List of Plant-Based Foods That Start With X, Y, And Z

List Of Foods That Start With X:

Xanthones – they are contained in the mangosteen fruit. The people of Southeast Asia use this fruit for medicinal purposes, mainly to treat ulcers, diarrhea, inflammation as well as to heal wounds.

Xigua – is the Chinese name for watermelon. Along with honeydew and cantaloupe, watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. This fruit is an excellent source of carotenoids, including lycopene and beta-carotene.

Besides, it is one of the best sources of citrulline, an important amino acid. Moreover, watermelons are packed with both potassium and calcium, two essential minerals that contribute to helping remove the toxins in the kidneys.

Ximenia – it is an orange shaped fruit which tastes similar with almonds. Ximenia is a good source of vitamin E, vitamin C, phosphorus, starches, carbs, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and protein. Additionally, this fruit is an incredible source of dietary fiber, which manages bowel movements by bulking up stools.

Xingzi – is the Chinese name for apricot (botanical name – Prunus armeciaca), the yellowish-orange fruit which belongs to the family of Rosacea. This fruit was originally cultivated in China, till the Persians discovered it. It can be consumed fresh and may be a healthy addition to any salad.

Moreover, apricot is a remarkable fruit for maintaining heart health due to its high content of vitamin C. Many studies have concluded that people who consume foods rich in vitamin C are less susceptible to heart diseases.

Xacuti – it is a curry, traditionally prepared in Goa, India, with a precise spicing technique, including white poppy seeds, grated or sliced coconut and large dried red chilies.

Xinomavro Grapes – they are commonly grown in the central Greek Macedonian areas of Goumenissa, Naoussa, and Amyndeo. The fruit itself is a finicky grape to grow because it doesn’t like arid conditions and is also susceptible to a few fungal diseases.

Xoconostle – it is a sour fruit from the Nopal cactus. Xoconostle is native to Mexico, where it is frequently used to make salsa because of its sour taste. This unusual fruit is relatively rare in the US; therefore, you are not likely to found it in the average supermarket.

Xylitol – it is a sweetener produced from the bark of the birch tree. Xylitol gives many sugar-free foods their sweet taste. In addition, it is used in pharmaceuticals, like – throat drops, chewable vitamins, some prescription medicines, and throat sprays.

Xanthan Gum – it is a type of sugar called a polysaccharide. Xanthan gum is added to various commercially prepared baked goods to sweeten the foods.

Xanthan Gum
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Note – it may be derived from a variety of source products, like – corn, dairy, wheat, or soy. Therefore, it is possible to obtain vegan-friendly xanthan gum; nevertheless, it is a good idea not to assume that all xanthan gum is vegan-friendly.


Yams – they belong to the Dioscoreae family and have a cylindrical shape with purple, white, or reddish flesh and brown or blackish, bark-like skin.

Yuca – it is the root of the Cassava plant. Its name can be confusing due to its similarity to the southeastern US desert plant native called the yucca.

Yellow Peppers – they have a sweet taste, and they pair well with many other vegetables. Yellow peppers are available at most supermarkets year-round, which makes it quite easy for you to add them to your regular diet.

Yellow Lentils – because they are similar to red split lentils, yellow lentils are used in a similar method and are excellent for adding color to winter dishes. Also, they have many nutritional benefits.

Yellow Lentils

Yardlong Bean – it is also known as Chinese snake beans and is closely related to black-eyed peas because the yardlong bean is part of a subspecies of cowpeas (that are also referred to as “Southern peas” or “field peas”).

Yuzu – it is a fruit which has a similar smell with the lime and tastes like a combination of a mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit. Fresh yuzu can be hard to find in most stores since most fruits are grown overseas and are not usually imported.

Yautia (tannier) – it is a tuber which can be used just like a regular potato.

Yam Bean – it is also known as jicama and is a round, fleshy vegetable from the bean family plants. Yam bean is commonly eaten fresh in salads or grounded into flour for use in desserts and cakes.


Zest – it is the outside, colored layers of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. Zest is commonly used to add flavor to different sweets and pastries, including cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, biscuits, confectionery, chocolate, and candy.

Zucchini – it is a summer squash that can reach nearly 1m in length. It grows best in warm, frost-free weather, and thrives in fertile, moisture-rich soil. Zucchini contains substantial quantities of folate (vitamin B9), potassium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), all of which are essential for good health. In addition, this vegetable has a high content of carbohydrates, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.


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