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Foods That Start With A

You might already know many names beginning with A, but do you know many foods that start with A? To make your knowledge match, read this list of foods beginning with A till the very end. We wonder how many foods you already know…

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An Appetizing List of Foods Beginning With A


Let’s start with something easy. Why don’t you guess? Hint: an _ a day keeps the doctor away. Yes, that’s right, an apple! There are many different varieties of apples. Examples include the Fuji apple, the Gala apple, the Granny Smith apple, the Honeycrisp apple, and many more.

Each of these has some unique characteristics. The Gala apple is said to be particularly good for applesauce, cider, and simply snacking.

The Fuji apples are sweeter and crispier than other varieties. The Granny Smiths have firm skin, and they are pretty famous for baking and cooking, as the skins remain firm.

The Honeycrisp apples have a crisp and juicy texture, along with a sweet and tart flavor, and are perfect for making homemade apple pie. Thus, each variety of apple has a unique characteristic.


The following food on our list of foods starting with A is agar. Agar is used as a thickening agent in desserts such as xingren doufu, no-bake cheesecake, and other jelly-like desserts.

Agar is also called agar-agar powder. It is a colorless solid and is sold in packages in dried form or in the form of washed and dried strips. It is a good substitute for gelatin, as it serves the same purpose.


Almonds are the next item on this list of foods beginning with the letter A.

They were originally native to Iran and its surrounding countries but are widely cultivated in many areas worldwide.

While almonds are generally known as nuts, they are, in fact, seeds. Almonds are very good for raw, but they are also used in a wide variety of recipes.

Many desserts call for almonds in some form, whether it is almond milk or almond flour. People adore almond cookies and almond cupcakes.

Almonds can be used to decorate cakes as well. Did you know that trail mix also uses many nuts in it, including almonds?


Alfalfa seeds are a great ingredient in any recipe. They are used in many recipes, from salads and sandwiches to crostinis.

Some popular recipes that feature alfalfa are Chickpea Rice, Vegan Green Burritos, Fried Rice, and Korean Cold Noodles.

You can also use them as a garnish for cream soups. The alfalfa will add a nice crunch and a wholesome punch to your diet!


Apricots are the next item on our list of foods beginning with A. Fresh apricots can be used in many recipes. For example, you can use apricots to make a sweet jam or an apricot cake.

You can enjoy apricot jam with a layer of cheese on toast for breakfast. The saltiness of cheese, along with the hearty flavor of apricot, is a match made in heaven!

This fruit can also add a unique twist to a chicken recipe. The sweet underlying flavor of apricots, along with the spiciness of chicken, will make your mouth pool with water.

You can also chargrill apricots and serve them with your favorite ice cream, along with a handful of maple candied pecans. The list of recipes to make with apricots is endless!


This vegetable, beginning with the letter A is quite nice to have with many foods.

You can enjoy asparagus with salmon, for example. You can pan-fry, bake, or even grill asparagus and serve it salmon as a side dish.

Asparagus and Potatoes also make for a delicious dish. Simply drizzle some olive oil on it before cooking for a tantalizing aroma.

Another wonderful dish is Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus. In this uniquely tasty dish, garlic is mixed with oil, and this mixture is poured over the asparagus. Then, they are put in a tray and roasted for around 10 minutes. After that, top with cheese and give it a couple of extra minutes in the oven, just long enough for the cheese to melt. Then remove from the oven and enjoy!

With asparagus in your pantry, you can awe your guests with many tempting dishes and leave them amazed!


Allspice comes from a tropical evergreen tree native to the West Indies and Central America, but it is used in practically every single culture’s cuisine.

Contrary to popular assumption, allspice is not a mixture of spices. Instead, allspice is another spice with its own unique flavor. The taste involves a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves with a peppery bite.

Allspice is commonly used in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. It is one of the main ingredients in mole sauces and jerk seasoning.

Allspice is also used in many recipes featuring meat. Popular ones include meatballs, pork chops, barbacoa, tacos, and gumbo.

Apart from this, allspice is also included in desserts such as apple pie, muffins, French toast, bread, and hot cocoa.


Aniseed is also known by another name, anise. They remind you of fennel seeds but are smaller. You can use them whole or ground into powder.

They have a strong flavor that somewhat resembles licorice. Warning: the flavor is strong and, as such, does not charm everyone. However, if you grow past the first hurdles, you’re going to be addicted to this for the rest of your life; it’s amazing.

Anise is used in many countries all over the world, including the Middle East, Italy, Germany, and Mexico. It is also used to create different types of alcohol and liquors.


Now, let’s talk about arrowroot. Arrowroot is a starch made from the rootstocks of several tropical plants. Historically, arrowroot was used to draw out the poison of poisonous arrows from the body. This activity contributes to its name.

Nowadays, it is used primarily as a thickening agent in your kitchen. Arrowroot flour is also a good substitute for cornstarch, wheat flour, and tapioca flour.

Arrowroot is also used to make a variety of foods, such as biscuits, hot sauces, jellies, cakes, homemade ice creams, Pavlova desserts, and puddings. It is also gluten-free, so gluten-sensitives and gluten-avoiders find this ingredient useful.


Another fruit beginning with A is avocado. Avocadoes can add a nice oomph to many recipes.

In order to add avocadoes to your diet, try one of the following recipes: An avocado smoothie, avocado sushi, toast with avocado, breakfast tacos with avocado, chocolate mousse with avocado, or nice avocado guacamole are all great options.

Avocado on toast is also becoming quite popular in many places.

Other names for avocadoes are butter fruit or alligator pears. They have a rich and buttery taste and texture.

Avocadoes were not always as popular as they are now. In fact, they only became so after science learned of their many and varied health benefits.


And here we have yet another fruit beginning with A on our list. It feels like the letter A took the lion’s share of fruits, doesn’t it? Ackee, also known as achee, ankye, akke, aye, or ackee apple, is a large tropical fruit belonging to the same family as the lychee.

This fruit is native to West Africa. Ackee fruits are poisonous when unripe but are delectable when properly ripe.

Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. The very same fruit is also an ingredient in Jamaica’s national dish, ackee, and saltfish.

Almond milk

Almond milk is the next thing on our list of foods, beginning with A. You can use it as a substitute for regular milk in practically every recipe.

People allergic or intolerant to dairy, and vegans use this over regular milk. You can also brew your coffee using it.

Animal crackers

Next on the list, we have animal crackers. This food is a great snack not just for kids but for adults, too.

What better way to remember your childhood than these delicious cookies? Animal crackers are baked in various animal shapes, usually animals found at either zoos or circuses, such as elephants, bears, and tigers.

They are sold in a few varieties: light-colored and only slightly sweet, a darker chocolate flavored, a colorful frosted type, and a few more. Although animal crackers are sweet, like cookies, they are named crackers because they are baked in that manner.

Apple Sausage

For those who adore both apples and sausages, this food may very well be ambrosia from the Greek myths. Apple sausage is the perfect combination of both these foods.

The process of making the apple sausages is actually fairly simple. You make sausages the traditional way, using casings of sheep’s intestine, with one important difference: you add pieces of apple in the casing, and you’re done!

For side dishes with apple sausages, we recommend sauerkraut, turnips, fries, or white wine. Enjoy your meal!


This Persian food beginning with A may very well become your new favorite snack.

Abnabat, a snack beginning with A, is a type of hard candy made in Iran, and it is very popular, too! It has two main ingredients: sugar and added flavors such as cardamom or saffron.

These two ingredients are boiled together in order to make your abnabat. Next time you’re craving candy, try this out!


Who hasn’t heard of this drink starting with the letter A? Ale, in general, has a fruity flavor, though that does change according to variety. Its taste can be attributed to its method of manufacture, a warm fermentation method.

There are many types of ales, each with its own unique characteristics. Brown ale, for example, is mildly flavored and might have a nutty taste. Scotch ales are amber to dark red in color and tend to be sweeter and darker than their English counterparts.

Burton ale is a strong and dark ale with a bit of a sweet touch. The term old ale is given to medium to strong dark beers. This list of ales is by no means comprehensive; there are many more types of ales.


Are you feeling a bit sleepy? Try out this drink starting with A! An Americano, also called a caffé Americano, is a type of coffee made by mixing espresso with hot water.

Its strength is similar to regular brewed coffee, but the taste is different due to the various methods of preparation. Its strength can be varied by changing the number of espresso shots and the amount of water added.

A couple of variations on the typical Americano exist, including an iced Americano made with cold water instead of hot water.

If you prefer to cut down on bitterness, you may also add milk to your drink. You can also make it at home very easily. Next time you need a boost of energy, try out an Americano!

Almond butter

Almond butter is the final item on our list of foods beginning with A. It can be used in any recipe as a substitute for regular butter.

People with peanut allergies also use almond butter instead. It is also used in various recipes to add that almond flavor. Its earthier flavor may be an acquired flavor.

Some describe its texture as wonderfully smooth and creamy, with a more pronounced nutty feeling than peanut butter.

You can also spread almond butter on your morning toast or add in your cake batter instead of regular butter to add an extra punch of almond flavor.

Final Words

And with almond butter, we finish up our list of foods, starting with the letter A. We hope you’ve learned about many new foods starting with A, along with their interesting uses! Tell us which one of these foods you’ve had (and loved) before and which of your favorites we missed out on our list!

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Natalia | Flavorful home
Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!
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