If you are a person who is engrossed in trivia or need any help for your kid to make something for school, you might have come across the question: is there any food starting with 'X'? The answer would be yes, but many of these dishes are the ones that you haven't even heard about. This was a challenging job, as the research for the food or recipes was not easy. We have dug deeper to find out some of these astonishing names.
As far as the letter 'X' goes, I remember only learning 'xylophone' and x-mas' in my school days. This is not a common letter, and words with this letter are also minimal. Food that begins with the letter 'X' is mostly from different cultures and countries and is even dishes that existed in olden medieval periods.
After our in-depth research, we were able to find 25 foods that start with the letter' X.' Some of the food mentioned in the list are recipes, ingredients, fruits, and even vegetables.
With this being said, let's start by discussing the food that starts with 'x.'
- 1. Xigua
- 2. Xanthum Gum
- 3. Xavier Soup
- 4. Xinomavro Grapes
- 5. Xavier Steak
- 6. Xoconostle
- 7. Xiaolongbao
- 8. Xacuti
- 9. Xylitol
- 10. Xouba
- 11. Xanthia
- 12. Xingren Donfu
- 13. Xampinyons En Salsa Mushrooms
- 14. Xoi
- 15. Xocolatl
- 16. Ximenia
- 17. Xia
- 18. Xidoufen
- 19. Xmas Cookies
- 20. Xi Gua Lao
- 21. Xnipec
- 22. XO SAUCE
- 23. XALAPA PUNCH
- 24. Xiangcaojing
- 25. Xiphias
- Final Word
Xigua means watermelon in Chinese. This fruit on top is a delicious treat that comes packed with many nutritional benefits. You pronounce Xigua as "She gwah" and is a ubiquitous food that most Americans love and belong to the same family of cucumber, pumpkin, and squash. The best yummy recipe that most of you would enjoy is Xigua and Salsa recipe. This is a fun recipe and most relished by many of us. This fruit plus vegetables comes with many health benefits like it is rich in Vitamin A & C, and Xigua is full of Citrulline, which enhances blood flow. Do you know that a Xigua is 92% H2O, so munching on this sweet melon can ensure that you stay properly hydrated?
2. Xanthum Gum
Do you want to try some Xanthum Gum that is an integral part of many recipes? Xanthum Gum is a plant thickening agent used for baking and cooking. This can't be eaten alone and acts as a binding agent used in salad dressing and baked goods that come from fermented corn starch. Xanthum Gum can also be used in place of gluten to bring in more volume to the gluten-free meal.
3. Xavier Soup
The next one on our list of foods starting with X as my memory goes is the classic Italian soup prepared with those juicy chicken dumplings. Xavier soup is not that common among many people, but most of them know it is Xavier Supper named after Saint Francis Xavier. This dish is prepared on his feast day, and the recipe includes complicated steps of making the dumplings. You can easily scoop them from a simmering pot.
4. Xinomavro Grapes
Xinomavro Grapes is one variety of grape you should not miss while making red wine and has been popular among the Greeks. Xinomavro is a combination of the words Xino and Mavro, which means sour and black. The Xinomavro variety is mostly found in mountainous areas of Macedonia located in North Greece. Xinomavro grapes are rich in type and style of wine. You will be surprised to see its robust structure, high acidity, powerful tannins, and long aftertaste gives the food a good kick on dishes like lamb, beef that is roasted, or cooked in red sauce.
5. Xavier Steak
The alphabet challenge with the letter "X" took me to the next recipe, the Xavier Steak. This simple grilled steak with the addition of a few toppings makes it an exciting dish. Get the bite of asparagus, cheese, and steak. This bonafide X dish is one of the most natural recipes to prepare.
Xoconostle is one food that you might haven't heard of that starts with the letter X. Xoconostle is a native fruit from the Central part of Mexico. The prickly pear cactus form has a sour taste and is mostly liked by people who want to get that bitter taste in their food. However, if you're going to get the sour test challenge done, I recommend you to try.
Xiaolongbao is a Chinese steamed bun from Jiangsu province made in the old fashioned way. This dish has close connections with Wuxi and Shanghai areas, but it can be found elsewhere. You might have heard of Xiaolongbao, but didn't know what it was. We call them "soup dumplings." Making this is an art, but it can be a little bit tricky to eat.
Xacuti is a unique curry from the state of Goa in India. The slightly rich and spicy taste gives it a heavenly feel to your mouth. It is made from coconut paste and tossed with some homemade spices. The key ingredients that go into making the curry are skinned chicken pieces with bone, some whole spices like cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, onions, oil and rich cashew nuts with unsweetened coconut to give that extra taste and aroma.
This is another ingredient starting with X that doesn't go alone in a dish but enjoys its taste in any recipe. Xylitol is becoming a popular add on in most recipes as it is a natural alcohol which can be easily used as a sugar substitute. Xylitol gets widely used and consumed in candies and oral care products. It is a preventive way to be away from plague and tooth decay. If you are chewing gum lovers, then you will want to look at this ingredient.
Xouba, the small sardine-like fish, is a native to Spain. They are often caught in the nets along with sardines and are known by the same name. This enhances the flavor in many recipes, and people mostly like them fried or stewed.
Are you thinking of trying out a different cocktail for a throw out party, then trying Xanthia would be a good option. This unique and flavorful cocktail is made for special occasions and is made from ¾ ounce of yellow Chartreuse, 3/4 ounce gin, 3/4 ounce cherry brandy and 3 or 4 ice cubes. Make sure to shake and mix it well to keep it cold as you serve it.
12. Xingren Donfu
From China and Beijing, this popular dessert has won many hearts with its exquisite taste and mouth-watering flavor. Like any other Asian desserts, Xingren Donfu has got its fame all around the world. The dessert is made by mixing almond milk, agar-agar, gelatin, and sugar.
It's very soft and just melts down your mouth.
13. Xampinyons En Salsa Mushrooms
Xampinyons en salsa mushrooms that you can find in many Latin American countries and is a tapas dish. The dish is made with stir-fried onion, garlic, and a large portion of wild mushrooms. Xampinyons en salsa mushrooms are served with tomato puree, sherry, and topped along with some cloves, salt, and black pepper. You can have it cold, or some prefer it to be served hot.
Xoi is a native of Vietnam that is an extremely popular and cheap dish. The dish is sticky rice that is used as a base for other recipes in the country. The rice is eaten as the main dish.
Most people add sesame, soy sauce and some meat to the liquid of this dish and relish the soupy flavor of the broth.
Xocalati is a word that you may recognize or might have heard of before. This is similar to chocolate, and this word comes from the Aztec language Nahuatl. It is used to classify these cacao beverages as the upper-class drink, which we now know as the hot chocolate. This is bitter and was also used as currency for trading.
Ximenia is a deciduous tree, and a small shrub thinly branched with sour plum with smooth skin and ripened to orange-red. This fruit's botanical name is Ximenia Americana and mostly known by nicknames like American plum, sour blue plum, yellow plum. They are basically found in Asia, South America, and also in Africa. The fruit tasted a bit like plum and had a different color story. You can’t buy these fruits in any store, so you need to keep your eyes open when going out for wine.
Xia is a type of Shrimp that is mostly found in China. These shrimps are a bit less tasty and flavorful than the healthy shrimps. As they can hold flavors much better, some people prefer to have these along with other dishes.
Xidoufen is a famous Chinese soup in the Yunnan province made from boiled pea meal that is often flavored with garlic, chili flakes, chili oil, ginger, onion, and some good quality pepper oil. This soup is typically eaten with Chinese flatbread.
19. Xmas Cookies
Yes, we do have cookies in our list. Xmas cookies or Xmas biscuits bring down many memories on many as we still cherish and relish those sweet, sugar-coated cookies that we used to make back at home during those lovely Xmas times. These traditionally sugar-coated cookies based on the family traditions were made in different shapes, colors, and sizes. Many common ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, dried fruits, and almonds were used even during Medieval Europe. The most famous Xmas cookies were Gingerbread, Bredala, Fattigmann and Krumkake, to name a few.
20. Xi Gua Lao
Xi Gua Lao is Beijing's traditional dish cuisine. The dish is commonly prepared using ingredients like watermelon, cherries, sugar, vanilla powder, and agar. Xi Gua Lao is an extra special recipe as it draws inspiration from someone close to your heart. This watermelon based jelly Chinese dessert is mostly made during summer and is served over ice with cherries.
Xnipec is a Yucatan salsa made from fresh habanero peppers, tomato, sour onion, orange, and more. It packs some heat as the name implies that you might sweat like a dog's nose. The name Xni-Pec is pronounced "ShneePek" which translates to a dog's nose in Mayan. If you are someone who loves to taste spicy food, then you should not miss this dish.
22. XO SAUCE
XO sauce is a flavor bomb that is a blend of abundant dried seafood and cured ham. This umami flavor dish from Hong Kong is commonly used in the southern Chinese region, and you can spoon it over on any number of dishes. This sauce has become very popular in American restaurants wherein all the ingredients get cooked down to a jammy sauce.
23. XALAPA PUNCH
Xalapa Punch is an intriguing rum, brandy and red wine punch highlighted with black tea and heated orange rinds. This was created from Mexico's city and has reference in the oldest book "The Blue Grass Cook Book” way back in 1904.
Xiangcaojing is a typical flavoring agent like the vanilla extract that you come across in many recipes. The flavor is incredible, and it is present in many recipes made in Vietnam, China, and other Asian countries. Would you like to try Xiangcaojing in your cake?
Swordfish means Xiphias in Greek and also known as broadbills in some countries. Xiphias is not widely eaten because of the high level of toxicity due to the presence of methylmercury. But there exist some recipes that call for this fish to enhance the flavor. You may try out swordfish recipes occasionally to enjoy its taste without being affected.
Making this list was a challenging work as the list comprises many known names for the first time. But compiling them was very interesting, as it took me to different cultures and recipes that were really surprising as some were really wild to dwell into.
We have included almost all foods and recipes that start with the letter 'X' and have gone deeper in terms of research. The list has aimed to put together many food items that may sound weird and some that can make you go wild. This list of food would become handy for you at any point in time.