50+ Foods Beginning With J

Many foods we consume are spelled with J as their first letter. We have compiled a list of foods beginning with J and categorized them according to their origins.

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Popular Foods Beginning With J 

In this list we have compiled quite many popular foods starting with the letter J:

  1. Jaffa cake: A sponge biscuit with an orange-flavored jelly and chocolate topping.
  2. Jambon: Smoked meat cut from the thigh of a hog or pig.
  3. Jawbreaker 
  4. Java: A mixed beverage of ground coffee beans.
  5. Jell-O 
  6. Jelly
  7. Jelly doughnut 
  8. Jelly roll: A thin sheet of sponge cake filled with jelly.
  9. Jerusalem Artichoke: A root vegetable native to parts of North America.
  10. Jewfish: A food fish of warm coastal waters.
  11. Jimmies: Bits of chocolate used as a topping on edibles.
  12. Johnnycake: Cornbread cooked on a griddle, pancake-style.
  13. Jordan almond: Almond covered with a flavored, colored sugar coat.
  14. Juice 
  15. Julienne: A vegetable used in cooking cut into thin strips.
  16. Jumbal: Flat, small ring-shaped cookie, or cake.
  17. Julep: A term used for sugar, bourbon, and mint over crushed ice.

Fruits Beginning With J

This list contains fruits, all spelled with the letter J as their first letter. Here are some fruits spelled with J as their first letter:

  1. Jabuticaba: A thick-skinned deep-purple fruit similar to a grape but larger.
  2. Jackfruit: A yellow fruit native to East India similar to breadfruit contains nutritious seeds and an edible pulp.
  3. Jambul: Also known as Indian blueberry grown in parts of India, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
  4. Japanese plum: Also known as Chinese plum, a yellow semi-tropical fruit used for jellies.
  5. Jonathan Apple: Red-late ripening apple primarily eaten raw.
  6. Jostaberry: A North American coastal black gooseberry.
  7. Jujube: Fruit of the Jujube shade tree.
  8. Juneberries: Edible red or purple berries.
  9. Juniper berry: A fruit often used as a spice.

African Foods Beginning With J 

This is a list of notable dishes found in African cuisine starting with J, which is collectively referred to as the cuisine of Africa. Here are some African foods starting with the letter J and their descriptions:

  1. Jaffle: A South African toasted sandwich filled with meat, toasted in a jaffle iron over an open flame or in an electric toaster.
  2. Jollof rice: A West African meal of rice cooked with tomatoes, onions, cooking oil, and meat.

Caribbean Foods Beginning With J 

Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Creole, Cajun, and other parts of the Middle East. Here are some Caribbean foods staring with the letter J and their descriptions:

  1. Jambalaya: A spicy Creole dish of ham, rice, meat or seafood, sausage cooed with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and celery.
  2. Jamaican jerk: Meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables cooked over a fire pit or on a grill.
  3. Jamaican mackerel rundown: A Jamaican dish of salted or pickled mackerel and a thick sauce made with coconut milk boiled with various seasonings until it becomes a custard.
  4. Jamaican patty: Pies filled with meat, often served as a dessert.
  5. Jamaican steamed fish: A dish of firm white fish cooked in a sauce of butter, tomatoes, onions, and herbs such as thyme and black pepper
  6. Joumou: A traditional Haitian pumpkin soup.
  7. Jugo de Avena: An oat-based drink made by soaking oats overnight in water and mixing with milk, sugar, and spices.

Continental Foods Beginning With J

Continental foods are delicacies consumed in European countries. This list contains some continental foods starting with the letter J and their descriptions:

  1. Jambalaya: A dish of rice mixes with meat such as sausage or chicken and vegetables.
  2. Jambon: A folded puff pastry filled with diced ham, egg, and cheese and eaten warm.
  3. Jambon persille: A dish of marbled ham with parsley.
  4. Jam roly-poly: A flat-rolled suet pudding spread with jam, rolled up and steamed or baked.
  5. Jellied eels: A traditional English dish of chopped eels boiled in spiced stock, which forms a jelly when cool.
  6. Jesuite: A triangular flakey French pastry filled with frangipane cream, topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar.
  7. Jota: An Italian soup made with beans, potatoes, and sauerkraut.

Mexican Foods Beginning With J 

In this list we have listed some spicy, traditional meals from parts of Latin America starting with J. Here are some Mexican foods starting with the letter J and descriptions:

  1. Jalapeno: A Mexican spicy pepper
  2. Jicama: The white-fleshed edible tuber of the yam bean used in Mexican cooking.
  3. Jocoque: A Mexican dish of fermented milk.

Oriental Foods Beginning With J

By oriental foods refers to Asian style foods that is foods prepared using recipes and styles used in East Asia. Here are some oriental foods starting with the letter J and their descriptions:

  1. Jian dui: A Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour coated with sesame seeds.
  2. Jiaozi: A dumpling.
  3. Jingbajian: A traditional Chinese cake made with dates, plums, raisins, banana, red bean, pepper, and salt.
  4. Jiuniang: A sweet pudding-like dish, also known as sweet rice wine.
  5. Jook: Chinese breakfast meal.

Indian Foods Beginning With J 

Indian cuisines are a wide range of regional cuisine native to India. This list contains some Indian foods starting with the letter J and their descriptions:

  1. Jalebi: A North Indian dish of twisted noodles dipped in sugary syrup.
  2. Jal-jeera: A beverage of lemonade mixed with jaljira powder.
  3. Jamun: An Indian fruit with a similar size and shape commonly known as black plum.
  4. Jhal-muri: Puffed rice with spices, vegetables, and raw mustard oil.
  5. Jigarthanda: A drink of milk, almond gum, root syrup, sugar, and ice-cream.

Mediterranean Foods Beginning With J

Mediterranean foods are often healthy meals with a lot of vegetables and spices native to countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Here are some Mediterranean foods starting with the letter J and their descriptions:

  1. Jameed: A dish hard dry laban made from ewe or goat’s milk kept in a fine woven cheesecloth to make a thick yogurt.

This is a list of various foods that start with the letter J, comment below any other we have missed on our list, and we’ll be sure to add them.