuice


It’s a sour juice made from unripe grapes. Verjuice is a lesser-known ingredient used in cooking and as a tart flavoring agent.

Verjuice has a tart and acidic flavor, somewhat similar to vinegar or citrus juice, but with its own distinct profile.

25. Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Pho

Pho is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup made with flavorful broth, rice noodles, and various meat or tofu toppings.

Vietnamese noodle soup is known for its rich and flavorful broth, tender meat, and many fresh herbs and condiments. Pho is not just a dish; it’s a cultural symbol of Vietnamese cuisine. 

26. Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

Also called “Victoria Sponge,” Victoria Sponge Cake is a classic British cake that’s named after Queen Victoria. 

It’s a timeless and elegant dessert filled with jam and whipped cream, often served for afternoon tea.


From drinks, to condiments to dishes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to foods, drinks and condiments that start with “V.”

So which item do you want to try first? The best part is that you can combine them, have them on their own or even use them as cleaning aids.

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