List of Foods Starting with P

The letter P is the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet. Here is a list of foods that begin with the letter P, along with their definitions.

Common Foods Beginning with P

  • Pancake: A thin cake of flour and eggs, usually fried.
  • Papaya: The fruit of a tropical American tree, having a large edible yellow and greenish-yellow fruit containing several seeds.
  • Paprika: A ground powder made from the dried pods of sweet red peppers. It is used to flavor many dishes, especially soups, stews, and meats.
  • Parsley: A common herb used for flavoring or garnish.
  • Parsnip: A perennial plant of the carrot family, grown for its thick, white root.
  • Passion Fruit: A small tropical fruit with a distinct tangy flavor.
  • Pasta: A general term for foods made from dough of flour and water that is rolled out and cut into thin, flat strips before being cooked.
  • Pastrami: A type of meat very similar to corned beef, cured with aromatic spices.
  • Pastry: A food containing a filling that is baked in the oven.
  • Patty: A ground mixture of meat and vegetables usually used for sandwiches.
  • Pea: A small, green vegetable.
  • Peach: A juicy fruit with a smooth skin.
  • Peanut: A legume grown for its oil-rich nuts.
  • Peanut Butter: A paste made by crushing peanuts into a butter-like consistency.
  • Pear: A juicy fruit, sweet but tart, with a rough skin.
  • Pecan: A type of nut.
  • Pepper: A spicy fruit.
  • Pepperoni: A kind of sausage made from pork and beef.
  • Persimmon: A type of fruit with reddish-orange flesh.
  • Pickle: A vegetable preserved in a solution of spices, vinegar, brine, or alcohol.
  • Pie: A baked dish made with a pastry crust and filling.
  • Pineapple: A tropical fruit with yellow, edible flesh and a prickly exterior.
  • Pizza: A baked flat, round bread with sauce and cheese.
  • Plantains: A large tropical fruit resembling a banana.
  • Plum: A juicy fruit with a smooth skin.
  • Pomegranate: A fruit with red, edible seeds.
  • Pomelo: A large, round citrus fruit.
  • Popcorn: A small thin piece of corn that pops when heated in oil.
  • Popsicle: An iced candy, often made with fruit juices.
  • Pork: The meat of domestic swine, it varies in taste and quality depending on the breed, feeding, and environment of the animal.
  • Potato: A starchy tuberous vegetable.
  • Potato Wedges: Sliced potatoes that are fried or baked until they curl at the ends.
  • Prawn Cocktail: An appetizer made from shrimp in a cocktail sauce.
  • Prune: A dried plum.
  • Pudding: A food, usually sweet, made by mixing and cooking a thickened mixture of milk or cream with eggs and other ingredients.
  • Pumpernickel: A type of bread made from rye.
  • Pumpkin: A type of winter squash.

European Foods Beginning with P

  • Panna Cotta: [Italian] A soft, creamy, gelatin-based dessert
  • Parmigiana: [Italian] A layered casserole of cheese and tomato sauce with breaded and fried eggplant and meat
  • Pâté: A spread usually made with a cooked meat, fat and/or herbs.
  • Pesto: [Italian] A sauce made from crushed basil leaves, mixed with olive oil, nuts, and garlic.
  • Pretzel: [German] A type of baked pastry, usually shaped like a knot.
  • Profiterole: [French] A small choux pastry filled with cream or ice cream.

Mexican Foods Beginning with P

  • Pan Dulce: A sweet bread used for pastries.

Indian Foods Beginning with P

  • Pakora: Deep-fried fritters, often made with vegetables and spices.
  • Paneer: A semi-soft cheese made from curdled milk, pressed and mixed with cumin and other spices.
  • Papadum: A thin, unleavened flatbread made from lentils or chickpea flour.
  • Paratha: A flatbread cooked on a tava.
  • Pilaf: A rice dish cooked with meat or vegetables.

Oriental Foods Beginning with P

  • Pad Thai: [Thai] A stir-fried noodle dish, made with Thai rice noodles, tofu, eggs, bean sprouts, onions and garlic. Served with ground peanuts on the side.
  • Panaeng: [Thai] A red curry dish consisting of meat cooked in a coconut cream based sauce.
  • Peking Duck: [Chinese] Duck marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, five spice powder and rice wine, roasted over an open flame and served in pancakes.

Middle Eastern Foods Beginning with P

  • Pita Bread: A flatbread made from flour and water, usually leavened with yeast. It is eaten most commonly with dishes such as falafel.

African Foods Beginning with P

  • Peppersoup: [West African] A light soup made from various meats, calabash nutmeg and chilli peppers.
  • Plakali: [Ghanian] A staple food made from cassava dough cooked in water.