44 Foods That Start With L – Fruits, Vegetables And More [With Photos]

by Alan Young

In this article, I have listed every food that I can find that starts with L. I’ve listed fruits, vegetables, and other foods that start with L.

I’ve also added a picture for each food item on this list.

If you know any other foods that start with the letter L that I haven’t got on this list then please leave a comment at the end of this article and I will add it to the list.

With that said let’s get started with the fruits that start with L.

The Ultimate List Of Foods That Start With L

Fruits That Start With L

Lakoocha

Lakoocha is a food starting with L

Balaram Mahalder, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This tropical fruit of the subcontinent of India is known to contain between 20 – 30 fleshy seeds. It is described as having a blend of sour, sweet, and tangy taste, quite similar to the kiwi.

Langsat

Also known as Lanzones or Longkong, Langsat is native to Southeast Asia. At the early stage of their development, Langsats are sour tasting but develop sweet-tart flavor with acidic overtones as they mature.

Lemon

lemons on a table

One of the most common citrus fruits with the signature sour taste of all things citrus, however, lemons are extremely sour and pack a hard punch to the taste buds. 

Leucaena

Characteristically known for their elongated (linear), flattened, pods with a pointed tip (beaked apex). The pods are not edible but the seeds with their sharp and slightly bitter flavor are. They are native to Southern Mexico and Nothern Central America.

Lilly Pilly

A very popular native fruit in Australia with glossy red, purple, or pink epicarp – depending on the variety. It’s got a cranberry-like taste with clove cadences.

Lime

I doubt there’s anyone that hasn’t heard of Lime, another fruit that starts with L from the citrus family, it has a tart acidic taste with a hint of sweetness. They are usually used to jazz up the taste of other foods.

Limeberry

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Native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, they have a bright red color. Limeberries are pulpy and unlike the lime in its name with a sweet lemon flavor.

Limequat

Limequat on a branch

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A hybrid of lime and kumquat, hence the name. Limequats can be eaten whole or with their sweet-tasting peel and bitter-sweet pulp used to flavor drinks dishes.  

Lingonberry

Native to the Northern Hemisphere from Europe to North America, the lingonberry is a small berry with an oddly deceiving bright red color that may or may not be a delight to your tastebuds. It is sour with a hint of sweetness.

Loganberry

Loganberries taste just like the fruits they’re the hybrids of – Raspberry and Blackberry. They are full of flavor and a little tart.

Longan

Sometimes called a berry and other times, a nut, however, it’s neither. It is a fruit with a flesh that’s described to have a musky, sweet taste. It is quite similar to the lychee in taste with a less pronounced floral aroma.

Loquat

Spotted mostly in the cooler hill regions of south-central China, the Loquat is an orange-colored fruit with a sweet, slightly tart taste with citrus overtones.

Lucuma

This is the fruit of a tree that is native to South America. It can easily be identified by its hard, green outer shell but soft, yellow flesh. Lucuma has a sweet flavor that tastes like the harmonious blend of sweet potatoes and butterscotch.

Lychee

Hard to miss with its thin rough skin, sweet white scented flesh, and a large central stone. Lychees should only be consumed ripe as unripe lychees have been linked to encephalopathy (a change in brain functioning). It is native to the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Fujian.

Lardizabala Fruit

Lardizabala Fruit Or just Zabala in Chile of which it is native. The Zabala is a purplish fruit with a highly sought-after pulpy, sweet taste.

Lady Apple

Often confused for a crab apple because of its miniature size. The Lady Apple is also known as Lay’s Fingers or Christmas Apple. It got a refreshing sweet-tart taste.

Lapsi

Native to Nepal, it is favorably known as the Nepali hog plum. It has soft whitish flesh with green to yellow skin. Lapsi is best consumed ripe for its pleasantly tart flavor.

Lemato Fruit

It’s got a lighter red color with the aroma and flavor of tomato with just a dab of lemony, floral undertones. Those are the keywords, Lemon and Tomato. The Lemato is a hybrid variety of both fruits.

Lemon Aspen

This acidic and aromatic fruit is native to the tropical forests of Queensland. Lemon aspen has an unsurprising citrus aroma with a strong tart lemon taste and grapefruit overtones.

Vegetables and Herbs Starting With L

Lagos Spinach

Also known as quail grass, Soko, or celosia. It’s a vegetable that starts with L that thrives very well with minimal resources and supervision. The Lagos Spinach has a pleasant flavor with no trace of the bitterness noticeable in amaranths. As its name suggests, it is native to Lagos, Nigeria.

Land Cress

land cress starts with L

Land cress is said to be very tasty with strong peppery flavors that are mainly used in salads. It is native to North Africa Eurasia and grows as a wild plant.

Leek

Leeks are alliums. Some common examples of alliums are onion and garlic. Their taste is described to be the slightly milder, sweeter, and mellower version of the onion. This crop quite ancient and native to East Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Lemongrass

Native to a lot of places including Nigeria, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and India – to name a few. Lemongrass has characteristic citrus flavors and scents. 

Lentil

Like its legume counterpart, beans, lentil is an edible food that starts with L. It’s a lens-shaped seed that grows in pods. Its taste varies from person to person but it is mostly described as having a mild earthy, nutty and peppery flavor. Canada and India are the major producers.

Lettuce

Lettuce on a table

Grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes used for its stems and seeds. Depending on the variety, lettuce can be crisp and mild, soft and buttery, or red and peppery.

Lima Bean

Just like all leguminous crops, the lima bean is an edible seed that grows in pods. It’s got a flavor that’s been described to be nutty and sweet. It is native to Meso and South America.

Lotus Root

Despite its name, it is actually the stem of the plant which is mild tasting with a pleasantly sweet flavor. It also has a crunchy consistency much like celery. It primarily grows in China, Japan Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Legume

This is a plant in the family Fabaceae. It encompasses a wide range of edible nuts, examples include all bean crops and lentils. Legumes have a nutty flavor and firm texture,

Lovage 

With leaves used as an herb, roots as vegetables, and seeds as a spice, no part of the Lovage ever goes to waste. The leaves taste like celery with hints of parsley. It is native to Central America.

Other Foods That Start With L

Lekvar

Made from sweetened prunes and apricots, Lekvar is also known as Prune or Apricot Butter and used as a pastry filling. It originated in Hungary.

Lady’s Finger

Most commonly known as Okra or Ochro, it’s usually consumed whole – seeds and pods. It is native to regions in West Africa, Ethiopia, and South Asia.

Licorice

This herbaceous legume is native to Western Asia and Southern Europe. Licorice is known to have sweet, bitter, salty, and sour tastes. From its roots, sweet and aromatic flavors are extracted.

Lucky Charms Cereal

Picture of a lucky charms food starting with L

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Its described as tasting like cheerios with awesome marshmallow bits, however, Lucky Charms comes in various flavors such as Chocolate, Frosted Flakes, Fruity, Honey Clovers, etc.

Limburger Cheese

Limburgers are a variety of cheese that originated in Belgium. It is especially known for its strong smell. Limburgers are well known for their grassy, mushroom taste.

Linguini

This is a special type of ribbon pasta much like fettuccine. It is traditional used to prepare Linguine alle vangole (Linguine with clams in English). Like all pasta, it originated in Italy.

Lamb Meat

Another meat that starts with L as you well know, it is the meat of domestic sheep. The taste has been described to be gamey and other times, robust, pastoral, and well balanced. Unique right?

Lasagna

One of the oldest and most common types of pasta, it is an Italian dish of stacked layers of thin flat pasta with fillings of vegetables, cheese seasonings, and spices.

Lobscouse

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A type of stew that was formerly eaten by sailors, It consists of meat and vegetables. It has its origins in the port of Liverpool.

Lard

Lard is a semi-solid white cooking fat product obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the pig. Like all cooking fats, it is used for grilling, roasting, frying, and baking.

Laverbread

It is a local cuisine in Wales made from edible seaweed. The seaweed is harvested from around the west coast of Great Britain and the east coast of Ireland. Laverbread’s mushy in texture and salty to taste.

Lobster Meat

With meat that’s firm but smooth amd soft to bite, lobsters taste like the blend of crabs and shrimps. 

Lingcod

Also known as buffalo cod, it is a fish endemic to the west coast of North America. The meat is lean and turns white when cooked. It is firm and almost dense in texture with a slightly sweet flavor.

Lollipops

A sugar-based candy mounted on a stick, that being said, I doubt there’s anyone who has never heard of lollipops. It is meant to be sucked and licked.

Latke

Otherwise known as Potato pancake. It is a dish made from ground potato and eggs fried shallow. It is often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning.

There you go. 44 foods that start with L.

Like a said at the start, if you know any other foods that I’ve missed then let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

Also, here you can find foods that start with other letters.

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