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60 Foods That Start With H (From Ham To Halibut!)

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Are you here to learn some interesting facts about foods that start with H? 

– Of course, you are!

Are you here to win that word game? 

– What kind of a question is that, right?

Regardless of the reason, one thing is for sure: Below you’ll find an extensive list of foods that start with H, accompanied by lots of FUN FACTS. 


My Top Picks: 20 Foods That Start With H 

From ham to husk tomato, here are my favorite foods that start with H: 

1. Ham

I bet many of you enjoy eating ham for years, but you never asked yourself what it is made of. Basically, ham is cured hind leg of a pig. Curing is a process of salting and then letting the meat dry for some time. 

I don’t need to explain what pairs well with ham because I personally eat it with almost everything (except sweets). 

2. Hot dog

I’m a digital nomad, so I spent a great deal of time traveling or working in coffee shops. When I’m not in a coffee shop, you’ll see me on the street eating hot dogs alongside some crispy Kennebec fries

Okay, enough about me. Let’s talk about hot dogs. Did you know that hot dogs are allowed to be consumed as space food? The more you know! Here’s one more:

DID YOU KNOW? The current world’s longest hot dog was 218.7 meters in length. 

3. Hamburger

Hamburger has several origin stories and I certainly don’t have time or space to write all of them here. I’ll just focus on the one that sounds most reasonable to me:

The inspiration for inventing hamburgers came from the town of Hamburg (Germany) but actual hamburgers were invented someplace else.

On a good day, I can eat 2-3 hamburgers. Yup, that’s how much I’m in love with them. How many hamburgers can you eat in a day or week? 

4. Hash browns

The hash brown is a popular food that can be found in many breakfast cafes and restaurants. Given that I spent a great deal of time there, I would know for sure!  

If you aren’t familiar with hash browns, it is fried chopped potatoes. Yummy, right? 

5. Haddock

Okay, I promise I won’t say anything about myself in this paragraph, but I’ll solely focus on the almighty haddock! 

Haddock is a member of the cod family (haddock and cod are very similar types of fish) and is typically served as either a whole fish or fillets. It is one of the most popular fish which is served in British fish and chips. 

DID YOU KNOW? Haddock fish can grow up to around 1 m, and it can live for up to 20 years. 

6. Hummus

Raise your hand if you like eating hummus! I’ve raised two hands because I strongly believe that life without hummus would definitely be a boring one. 

Hummus can be eaten as a delicious spread or dip. When I’m watching my favorite TV shows, I eat it as a dip, of course. 

Here’s something funny. If my boyfriend doesn’t see me eating hummus during breakfast, he starts asking whether something is wrong with me. Enough said. 

7. Horseradish


When I’m not spreading hummus, I enjoy eating horseradish. If you have never tried this white root veggie, I feel obliged to inform you that it has a hot and bitter flavor. 

Certainly, horseradish is not suitable for every palate. Here’s something that might not interest you, but nevertheless I’ll still write it because I have no idea what else to say about this veggie: 

DID YOU KNOW? Horseradish’s scientific name is Armoracia rusticana

8. Honeydew melon

I’m sure you know what honeydew melon is and what it looks like. But what you might not know is that it’s rich in potassium, vitamin C, and a spectrum of B vitamins. 

It would be silly to eat honeydew melon just because they’re healthy, right? We eat them because they are juicy, refreshing, and as sweet as a morning coffee when nobody is interrupting you.

9. Hominy

For those of you who aren’t familiar with hominy, it is a type of corn that has been soaked in a lye solution and then dried. 

Hominy can be eaten as a side dish or as the main dish, and it can be prepared in many different ways, which is why is one of my favorite foods that start with H. Obviously. 

10. Haggis

WARNING! Those of who you who have a weak stomach, read the following sentences with caution. 

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt. 

What makes this dish stand out from the rest is the fact that these ingredients are traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and boiled for approximately three hours. 

I also have a weak stomach, so the only version of Haggis that I enjoy is when an artificial casing is used instead of an animal’s stomach. 

11. Hakka noodles

Hakka noodles are made of unleavened rice or wheat flour. The origins of this dish are not known, but it is believed that it came about after the Hakka people migrated to China. 

Hakka Noodles are eaten all over China, but they are most commonly found in Guangdong province and Fujian province in south-eastern China.

12. Hake

Hake is a type of fish that is popular throughout Europe. If you look for it in the stores, you won’t find it. Just kidding! You’ll find it in these versions: fresh, smoked, frozen, or salted. 

DID YOU KNOW? Hake is not just a fish but the name ‘hake’ also refers to an English and Nordic surname. It is believed that this name originated from the Old Norse word ‘haki’. According to Norse mythology, ‘Haki’, ‘Hake’, or ‘Haco’ stands for prominent Scandinavian sea-king.

13. Hubbard squash

Hubbard squash

The Hubbard squash is a type of winter squash that comes in various colors. I don’t like it just because of its multiple colors, but because this squash can be used in many recipes.

Hubbard squash tastes like a combination of pumpkin and sweet potato. Perhaps you’ve already heard about this squash only under a different name such as buttercup squash or green pumpkin.

14. Harissa

This spicy, red chili paste is popularly used in North African dishes. I like to add it to my stews, soups, pasta, you name it. When I’m out of Harissa, I use Sriracha sauce as a substitute for Harissa or I make Harissa sauce at home.

I use the following ingredients: red chili pepper, garlic, olive oil, cumin, coriander, and salt. I mix everything together and let it sit for a few hours before using it.

15. Hot sauce

HOT SAUCE! It is used as a condiment and seasoning for various types of food all over the world. (I wrote the name of this sauce in capital letters as a way of showing respect for its important role in cooking.)

There are plenty of different types of hot sauces, like Picante sauces for example. Each one of them has its own distinctive flavor, as well as different levels of spiciness. But do you know what’s one thing they all have in common?

It’s chili peppers.

16. Hollandaise sauce

There are 2 reasons why I’m so in love with Hollandaise sauce.

1. Because it’s rich, creamy, and buttery.  

2. It’s made only of three ingredients: butter, lemon juice, and egg yolks. 

I discovered the magic of this sauce when I was looking for a mayonnaise substitute. It’s easy to make and it’s even more delicious than regular mayonnaise. 

DID YOU KNOW? The reason why hollandaise sauce was created is to imitate a Dutch sauce during the visit of a king from the Netherlands. That’s how the sauce got its name.

17. Haricot beans

Haricot beans are commonly used in soups and stews, but they can also be eaten on their own as a side dish. Haricots are also used to make many different types of dishes, such as cassoulet, hummus, and falafel.

You probably know them under the name navy beans. Additionally, navy beans (haricot beans) are one of the best substitutes for black beans.

DID YOU KNOW? Navy beans were traditionally used by the US Navy as a staple food for sailors, hence the name “navy beans.”

18. Hoisin Sauce

Hoisin sauce is a popular Chinese condiment typically made by mixing soybeans, vinegar, fennel seeds, red chili, and garlic. The mixture was traditionally boiled and left to ferment for months before it was ready to be eaten.

It is one of the best substitutes for popular adobo sauce when you want to add some umami flavor to your dish.

DID YOU KNOW? The Chinese name ‘hoisin’ means ‘seafood’ which is kind of ironic because this sauce doesn’t contain any seafood. However, perhaps the earlier versions were made by adding seafood for enhanced, umami flavor. 

19. Hotpot

Hotpot is one of my favorite foods because I like the homie vibe that it provides. If you’ve never tried it before, I’ll explain what hotpot is below.

Hotpot is a traditional Chinese flavorful broth that is placed at the center of the dining table. The hotpot is kept simmering on a stove and ingredients are dipped into the pot and cooked at the table.

The hotpot has been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until recently that it became popular in other parts of Asia and North America. 

20. Husk tomato

What is husk tomato? It is a ground cherry that is wrapped in a light brown papery husk. What does it taste like? It tastes like a combination of vanilla and pineapple. 

I regularly use husk tomatoes for my sauces and soups (especially when I’m expecting guests to come). Note that these tomatoes aren’t easily found in regular grocery stores but you’ll have to look for them at farmer’s markets or specialty stores.

40 More Foods That Start With H


Believed it or not, I got tired of talking about my favorite food, so I’ll just list the rest of the food below without explaining them in detail (I hope you’ll forgive me): 

1. Hog plum

2. Habanero pepper

3. Honey

4. Honeycrisp apples

5. Herring

6. Hare

7. Hors d’oeuvres

8. Hokkaido squash

9. Hot & sour soup

10. Halva

11. Hazelnut

12. Huckleberries

13. Heart cherry

14. Honey nut

15. Hushpuppy

16. Hotcakes

17. Hamantaschen 

18. Halloumi cheese

19. Hasty pudding

20. Haystacks

21. Homefries

22. Hot chocolate

23. Hero sandwich

24. Hamburger helper

25. Hamburger pie

26. Hiramasa king fish

27. Honeysuckle

28. Hard-boiled egg

29. Havarti

30. Hibachi chicken

31. Hibachi steak

32. Hokkaido squash

33. Hokkien noodles

34. Honeycomb

35. Hot cross buns

36. Hunan beef

37. Hutspot

38. Huevos

39. Hunan chicken

40. Halibut

What’s Your Favorite Food That Starts With H? 

Learning plenty of fun facts and beating that word game has never been easier with this list of foods that start with H. Am I right? 

You can thank me later, dear reader, because right now I’ll be busy eating hummus. 

60 Foods That Start With H (From Ham To Halibut!)