28 Foods That Start With Q

There are so many amazing foods that start with the letter Q, it’s hard to figure out where to even begin!
We could talk about qunioa and queso, but those are too easy.
How about quinoa? It’s a favorite for salads and appetizers. But there’s also quiche – both of which start with “Q.” And don’t forget quinoa pasta: It’s one of our favorites because it makes amazing dishes! There’s quinoa puffs, quinoa rice…and more! Let’s see the list below to find some that you may have not thought about.


List of Foods That Start With Q

Quark (Dairy)

Similar in taste and texture to cottage cheese, quark is actually closer to sherbet than either one of those cheeses because it can be made with milk that’s been soured. It’s eaten around the world in different forms, including as a spread or filling for baked goods.


A quenelle is an oval-shaped dumpling made from cream, eggs, flour, and sometimes other ingredients like cheese which might be formed by hand and served in a soup or sauce.

Queen Forelle Pear

These small yellow-green pears can be found growing on trees in Europe and North America and are prized for their tart flavor and juicy flesh. They’re most often eaten raw but might also be used in baking or cooking because they tend to hold their shape well.

Quavers Crisps

This snack is a very thin, crispy type of chip that is very light which makes it crisp up when you add water to the packet and eat it.

Quinoa Puffs

Another great product from quinoa! Quinoa puffs are similar to popcorn and can be eaten as a snack by themselves or sprinkled on top of yogurt or salads. They even come in different flavors like Mexican cheddar, Italian herb, and more!

Queen Apple

Apple trees generally produce one or more main types of apple in addition to some other fruit such as pears, so queens often have unique names like queen apples for this reason.


These birds are hunted for their meat. Although they are very small, each quail provides less than two ounces of meat per serving.


This is a type of clam native to the eastern coast of North America, especially in New England. They are usually served fried or steamed.


Quinoa is a grain from South America that’s been cultivated since 3,000BC. It’s especially popular with people who follow a gluten-free and vegan diet, and is packed full of protein like all other grains.

Quail Eggs

Quail eggs are another form of bird egg, much like chicken eggs. They’re often eaten in many parts of the world, including Mexico and Indonesia.


Queso is the spanish word for ‘cheese’ and in Mexico it’s used to refer specifically to cheese fondue. Mexican queso is typically made with white American cheese melted together with fresh chiles, onion, cilantro, and tomatoes served with tortilla chips.


Quorn is a meat substitute that can be used in place of beef or chicken. It’s made from fungus and was created by Marlow Foods (a company located in the UK). Quorn has many different varieties like nuggets, fillets, sausages, and more!

Quarter Pounder

Most commonly known as a hamburger from McDonald’s, a quarter pounder is a meat patty that has 4 ounces of beef inside it – about 1/4 pound. Sometimes other ingredients are added or the name is changed depending on where you are in the world.

Queen Tahiti Pineapple

This bright yellow pineapple has a somewhat sweet flavor with just a hint of tartness to it. It’s somewhat larger than most pineapples and is often eaten raw on its own or in fruit salads.

Quinoa Rice

This is simply white rice that’s been blended with quinoa. Quinoa adds some extra nutrients and makes this rice healthier to eat – plus it has a nutty flavor that goes very well with steamed veggies and fish dishes.

Quadretti Pasta

A quadretto pasta formerly known as “chicken lover’s” pasta consists of small squares or diamonds made up of four edges each. This type of pasta is unique since the edge opposite the point is rounded so that it does not cut into itself when cooked. Quadretti pastas are often used for dry pasta salads because they hold sauce well due to their shape and size.


A quesco is one who makes quesadillas, meaning to grill a tortilla sandwich until it’s melted.


A hearty drink (like beer) that is often shared with friends and family while spending time together.


A qeqe is a fist sized ball of dough made from hard white maize and is used as the basis for many traditional dishes such as nshima (sadza), nsima and other similar starchy foods. Nsima is the staple food for most people in Malawi. Nsima is produced from maize flour which is eaten with any choice of meat, rich sauces or vegetables. The food can also be mixed with fruit like mangoes, bananas and avocados to give it a sweet taste.

Quick Bread

Quick bread is a general term for any type of bread leavened by baking powder or soda alone, as opposed to yeast. The best-known quick breads are biscuits, scones, muffins, and American-style cornbread.


A quandong is a fruit that’s native to Australia which has a hard pit surrounded by sweet pulp. The flavor is somewhat similar to an apricot or peach, but not quite as soft or juicy. Quandongs might be dried for storage after they’re mature enough to eat, though this process reduces their sweetness significantly.


The quince is a yellow, apple-shaped fruit that’s usually eaten cooked. It has a tough outer skin and the flesh inside tastes sweet and acidic at the same time. The seeds are removed from inside before cooking because they’re poisonous if swallowed whole.


Quinine is an extract from the bark of a South American cinchona tree, which has been used in the treatment of malaria. Quinine water is bitter tasting and made by mixing quinine with sugar or alcohol.


A quesadilla is a tortilla sandwich, with a filling of cheese or other ingredients that has been grilled until melted.


A quiche is a savory pastry crust dish filled with custard, or sometimes from vegetables and cheese.

Quinine Water

Quinine water is a carbonated beverage made from bitter bark. It was traditionally used as an anti-malarial, but has also been used for migraine headaches and jetlag. Quinine water is very bitter so it’s best to mix it with lots of ice or fruit juice!


The bark and root of quassia trees can be used to make medicine as well as liquid extracts and liquid concentrates which have many uses including staining wood, repelling insects, and cooking.

Quinoa Pasta

It may be called pasta, but it doesn’t contain any traditional wheat or gluten! Quinoa pasta has more protein than traditional pasta, making it a popular choice for people who are trying to eat healthier.

Wrap Up

The list of foods that start with the letter Q is a long one. There are so many different types of food from all over the world, it can be hard to keep track!

Now that we’ve covered the letter “Q” and all of its delicious foods, It’s time to have a look at some lists like this- perhaps starting with another letter?

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