31 Foods That Start With G: Best Options

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A variety of different foods start with the letter G, and you might be curious to discover more for research or nutritional purposes.

In this article, I will cover 31 foods that start with the letter G. So, next time you’re lacking inspiration, you have plenty of options.

For more great food lists check out food that begins with the letter H and food that begins with the letter F

Let’s get going, we have a lot of ground to cover.

1. Gammon

Gammon is the name given to the meat from the hind legs of a pig that has been cured by dry-salting or brining, which may or may not be smoked.

Gammon has a refined, somewhat salty flavor and is a common meat served in British pubs.

While gammon is similar to ham, it must be cooked before it can be eaten, much like bacon.

Once you have cooked a joint of gammon, it becomes ham. 

2. Grapes

Grapes are a delicious fruit that come in a variety of colors and forms. They are sweet, more-ish, and highly nutritious.

Served in fresh bunches, dried, or with their essence squeezed and fermented into wine, grapes are a highly versatile fruit. When they’re first picked, grapes have a crunchy texture, but they become shrivelled and softer as they get older.

Grapes are a great source of fiber and water, and are packed full of vitamins and powerful antioxidants that play a key role in immune system health. They can help you stay hydrated, and are great for your digestive health.

3. Garbanzo

Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are part of the legume family.

Garbanzo beans are readily available, and work well in a tonne of different recipes such as stews, soups, and blended into delicious hummus. They have a nutlike taste and a texture that is smooth and buttery.

As a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, chickpeas may offer a variety of health benefits, including improving digestion, helping weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a species of bulbous flowering plant. Garlic grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste.

It complements the majority of savory dishes, particularly soups and sauces. Not only does it taste great, but garlic is highly nutritious. It is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.

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5. Garden Peas

Garden peas are the small, spherical seeds that come from pods produced by the Pisum sativum plant. They are hugely popular due to their sweet, delicious flavor.

Peas contain just about every vitamin and mineral you need, in addition to a significant amount of fiber.

You can find them in frozen, fresh or canned varieties. Peas are also wonderful in pasta, soup, casserole, or sauteed in a stir-fry. Garden peas can be eaten raw as a snack, steamed with your other cooked vegetables, or also work well in salads.

6. Gateau

A gateau is a light sponge cake with a rich icing and filling. It’s a delicious crowd-pleaser that is typically a lot more indulgent than a traditional cake.

Common gateau fillings include heavy cream, ganache or mousse, melted chocolate and lots of fresh fruit. 

A gateau is more than just a delicious dessert. It makes an excellent centrepiece for any occasion and will undoubtedly be the star of the show whatever you are celebrating! It’s a super special experience.

7. Gelatin

Gelatin is a translucent, colorless, flavorless food ingredient, commonly derived from collagen taken from animal body parts.

Gelatin is 98 to 99% protein and has many health benefits. It is often used in food production, such as in puddings, marshmallows, candies, ice cream, yogurts, and cakes.

In pastry it is used as a thickening and gelling agent and is commonly available in two forms: sheet or leaf gelatin and granulated gelatin. 

8. Ghee

Ghee is a type of clarified butter that originated in India. It is traditionally used in a variety of Indian cuisine and is created by skimming the milk solids out of melted butter.

Ghee is highly nutritious, and contains a decent amount of vitamins A, D, E, and K. 

As it’s heated for longer, ghee has a stronger, nuttier flavor and darker color than standard clarified butter. Ghee has a high burning point, which means it’s good for frying.

9. Gelato

Gelato is a frozen dessert of Italian origin. While gelato is similar to ice cream, it is made with a greater proportion of whole milk to cream and has less air.

Gelato is much silkier in texture and a bit denser, allowing it to pack more flavor than traditional ice cream.

If you’re looking for a silkier frozen treat that’s lower in fat, gelato is the way to go.

10. Genoise

Genoise is an Italian sponge cake. Instead of using chemical leavening, air is suspended in the batter during mixing to provide a light and airy texture.

Genoise plays a fundamental role in French pâtisserie and is used for making several different types of cake. This type of sponge is nearly always brushed with a flavored syrup, helping to keep it moist and adding another layer of flavor to this delicious cake.

11. Gherkin

A gherkin is a small variety of a cucumber that’s been pickled. Gherkins are made by submerging a variety of small pickling cucumbers in a saltwater brine and left to ferment. This brine is usually made out of vinegar and salt, amongst other ingredients depending on the variety of pickles. 

In America, they call gherkins pickles, even though a pickle is technically any vegetable that’s been pickled.

12. Gingerbread

Gingerbread refers to a broad category of baked goods, typically flavored with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon and sweetened with honey.

Gingerbread is often associated with Christmas, especially when it comes to baking gingerbread cookies and gingerbread men. These festive treats that are great to make around the holiday season. You can experiment with a tonne of different icings, decorations, and get the whole family involved for some holiday cheer!

13. Gyros

A gyro or gyros is a traditional Greek dish that consists of meat that has been cooked on a vertical rotisserie, fresh tomatoes and onions, tzatziki sauce and fries all wrapped into a pita flatbread.

Tzatziki is a dipping sauce made out of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and various other spices that perfectly  complements the delicious rotisserie meat.

In Greece, this dish is usually made with pork, although chicken is also common. This Greek wrap can be eaten for lunch and dinner, and is absolutely delicious. 

14. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit with a flavor that can range from bittersweet to sour which is why it is often seen as a ‘love it or hate it’ fruit.

It is a great food to incorporate into your diet as it’s high in nutrients, but very low in calories. In fact, it is one of the lowest-calorie fruits you can eat.

Grapefruit also provides a significant amount of fiber. It also contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

15. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a creamy, rich yogurt with less sugar and a tart taste.

This yogurt isn’t just delicious, it’s also packed full of nutrients such as protein. An average serving, depending on the brand, can have 12 to 17.3 grams of protein.

Greek yogurt is a great breakfast food paired with a variety of berries and a drizzle of honey. Alternatively, it can be used to cool down a spicy dish, such as curry.

16. Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a flavor-packed chilled tomato soup from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. 

Gazpacho is super popular throughout Spain and Portugal, and there are millions of gazpacho variations out there. Typically speaking, Gazpacho features delicious cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a blend of herbs.

17. Genip

Genip or Genipas is a popular fruit that stems from the Caribbean. They are green in color with a sweet juicy pulp that has a tangy flavor. 

The fruit is almost a cross between a lychee and a lime and has a tight and thin layer of skin that is usually opened by being bitten into. Their pulp is orange, salmon or yellowish in color with a somewhat juicy and pasty texture.

18. Gumbo

Gumbo is a seasoned stew with meat and a variety of vegetables. However, gumbo isn’t a single stew with a distinctive flavor. Gumbo is more like many stews, which can taste very different from one another.

That being said, gumbo is thickened and flavored with a roux – a paste of flour cooked in fat and they all share the ‘holy trinity’ of diced onions, celery, and green bell pepper.

Gumbo is influenced by lots of cultures, including African (okra), Choctaw Indian (filé powder), French (roux), German (sausages), Italian, Spanish, Italian, and more. 

19. Guacamole

Guacamole is an avocado-based dip that originated in Mexico, but now it is hugely popular worldwide.

Traditionally served with a large bowl of nachos or in tacos, guacamole is a delicious dip made out of avocados, finely chopped tomatoes, onion, lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Mash the avocado in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and you’re good to go!

You can even add guacamole to a bowl of chili con carne for a refreshing twist to cool your mouth down!

20. Ground Beef

Ground beef or mince beef is beef that has been finely ground up through a meat grinder. It comes in a variety of fat contents, but the maximum is 30% fat. 

Ground beef is the traditional meat used in a variety of dishes, including spaghetti bolognese, lasagna, and chili con carne. A meal made with ground beef is hearty and warming, so it’s no surprise that ground beef tends to lend itself to plenty of comfort foods.

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21. Gruyère Cheese

Gruyère (pronounced “groo-yair”) cheese is classified as a Swiss-type of Alpine cheese that’s made from whole cow’s milk and generally cured for six months or longer.

Gruyère is sweet but slightly salty, with a rich, creamy, slightly nutty taste. flavor that varies widely with age. 

It is a great table cheese, a term that refers to any cheese that can be eaten in slices, such as in a sandwich or as an important part of a cheese platter.

22. Gratin

A gratin is a dish that is topped with cheese, or bread crumbs mixed with bits of butter, then heated in the oven or under the grill until brown and crisp. This dish is comfort food at its best!

Potatoes au Gratin, also known as Dauphinoise Potatoes, is a classic French dish. It  includes finely sliced potatoes, cream, butter and cheese with a hint of fresh thyme. This dish is creamy, indulgent, and definitely a dish to remember.

23. Garlic Chives

Garlic chives are a herb that are popular across Eastern Asia, and bear a strong resemblance to regular chives. 

However, while the standard chive has a mild flavor similar to onions, Chinese garlic chives are known for their strong garlicky flavor.

This makes garlic chives a popular seasoning. The flowers of garlic chives can be eaten or dried and made into floral arrangements.

24. Gigot

Gigot is a leg of mutton or lamb that is usually roasted and served with a variety of vegetables and roasted potatoes. 

The taste of gigot is similar to lamb chops and it is renowned for its succulence and delicious flavor. 

A gigot is the perfect meal to make for an occasion. It is perfect for barbecues with a lot of people, along with family dinners, socials, and especially holiday feasts.

25. Goose

Goose meat is rich and succulent, making it a good option for roasting. A goose is great for roasting despite its high fat content, as during the cooking process it melts and bastes the goose breast to ensure that it remains succulent and juicy.

Goose fat is the consistency of butter and has been used for decades to cook the world’s best tasting roast potatoes. So, along with your bird, you’ll have some delicious roasted potatoes, too!

26. Goat Cheese

Goat cheese, also known by its French name, chèvre, is cheese made from goat’s milk. Goat’s cheese comes in many different flavours and textures – from crumbly to creamy, mild to tangy, and young to mature.

Low in fat, it clocks in as a lighter alternative to most heavier cheeses.

The flavors of goat cheese can vary, but are often tart, with a soft, almost spreadable texture. When paired with a sweet, delicious chutney, eating goat cheese is truly a special experience.

27. Granola

Granola is a breakfast cereal that’s similar to muesli, but it is coated in a form of sugar such as honey to give it a crunchy texture.

It is usually made by toasting a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, fruits, and a sweetener like honey. It is super easy to make, or is widely available to buy in store.

Granola is a super versatile food. It can be eaten alone with milk, or used in a variety of different ways such as on top of berries and yogurt for a lovely toasted addition.

28. Graham Crackers

Graham crackers are a sweet flavored cracker made with graham flour and originated in the US.

These crackers are known for their toasted, cinnamon flavor and crunchy texture. They are a pantry staple and are used by many households for many different recipes.

Graham crackers can be eaten alone or in a variety of different baking recipes. From pie crusts to cheesecakes, or the delicious treat known as S’mores, graham crackers are super versatile.

29. Guava

Guava is a common tropical fruit cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. Guavas are super delicious and are packed full of nutrients.

Guava tastes fruity and slightly floral, like a cross between a strawberry and a pear.

Guava is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Guavas are one of the richest food sources of vitamin C, meaning that they play a vital role in maintaining your immune system. 

Aside from the health benefits, they’re super delicious on their own or in smoothies, in fruit platters, or lots of other recipes.

30. Goji Berries

The goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China and is known for its medicinal properties.

Goji berries are often called a superfood because they contain chemical compounds called phytochemicals that are good for your health. They are also loaded with important nutrients and antioxidants.

They are great to snack on as they are, or work beautifully on top of breakfast cereals, in porridge, or paired with a variety of different nuts.

31. Gouda

Gouda cheese has its roots in the southern regions of the Netherlands. Gouda cheese is usually made from cow’s milk, and is characterised by its aromatic and caramel-like flavour combined with its dense and springy texture.

Although gouda cheese is categorised in multiple types, the essence of gouda remains essentially the same throughout all of its variations.

Gouda cheese has a more mild, soft, and almost sweet taste and texture. They’re best served in sandwiches or with crackers.

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