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Foods Beginning With B

There are plenty of foods beginning with the letter B, some more common than others!

Below is our list of foods that start with the letter B. Have we missed any out?

Foods beginning with the letter B

Bacon

bacon

Bacon is a type of salt-cured meat that is prepared from pork and usually cooked until crispy. It can be served as part of breakfast, lunch, dinner or in sandwiches.

The smell of bacon cooking often draws crowds close by. People love bacon because it’s salty, crunchy, fatty, and flavourful, making them crave it more!

Bacon tastes great with eggs for breakfast, in a sandwich or bap, or wrapped around some chicken to make Hunter’s Chicken.

Baking Powder

baking powder

Baking powder is a chemical leavening agent that causes baked goods to rise.

It contains an acid and a base, which react to produce carbon dioxide gas bubbles. The reaction also creates heat, which helps the dough or batter expand and gives food light and fluffy texture.

Baking powder typically has corn flour as its main ingredient because it can provide structure for the finished product without changing the taste of your recipe too much. The most common acids used are cream of tartar or tartaric acid.

Baking powder is one of those ingredients you might not think about until you need it! But once you know how baking powder works, it’s easy to understand why we use them in recipes like muffins, pancakes, biscuits, cakes – just about anything we want to be light and airy rather than dense.

Banana

bananas

A banana is a type of fruit that contains many nutrients, including potassium.

They are available year-round and come in several different sizes, depending on the variety. When you buy bananas at the supermarket, you should look for those without blemishes to make sure they are fresh enough to eat! 

Bananas are typically eaten as part of breakfast with cereal. Still, they can also be used in salads or other dishes. Bananas can be eaten raw or baked, with banana bread being a very popular recipe for using up ripe bananas.

Barley

barley

Barley is a cereal grain that is used in the production of malt. It has been an important food source for centuries and dates back to Ancient Egypt, where it was used as animal feed, beer ingredient, and bread additive. 

Today’s modern breweries use barley in many different ways, including making their beers!

Barley can be added to soups, stews and bread, and eaten as a whole grain boiled.

Basil

basil

Basil is a herb that has a strong, sweet, spicy and slightly hot flavour. Basil is typically used in Mediterranean cuisine as the main ingredient in many dishes such as tomato and pasta sauces and salads and soups.

Basil is used when making green pesto and is a popular herb to add as a pizza topping.

There are different types of basil; Thai Basil is commonly used in Thai Red Curry or Thai Green Curry.

Basil can be purchased fresh or dried at most supermarkets or easily grown at home.

Related: Tomato and Basil Soup

Bay Leaves

bay leaves

Bay leaves are a dark green, aromatic leaf of the bay laurel tree. They are used for flavouring in cooking, either whole or ground into powder form.

Bay leaves can be added to a dish fresh, or the leaves can be dried out.

Bay leaves are a popular addition to stews, soups and any meals that require a long simmering time.

Beans

beans

There are many different types of beans, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Beans are typically green, red or brown, but can also be black, purple, white, speckled – you name the bean, and there’s probably a type that looks unusual!

Beans can be cooked in dried or canned form. They should always be rinsed before cooking to make sure they are clean and free of debris.

Beans can be added to salads, stews and other main courses such as burgers and wraps. Beans may also be mashed into a paste for dips or spread like hummus.

Beans contain protein, fibre and healthy carbohydrates, making them an essential part of a balanced diet.

Beef

Beef is a cut of meat that comes from a cow. The colour of beef ranges from pink to brown, and the fat content varies as well – some cuts are lean with little fat, while some have as much as 30%.

Beef can be cooked using different methods such as boiling, grilling, frying or roasting. It is also popular to use beef in making stews and soups.

Cuts of beef include brisket, silverside, shin, rump, rib-eye, onglet, fillet, sirloin, skirt, T-bone, topside.

Beetroot

different cuts of beef

Beetroot is a root vegetable with red skin and flesh. Beets are usually eaten cooked or pickled but can also be eaten raw.

Beetroot, when enjoyed raw, can be consumed either in a salad or juiced or blended to make a smoothie.

When cooked, beetroot is often eaten as a side dish or added to many recipes, such as pasta dishes, burgers, and even baking to make a beetroot cake or beetroot brownie.

Blackberry

blackberries

Blackberries are a popular type of berry with dark purple skin and juicy, soft flesh.

Blackberries can be eaten raw or added to salads. They are also good in cakes, pies and tarts.

Blackberries are commonly found growing wild in the countryside and are often harvested after becoming slightly overripe.

If you find you have an abundance of blackberries, they can be frozen or quite easily be turned into blackberry jam.

Blackcurrant

blackcurrants

Blackcurrants are a type of berry that is mainly grown in Europe. They have a tart flavour and are often used to make jam, juice or jelly.

Black Pepper

black pepper ground in a bowl next to whole black peppers

Black pepper is a spice often used in cooking as a seasoning and can be found on many tables at dinner time. You’ll find it in many dishes, from Indian curries to Italian pasta. 

Be careful not to overuse it, as too much black pepper can ruin your dish!

Blueberry

blueberries

Blueberry is a small, round fruit that grows on plants. Blueberries are often used in pies and other desserts because they have a sweet flavour.

Blueberries have dark purple skin, and the flesh is typically a light green shade, although this will depend on their variety.

Blueberries are easy to grow at home in a pot or the ground. If you have more blueberries than you can eat, they can be frozen or turned into jam to eat at a later date.

Bread

different types of bread

Bread is a staple food for many people and can be found in sandwiches, toast or used to make croutons. Bread is made from flour, yeast, salt and water, which are mixed together before being baked.

There are many different types of bread, including white, brown, rye, wholemeal and seeded.

Broccoli

broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that grows in many different countries. It has green leaves and thick florets which sprout from the stalk of the broccoli plant.

Broccoli can be cooked by boiling or steaming, or it can be stir-fried. It is also very tasty when baked in the oven with cheese on top!

Broccoli can also be added to a soup for delicious broccoli and stilton soup!

Brussel Sprout

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are a type of vegetable that grows in clusters on the stalk. They are typically deep green but can also be purple or white, depending on how they’re grown.

Brussel sprouts have an earthy flavour and are often cooked with bacon to give them an additional salty taste.

Brussels sprouts can be eaten cooked or raw and make a tasty side dish to many meals. They can also be enjoyed roasted in the oven for a crispy texture.

Related: How To Cook Brussel SproutsRoasted Brussel Sprouts and BaconBrussel Sprout and Cheddar Soup

Buckwheat

buckwheat

Buckwheat is a type of plant that produces dark brown seeds. Buckwheat can be used to make flour and has a very distinct flavour.

It is often cooked as a pilaf or rolled into flakes like oatmeal for breakfast porridge. It makes a delicious alternative to rice or quinoa, and they can even be baked into a pie crust.

Butter

butter

Butter is a dairy product that is made by churning fresh cream. It typically has a high-fat content and is often used as a spread or for cooking and baking. 

It is the fat that gives the butter a rich and creamy texture.

Butter takes on the flavours of other ingredients in food preparation to enhance their tastes, such as garlic butter for bread dipping, pesto sauce for pasta dishes, and black pepper-butter sauce for steak.

Buttermilk

buttermilk

Buttermilk is the liquid that remains after the cream has been churned into butter. Buttermilk can be enjoyed as it is or used in cooking and baking where a sour flavour is required.

It can be added to smoothies and pancakes for an extra creamy texture, used instead of milk in doughnuts, muffins or cake, or used as a marinade for buttermilk chicken.

Butternut Squash

butternut squash

Butternut squash is a type of vegetable that is cylindrical with tan-coloured skin. Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavour, and the flesh has an orange colour similar to pumpkins.

The seeds are often roasted and eaten as a snack or cooked into dishes, while the flesh can be used for soups, stews, curries and is also enjoyed roasted.

Butternut squash has become a popular alternative to potatoes, pasta and rice with recipes such as butternut squash pasta, rice, fries and even butternut squash pizza base.

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