Kiwi, kabob, ketchup, kettle corn, and kidney beans. These are just some of the common words that start with the letter K.
But what if I told you that there are some words you haven’t encountered yet?
To prove this, I’m going to share this compilation of foods that begins with the letter K and some interesting facts about them.
The following food items are found all over the world.
Also known as kirschwasser, kirsch is a dry and colorless brandy distilled from the fermented juice of black morello cherry.
This alcoholic beverage originated in the Black Forest region of Germany.
Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that originates from the eastern state of Veracruz, Mexico.
It’s a drink made from combining Arabian coffee, sugar, vanilla, and rum. Kahlua’s flavor profile is somehow compared to Baileys, but the former is much stronger than the latter.
Knish is a popular Jewish snack composed of meat, potatoes, or cheese filling covered with deep-fried or baked dough.
It’s similar to Spanish empanada, Russian pirozhki, and Italian calzone. This snack is best served warm as an appetizer and side dish.
Also known as Kimmel, kummel is a sweet and colorless liqueur flavored with spices and herbs—most notably caraway seeds, cumin, and fennel.
This drink is one of the most famous liqueurs in northern European countries, and it’s best served chilled.
Also known as Egyptian leek, kurrat is an edible vegetable that belongs to the Alliaceae family.
The whole plant can be cooked and used as a garnish on salads.
Kasha is a porridge made from buckwheat groats. The grains are roasted, soak, and then slowly simmered until it softens.
When cooked, kasha features a firm texture and has a slightly gummy consistency perfect as a replacement to those colorful breakfast cereals.
8. Kecap Manis
Like its brothers, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, kecap manis is also one of the pantry staples found in many dishes.
It has a darker color and a molasses-like flavor due to the addition of palm sugar. This sweetened soy sauce originated in Indonesia.
Ketembilla or Ceylon gooseberry is a small tree fruit that’s native to Sri Lanka and southern India. It’s cultivated for juice, jam, and jelly production.
The fruit can be eaten raw.
Kimchi refers to a traditional side dish that’s popular in Korean cuisine.
It’s spicy and fermented vegetables such as napa cabbage and Korean radish, then flavored with garlic, ginger, and Korean chilies.
Kielbasa is a type of smoked sausage popular in Polish cuisine.
It’s one of the main ingredients of the popular dish, the Polish sausage soup.
Moreover, kielbasa is notable for its mild flavor profile that’s perfect for red beans and rice-based dishes.
Commonly known as German turnip, kohlrabi is a vegetable that belongs to the same species of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.
It can be eaten raw, but food enthusiasts throughout the globe prefer to roast the veggie.
Kabosu refers to a small fruit botanically classified as Citrus sphaerocarpa, a rare citrus variety belonging to the Rutaceae family.
It’s used to add a sweet and lemony flavor to sauces, juices, dressings, marinades, seafood, and main dishes.
Kiwano is an exotic fruit that’s found in the central and southern regions of Africa.
When ripe, it has a bright orange color skin covered in small spiny horns.
It can be eaten fresh or cooked. Kiwano is also known as the horned melon.
The bottom line
How many foods that start with the letter K in this list you already know?
If you know some more, feel free to reveal in the comments section below!
I’ll be pleased to hear your favorite selections in this collection too!
14 foods that start with K
This CookingChew compilation features a list of unusual foods that start with the letter K.
- Kamote cue
- Kecap Manis
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