It is always fun to list off as many foods beginning with a certain letter as possible. When it comes to the letter P, you may be surprised by how many options there are.
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Now, if anyone asks me about a food that begins with "P," the first and only answer that will likely pop into my head will be pancakes. It's hard to think of another as fantastic food, although, as you'll soon see, there are plenty to choose from.
And speaking of foods that start with "P," I'd be remiss if I didn't mention pies. If you're family's Italian, you likely thought of "pasta." Also, I know many of you probably thought "Pizza," another great Italian dish. Those from Louisiana may have thought of a favorite delicious local sandwich called the "Po-boy."
In this article, we have compiled a huge list of 121 different foods and drinks that begin with the letter P.
For more great food lists check out food that begins with the letter Q and food that begins with the letter O.
While there are many you would have tasted before, there are some less popular choice featured. We would definitely recommend giving our choices a taste test!
Paella is a delicious Spanish dish that consists of chicken, seafood, saffron and rice. It is full of flavor, and is cooked in one pan. The dish originated in the Valencia region of Spain.
2. Pak Choi
Pak choi is often referred to as bok choi. It is a Chinese cabbage often used in noodle and stir fry dishes. Alternatively, it can be covered with oyster sauce dressing and served as a side dish.
Pakora is an Indian Dish that features vegetables, and sometimes meat that is deep fried in batter. They are triangular, and are full of spices and flavor. They are typically served with dips, or alongside a curry dish.
Pancakes are slightly different across the world. American pancakes are fluffy and thick. They are often covered with maple syrup and served with bacon. In the U.K., pancakes are very thin and flat. Traditionally they are served with sugar and lemon, which is the perfect balance between sweet and sour flavors.
Pancetta is pork belly of pork that has been dry cured. This meat originated in Italy. Being dry cured, it is quite salty, but full of flavor. Interestingly, being a cured meat, it is intended to be eaten raw, but the curing process allows this to be safe!
Pandoro is traditional sweet bread that originates from Italy. It is shaped like a star, and is covered with icing sugar to finish. It is intended to resemble the Alps covered with snow, and it is typically served at Christmas.
Paneer is a soft Indian cheese. It is fairly mild in its taste, and is a great option for those who are not keen on strong cheeses. It can be used to make many dishes, such as Paneer Sandesh Pudding, and Paneer Kofta.
Panettone is a type of Italian bread that is served as a sweet treat that is a popular treat at Christmas. It originates from Milan, and is dome shaped and filled with raisins and candied fruit.
Panfish is an American term used to describe any freshwater and saltwater fish that are edible. The fish are small enough to be fried whole, such as bass, rollers and bluegill.
This delicious tropical fruit is native to America. It is juicy, and resembles a melon. It is a great addition to a fruit salad, or smoothie.
Paprika is such a versatile spice that can be added to many dishes. It is mild, yet full of flavor. It is particularly great with chicken and paella.
If you enjoy creamy desserts, parfait is certainly worth trying. It is a frozen dessert made using sugar, eggs, and cream. It is often topped with fruit. It has a similar consistency to yogurt.
13. Parma Ham
Parma ham is similar to prosciutto. It is a dry cured type of ham that is eaten uncooked. It is served in thin slices, and is strong in its flavor. It is a delicious addition to pizza, and pasta dishes.
Parmesan is a popular type of hard cheese that is added in grated form to many pasta dishes. It is a great seasoning, and does have a strong flavor.
Parsley is a great herb that is used to season many foods. It is great to add to a roasting chicken, and it can be purchased both fresh and dried. Parsley provides a herbal aroma and taste.
This root vegetable tastes fantastic when roasted, boiled, and mashed. It is native to Eurasia, but is enjoyed across the globe. Parsnips have a similar consistency to carrots, but are not as sweet.
Partridge is a food beginning with P you may not have tried before. It is a small game bird that is popular in Europe. While it is not eaten widely, it is versatile and does not have an overpowering flavor.
Popular in Italian dishes, passata is a type of sauce created from sieved tomatoes. It can be used as a pizza sauce, and to make Italian sauces. In the US, it is referred to as tomato purée.
19. Passion Fruit
Passion fruit is a delicious tropical fruit that is bursting with flavor. While they are only small, they pack a punch. They are sweet and have a tart and sour aftertaste, similar to a lemon.
Pasta is one of the most well known foods beginning with P in the world. It would have been a crime to not include it in our list! Pasta originated from Italy, and is made using durum wheat and water. It is a staple for many dishes, and one of the best carbohydrates to eat. It comes in many shapes and sizes.
Pastrami is a form of bee that is served in thin slices, and has been smoked. It is fairly expensive to purchase given the process used to create it. However, being so delicious, it is certainly worth trying!
Pastry describes a type of dough that produces baked goods. While pastry is high in fat, it is a delicious treat. There are 9 main types of pastry, such as puff, and choux. It is used to create treats such as croissants, pretzels, and danishes.
A pasty was created in the UK, and describes a savory pastry that will typically contain meat and vegetables. The most popular being a Cornish pasty, they are a popular snack and lunch meal in Britain.
Pate does appeal to an acquired taste given that it is made traditional with liver, spices, and sometimes wine. There are many types of pate, such as chicken, fish, and duck. It has a smooth and spreadable texture.
Here in the States, we use the term patty to refer to burgers and ground meat that is shaped into a small flat cake.
26. Patty Pan Squash
Patty Pan is a type of squash that is a type of squash that is ripe in the Summer months. It is small in comparison to other types of squash, and is yellow in its appearance. Its flavor is buttery.
Pavlova is a sweet dessert made using fresh fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and black currents, whipped cream and meringue.
PawPaw is native to North America and is similar to a banana and mango in its taste. It is delicious to eat, and it is commonly used for medicinal purposes too.
PayDay is a popular candy bar that features salted peanuts, and chewy caramel. It is a delicious snack for peanut lovers, and can be purchased covered in chocolate too.
Peaches are a stoned fruit that are juicy and sweet. They are great eaten alone, or in a pie, or part of a fruit salad. They have fuzzy skin, and yellow flesh.
31. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is created using ground roasted peanuts. This can then be spread onto bread, added to smoothies, or used in baking. It is a popular pantry item that is versatile.
Peanuts are a ground nut that originated in South America. They are such a popular addition to meals in the States, and can be used for both savory and sweet purposes.
Peas are seeds that are commonly eaten in the same way as vegetables. They are typically served as an accompaniment to meat and potatoes, and are great with many dishes.
34. Peking Duck
This is a Chinese dish that consists of roasted duck, cucumber, spring onions, and a sweet bean sauce. This is all served in a pancake, and often features hoisin sauce too. It is a popular, and delicious dish.
Pears are a popular fruit that are yellow, green and brown. They have quite gritty flesh, but are juicy. They originate in Eurasia, and have many health benefits.
Pecans are a popular nut that has an edible kernel. They are buttery and nutty in flavor, and have a similar consistency to a walnut. They are great eaten individually or as part of a trail mix or pie.
37. Pecan Pie
Pecans are great when added to baked goods. Pecan pie is a popular dessert in America, especially around Thanksgiving. It is sweet, crunchy, and nutty.
Pemmican is an indigenous dish that is created using dried meat, tallow, and berries. It is a great balance of sweet and savory flavors. Being high in energy, it is a popular choice with Arctic explorers.
Penne is one of the most popular types of pasta. It is made using durum wheat semolina, and is shaped in short tubes with angled edges. Its name translates from Italian as pen, given its shape. It is often served with a tomato based sauce, mozzarella, and basil.
Pesto is a delicious green sauce. Not only is it easy to make, but it features great ingredients, such as bail, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan. It is a popular pasta sauce choice, but is also great in a panini too.
You may be surprised to learn that peppercorns are actually a fruit, even though they are dried and used as a spice. There are many varieties, such as black, white, pink, and green.
42. Peppercorn Sauce
When it comes to sauces served with steak, it doesn’t get much better than peppercorn sauce. It is made using black pepper, stock, butter, and cream. It is the perfect balance of creaminess, and spice.
Peppermint is a hybrid of two different types of mint - spearmint and watermint. This herb is so versatile and can be used for many purposes, such as cooking, in candy, and it has many health benefits too.
44. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is a popular herbal drink. It tastes of pure peppermint, and has many types of health benefits. It is thought to help with nausea, IBS symptoms, and can help to keep breath fresh too.
45. Peppermint Bark
If you are a fan of peppermint and white chocolate, this is the perfect treat for you. It is made using crushed candy canes, chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint extract. It is the perfect balance of mint and sweetness.
Pepperoni is another popular food beginning with the letter P. It is often featured as a pizza topping, but it can be part of other dishes such as sandwiches, and pastas too. It is raw sausage that is made using beef and pork. It is then cut into thin slices to be used.
Did you know that peppers are both a fruit and a vegetable? They are juicy, crunchy, and great in salads, stir fry, and fajitas. Red peppers are the sweetest, and green are the most savory as they have not ripened.
Pepsi is an iconic cola drink, and arguably one of the best. It is sweet and flavorful. It is a carbonated drink dating back to 1893 and its original flavor has a high sugar content.
Perch is a type of freshwater game fish. It is a type of white fish that is not overpowering in its taste. Perch is common in the U.K., whereas yellow perch is native to North America.
Peroni is a refreshing Italian beer. It was created in 1846 by Francesco Peroni. It is a light beer that has citrusy undertones, and is crisp in its taste.
Periwinkles are an acquired taste. They do have quite a strong salty and fishy taste, though they are quite meaty. Periwinkles are steamed before they are cooked, and they are found in shells in rock pools.
52. Persian Melon
Persian melons are a tasty type of melon. They are long in their shape, and yellow. They are similar to a cantaloupe, and are very juicy, and sweet. They are great in fruit salads.
53. Peshwari Naan
Peshwari Naan bread features desiccated coconut, flaked almonds, and sultanas. White it is sweet in its flavor, it is great when served with dishes such as buttered chicken. It is an Indian food that also goes great with coffee or tea as a sweet treat.
Phaletshe is a dish that is popular in Botswana, and is created using maize. It is cooked similarly to oatmeal, and is mixed with water and heated to create a creamy consistency. This is then served with vegetables and meat.
Pheasant is a term used to describe a number of different birds that are game birds. They are most commonly eaten in the U.K., though other countries consume them too. They are typically hunted and then eaten.
56. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Philadelphia is a popular brand of cream cheese. It is made using milk and cream, and is quite mild in its taste. It is not overpowering, and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.
Piccalilli is similar to a relish, but is stronger in its taste. It is made using ingredients such as pickles, vegetables and spices. It is an English dish that is similar to South Asian pickles. It is typically served with meats, burgers, and eggs.
Pickles are pickled cucumbers. They are very popular here in the States, and are typically eaten in sandwiches and burgers. However, they can be eaten individually too.
Pies are another popular food beginning with the letter P. In the States pies are typically sweet. Some popular pies include pecan, pumpkin and key lime. However, in other parts of the world such as Britain, pies are typically savory and contain meat and vegetables.
Pierogi is a popular Polish dish. These small dumplings are typically filled with cheese or potatoes. They are then served with sour cream and onions. They are full of flavor and moreish. We would definitely recommend trying them.
61. Pigeon Pea
Pigeon pea is also commonly called red gram and gungo peas. These are Jamaican legumes, and are popular in Latin America, Africa and Asia. They are often eaten in salads, and as a snack.
Another fish featured on our list is pike. This is a freshwater fish that is fairly long, and they can weigh up to 16 kg! While they feature a mouth of rather sharp teeth, they are a tasty fish. They have white meat, and the flavor is rich.
Pilaf is a very popular type of rice used in Indian cooking. Pilaf is different to regular long grain rice, as it is boiled with a number of different ingredients, such as onion, celery, and stock. It is flavorful and a great accompaniment to curry dishes.
Another fish beginning with P is pilchard. This is a type of herring, that is a marine fish. These fish are small, and are full of protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are not too strong in taste and vaguely resemble tuna.
Pimentos are a specific type of peppers. They are sweet in their flavor, but also have a spicy kick to them. While they are not overpowering, they are great added to curry dishes. They are used for creating paprika.
Pimm’s is an English liquor that is gin-based. It was created in 1823, and is a popular summer drink. It is typically served with strawberries, cucumber, and lemonade added to the drink.
67. Piña Colada
Another popular alcoholic drink beginning with P is piña colada. This is a deliciously creamy cocktail that features pineapple juice, coconut cream, lime juice, and light rum. It is perfect for warm summer days if you enjoy milkier drinks.
Pineapple is typically the first fruit that comes to mind when thinking about the letter P. While it may have a spiky outer layer, its flesh is juicy and full of flavor. This tropical fruit is the perfect mixture of sweetness and tart.
69. Pine Mushrooms
Pine mushrooms are more commonly referred to as Matsutake mushrooms. They are a popular mushroom across the world, but particularly in Asia, and Europe. They are strong in their flavor, and are great when added to savory dishes, such as risotto. They are also tasty when eaten raw.
70. Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are a savory and healthy treat. They are fairly small and are found on pine trees. They are technically seeds, and are often added to salads. They are nutty and creamy in their taste.
71. Pink Lady Apple
Pink Ladies are one of the most popular types of apples. As their name suggests they are pink and red. They are sweet and juicy in their flavor.
72. Pink Lemonade
Pink lemonade is such a tasty and refreshing drink. While some pink lemonade is simply regular lemonade with red dye added. However, many will feature grenadine or red berries that will add to the taste and color.
73. Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a type of white wine that is fresh in its flavor and is created in Northeastern Italy. The wine has a slightly floral taste, and is crisp. Depending on the type purchased it can be either slightly sweet, or slightly dry. It is great when served with seafood.
Pinole is a type of powdered corn that has been toasted. It is popular with the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico. The corn is mixed with ingredients such as spices, sugar and water. It is then eaten similarly to oatmeal. However, it can also be baked to form a cake too.
Pistachios are fantastic, they can be used in many recipes and dishes, though they are just as tasty to eat alone too. They are technically a seed, and are grown in the Mediterranean, and the US. As they contain lots of thiamine and B6, they are a healthy addition to dishes. They taste earthy and delicious.
76. Pita Bread
Pita bread is a type of flatbread that is popular in both the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is used to create chicken gyros, which is a delicious Greek meal featuring chicken, tzatziki sauce, and salad.
Pizza is probably the most well-known food beginning with P. It is such a tasty meal that the majority of people will enjoy. With its tasty sauce, and loaded with cheese and toppings, you really cannot go wrong with this food. There are so many types of pizzas available, from Neapolitan to Chicago.
Plaice is a European flatfish that is very popular. It can be eaten battered, in fillets, or pan fried. It is great for those who are not fond of strong tasting fish. It is a white fish that is fairly mild in its flavor.
While they are often likened to bananas, plantains are slightly different. They are tougher and larger than a banana, and are commonly eaten in Southeast Asia and Africa. They have a similar consistency to bananas and are sweet like them, but do not have the same flavor.
Plums are a lovely fruit that have purple skin and have yellow skin. They do have stones, and are not overly sweet in their flavor. They contain many vitamins, such as calcium, potassium and Vitamins A and K.
81. Plum Tomatoes
When creating a tomato sauce, plum tomatoes are a popular choice. They can be purchased fresh, and are great when added to salad. Alternatively they can be purchased in tins. As the tinned tomatoes do not typically feature the skins, they are easier to purée.
Plumcots are such an interesting fruit. They are a hybrid of both a plum and an apricot. They resemble an apricot more than a plum in their appearance, but they have a similar taste to a plum. They are juicy, and definitely worth trying.
83. Poached Egg
Poached eggs are similar to a fried egg, but are a much healthier option. Instead of being fried in oil, they are boiled in water. They only take a few minutes to cook, and have a runny yolk center. They are great to eat on toast or as part of a breakfast meal.
Poi is a popular Polynesian food that is made from taro root. It is a paste that is added to bananas, pineapples and coconut cream.
Polenta is a food that derives from Northern Italy. It is made using corn, and water, and resembles oatmeal. When cooked it does turn into a harder consistency and can be then baked or fried. It can also be served with different meats.
Pollock is another popular fish that is eaten across Europe. It is similar in its taste to haddock and cod, but it is typically cheaper to purchase. It is a white fish that is fairly milk in its flavor. It, too, can be fried, baked, or battered.
87. Polo Mints
Polo mints are a popular confectionery in Britain. They are peppermint flavored, circular, and feature a hole in the center. They are purchased in packs, and are used as a refreshing breath mint.
Pomegranates are a tasty fruit that contains many edible seeds. It is linked to being a very healthy food, containing many antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Pomelo is a type of citrus fruit. It is the largest available and has a bitter but refreshing taste. It is yellow or green, and some varieties do taste sweeter than others.
Pompano is a type of butter fish that is native to North America. It is seen as one of the most edible fish in the world. It has a mild flavor and is not too overpowering, and can also be described as slightly sweet. It is quite firm in its texture compared to other types of fish.
Pop is essentially carbonated soda, and is a phrase that is common in the Midwest and West. It can be used to describe any type of carbonated beverage, and it is also a common phrase in the U.K. too.
92. Poppy Seed
Poppy seeds are taken from the poppy plant. They are sometimes found on top of bread, bagels, and in baked goods. They have many health benefits, such as helping to improve the health of both skin and hair.
Pop-Tarts are a type of toaster pastry. While they may not be the healthiest breakfast option, you cannot deny how great they are. When warmed up they have a soft and gooey center. There are many flavors available, such as Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and Strawberry.
Popcorn is such a tasty treat. While it is often served at the movies dripping in glorious salty butter, on its own it is a fairly healthy snack that is low in calories. Popcorn is made from maize kernels that have popped when heated up. It is a light and airy snack.
Popsicles are the perfect treat on a warm, sunny day. They are typically made using water, juices, fruit and milk, which are then frozen onto a stick. They are cool and refreshing to consume and there are endless different flavors to try.
Pork is a very well-known meat beginning with the letter P. It is taken from a pig, and is one of the most eaten meats in the world. There are many types of pork meat to choose from, such as belly, loin, chop, and ribs.
97. Pork Pie
A pork pie is a traditional meat pie that was created in England. It has a chopped pork center that is covered with a layer of port fat. This is then encased in pastry. While they may be high in saturated fat, they are a delicious treat to eat.
Porridge is the British term for oatmeal. Oatmeal is made using rolled oats that are mixed with either milk or water. While it is a fairly plain meal, it is filling and a great breakfast option. Many ingredients can be added to the porridge, such as fruit, honey, and maple syrup.
Port is a type of fortified Portuguese wine. It is full of flavor, and is much sweeter than red wine. It is fantastic when served with desserts, and there are dryer options available too.
Pottage is the name given to a stew or thick soup. Pottage will typically contain meat, vegetables, and grains. It is often thickened with oats. It is a phrase that has been used for many centuries.
Potatoes are perhaps the most versatile food in the world. From mashed potato, to baked potato, to French fries, there are so many ways to use a potato. They are a fantastic carbohydrate that is not only filling, but is tasty too. This is a root vegetable that has many varieties.
102. Potato Salad
Potato salad is a great side dish. It contains ingredients such as potatoes, vinegar, mayonnaise, olive oil, boiled eggs, and mustard. It is served cold, and while it is not technically a salad, it is still a tasty accompaniment.
Poulette is a type of French sauce. It is made using ingredients such as mushrooms, lemon juice, butter allemande sauce, and parsley. It is full of flavor, and is often served on top of vegetables.
In France the vegetables and poulette are served alongside sheep’s feet. While this may be an acquired taste, it is something new to consider trying!
104. Pound Cake
Pound cake is different to regular cake as it is richer and denser. It can be used for many recipes, and it is delicious. Its name derives from the measurements of the ingredients that are used.
Praline is created when you boil nuts and sugar together and then grind them. It is often included in different types of chocolate, and will often be featured alongside alcohol too.
106. Prawn Crackers
Prawn crackers are a popular Chinese side dish. It is made using tapioca flour prawns and water together to create a paste which is then deep fried. It creates a light and crunchy cracker.
107. Prawn Toast
Prawn toast is created with prawns, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, and egg whites, amongst other ingredients. It is a Hongkongese-Cantonese dim sum dish that is served in triangles with a doping sauce.
Prawns are one of the most popular types of crustacean. There are many types of prawns that can be consumed. While they are more commonly known as shrimp in the States, in other parts of the world they are referred to as prawns.
Pretzels are a popular American food that originated in Germany. They are a soft dough snack that is typically seasoned with things such as seeds, nuts, cinnamon, salt and sugar. They have a loop style shape, and a brown outer layer.
110. Prickly Pear
Prickly pear is the fruit taken from a cactus. It is orange or red, and resembles a melon in its flavor. It is not overpowering and is the same size as a pear, though it is not actually a pear.
Profiteroles are made using choux pastry, which is filled with crème and then frozen. They are then covered with chocolate and are a tasty dessert.
Prosecco is a type of sparkling white wine that is created in Veneto, Italy. It is often drunk as a celebration in place of Champagne. It is typically a dry wine, though there are some sweeter types of prosecco.
Prosciutto is another type of raw cured ham. While it is similar to Parma ham, it is slightly different. It is served in thin slices, and is quite salty in its taste.
Prunes are dried plums. They are typically consumed alone, or when added to a trail mix or oatmeal. They have many health benefits, such as helping with digestion, and lowering blood pressure.
Pumpkins are such a popular food to consume in the fall. They are a seasonal type of fruit. While they can be consumed in sweet baked goods, they are typically used for savory dishes.
116. Pumpkin Pie
Following on from pumpkins, pumpkin pie is a dish often consumed in the fall. It is a sweet dish, containing cinnamon, pumpkin purée, sugar, cream and eggs. It is a popular dessert to serve on Thanksgiving.
Punch is a phrase used to describe a large mixture of beverages. While it is typically alcoholic, it can be non-alcoholic too. Typically, punch will be red, and will feature soda, fruit, and fruit juices.
Purée is a term used to describe food that has been puréed into a paste. This is typically done to vegetables such as tomatoes, and fruits. This is then added to recipes, or into smoothies or drinks.
Last, but not least, we have purloo. It is often referred to as perloo, and is a rice dish originating from South Carolina. It is similar to a jambalaya, and will typically feature chicken or shrimp.
While it is likely you have tried the majority of foods featured on this list, we hope this list has brought some new options for you to try out too!
How many foods beginning with the letter P have you tried?
Foods That Start With P: Our List of 121
- Pak Choi
- Parma Ham
- Passion Fruit
- Patty Pan Squash
- Peanut Butter
- Peking Duck
- Pecan Pie
- Peppercorn Sauce
- Peppermint Tea
- Peppermint Bark
- Persian Melon
- Peshwari Naan
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- Pigeon Pea
- Piña Colada
- Pine Mushrooms
- Pine Nuts
- Pink Lady Apple
- Pink Lemonade
- Pinot Grigio
- Pita Bread
- Plum Tomatoes
- Poached Egg
- Polo Mints
- Poppy Seed
- Pork Pie
- Potato Salad
- Pound Cake
- Prawn Crackers
- Prawn Toast
- Prickly Pear
- Pumpkin Pie
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