37 Foods That Start With R


We did a little research on foods that start with the letter R and we’ve found some pretty interesting and delicious foods that will make you drool.

Our list includes anything edible, so besides food you’ll also find beverages, plants and condiments. Let’s get started.

foods that start with r

Foods That Start With The Letter R

Some of these you’ll be familiar with, others not so much. Here are 37 foods that start with the letter R and a few facts about them.

1. Radish

This crunchy, root vegetable is usually eaten raw in salads. Even though not everyone likes it, it’s packed with fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

2. Raisins

These purple, brown, or yellow morsels are actually dried grapes. They are usually included in cereal or granola, yogurt, mixed in oatmeal, or used as a salad topping. They contain fiber but also considerable amounts of sugar and calories, so keep this in mind if you’re watching on your diet.

3. Raspberries

Who doesn’t love these small juicy berries? They are sweet but also a bit tart and an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Raspberries can be red, purple, black, golden, or yellow in color.

4. Ratatouille

This French stew is made from vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, onion, peppers and seasonings. People describe its taste as tangy due to peppers and tomatoes.

5. Ravioli

This popular type of pasta originates from Italy. It’s basically thin, pasta dough with savory fillings, usually in square shape. You can find it served with sauce or in broth. It’s also one of my favorite dishes, so quick and easy to make up.

6. Red Cabbage

This red/purple vegetable is most commonly used fresh in salads, but it can also be eaten cooked. It’s rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. Such a healthy dish.

7. Redcurrant

These gem-like berries are native across Europe. They taste something between rhubarb and raspberries, so they are tart but not too much.

8. Relish

This condiment is made of chopped vegetables, herbs, or fruits. It’s a cooked and pickled product, one of the most popular being the pickled cucumber jam eaten with hamburgers and hot dogs. Relish compliments every single dish, whether or it’s burgers, fries or anything else.

9. Redfish

The redfish name is applied to several deep-sea rockfish. It’s also known as red drum, puppy drum, channel bass, or spottail bass.

10. Rhubarb

This plant has a sour, butter taste, so it’s usually eaten cooked with sugar. Even though it can be eaten raw, it’s usually combined with strawberries or added in pies and other desserts. Rhubarb and custard combined makes for a delicious dessert.

11. Rice

The three varieties of this popular cereal grain are short-, medium-, and long-grained rice. It’s cooked and used for savory and sweet dishes throughout the world. Looking for a recipe, we recommend this hibatchi fried rice recipe or also our famous Benihana rice.

12. Ribs

Ribs are a cut of meat, usually pork, lamb, beef, or venison. They are generally served as a rack of meat with various sauces. On this site we’ve also identified the best sides for ribs to pair.

13. Risotto

This rice dish is cooked with broth from meat, vegetables, or fish until it becomes creamy. Some types of risotto have onion, butter, parmesan cheese, and wine.

14. Roll

A roll is a small, individual loaf of bread in a round or oblong shape. It can be eaten whole or made into sandwiches.

15. Romaine Lettuce

This type of lettuce is also known as cos lettuce. It’s crunchy, sturdy, and rich in nutrients. Romaine lettuce is usually eaten as a salad.

16. Rose Apple

Rose apples have white, sweet flesh with a dry and woody texture. They are most commonly used in jams or jellies.

17. Rosemary

Rosemary is a fragrant herb that has needle-like, green leaves and blue, purple, or white flowers. It’s used as a seasoning in soups, salads, casseroles, and stews.

18. Roux

Roux is a mixture of fat and flour cooked and added to sauces for thickness.

19. Rye

Rye is a plant widely grown as a grain for the production of flour, beer, bread, some vodkas, whiskeys, etc.

20. Rum

This alcoholic drink is usually made in American and Caribbean countries, as well as India and the Philippines. Our favourite mixture has to be this pineapple orange coconut rum cocktail.

21. Rusk

Rusk is a twice-baked bread or a dry biscuit. It’s dehydrated bread so don’t expect to have fewer calories than regular bread.

22. Roulade

This dish is basically a filled rolled pastry or meat, and it can be sweet and savory.

23. Roquefort

This is one of the most popular blue cheeses that originates from Southern France. It’s made of sheep’s milk and has a crumbly, moist body. Roquefort is complex and intense, aromatic and creamy.

24. Roe

Roe is the released external egg masses of marine animals including fish, scallop, shrimp, squid, and sea urchins.

25. Rissole

This small patty is either rolled in breadcrumbs or enclosed in pastry, deep fried or baked. Most often, rissole is filled with minced meat or other savory ingredients.

26. Rigatoni

This type of tube-shape pasta originates from Italy. Rigatoni are slightly curved, but not as much as elbow macaroni.

27. Ricotta

A whey cheese produced from cow, sheep, Italian water buffalo, or goat milk, ricotta contains less fat and salt than most cheeses. It has a light and delicate flavor and a slightly grainy texture.

28. Rickey

Rickey is a cocktail made from bourbon or gin, carbonated water, and half a lime with little or no sugar. It’s usually served on the rocks.

29. Rambutan

Rambutan is the name of both the tree and the edible fruit native to Southeast Asia. The fruit can be eaten after removing the skin and the seeds.

30. Rutabaga

This root vegetable is something between turnips and wild cabbages. It’s sweet and packed with nutrients such as potassium and vitamin C.

31. Rose Hip

This fruit can be red, orange, black, or dark purple. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t taste like roses but like hibiscus flowers.

32. Ragout

Ragout is a dish made with small meat pieces stewed with vegetables and a lot of seasonings.

33. Raita

Raita is a South Asian condiment made from dahi (salted yogurt) and different vegetables, herbs, and fruits, generally served as a side dish.

34. Radicchio

Radicchio is an Italian chicory with a spicy and bitter taste which mellows if it’s roasted or grilled.

35. Ratafia

This term is used for two types of alcoholic drinks – a liqueur and fortified wine.

36. Rueben

It’s a grilled sandwich made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and rye bread.

37. Rapini

This green cruciferous vegetable is also known as broccoli rabe. It has a bitter taste and it’s most commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine.

37 Foods That Start With R

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Laura Ritterman


  • Radish

  • Raisins

  • Raspberries

  • Ratatouille

  • Ravioli

  • Red Cabbage

  • Redcurrant

  • Relish

  • Redfish

  • Rhubarb

  • Rice

  • Ribs

  • Risotto

  • Romaine Lettuce

  • Rose Apple

  • Rosemary

  • Roux

  • Rye

  • Rum

  • Rusk

  • Roulade

  • Roquefort

  • Roe

  • Rissole

  • Rigatoni

  • Ricotta

  • Rickey

  • Rambutan

  • Rutabaga

  • Rose Hip

  • Ragout

  • Raita

  • Radicchio

  • Ratafia

  • Rueben

  • Rapini


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Now you potentially know 37 more foods beginning with the letter r. Some of these dishes I’m sure you’re aware of but there were also many we had to research. Next challenge will have to be to eat all 37 of these.

We’ve explored a vast array of foods that start with the letter ‘R’, ranging from common items like ‘Rice’, ‘Raisins’, and ‘Radishes’ to more exotic delicacies such as ‘Rambutan’ and ‘Ratatouille’.

It’s fascinating to observe the diversity and richness of these foods, each offering unique flavors, textures, nutritional values, and culinary possibilities. We hope this article has expanded your food vocabulary and perhaps even inspired you to try some new ‘R’ foods. Remember, the world of food is as vast as our alphabet, so keep exploring and tasting!

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