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Types of Food: List of Food & Drinks in English

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Types of Food! In this lesson, you will learn list of food and drinks in English with ESL pictures to expand your vocabulary.

Types of Food

There are many types of food such as meat, poultry & sea food, fast food, fruits, vegetables, …

Learn Food Vocabulary in English – “Food & Drinks” Vocabulary

Fast Food

Fast food is a mass-produced food that is prepared and served very quickly. The food is typically less nutritionally valuable compared to other foods and dishes.

Fast food includes: 

  • Fish and chips
  • Sandwich
  • Pita
  • Hamburger
  • Fried chicken
  • French fries
  • Onion ring
  • Chicken nugget
  • Taco
  • Pizza
  • Hot dog
  • Ice cream
  • Salad


Bread is a staple food prepared from a dough of flour and water, usually by baking. There are many different types of bread:

Different types of breads in English:

  • White bread
  • Wheat bread
  • Whole grain bread
  • Rye bread
  • Hot dog bun
  • Hamburger bun
  • Croissant
  • Swiss roll (U.K) – Jelly roll (U.S)
  • Pretzel
  • Bagels
  • Donut
  • Rolls
  • Breadsticks
  • French bread/ baguette


Fruits are the means by which angiosperms disseminate seeds. Humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food.

This is list of fruits(fruits idioms) in English:

  • Apple
  • Watermelon
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Cherry
  • Strawberry
  • Nectarine
  • Grape
  • Mango
  • Blueberry
  • Pomegranate
  • Carambola(U.K) – starfruit (U.S)
  • Plum
  • Banana
  • Raspberry
  • Mandarin
  • Jackfruit
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Apricot


In everyday usage, a vegetable is any part of a plant that is consumed by humans as food as part of a meal. It normally excludes other food derived from plants such as fruits, nuts, and cereal grains.

List of Vegetables Vocabulary in English:

  • Corn
  • Mushroom
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper/red bell pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato
  • Swede/rutabaga (U.S.)
  • Carrot
  • Brussels sprout
  • Pumpkin
  • Cabbage
  • Potato
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet potato
  • Turnip
  • Courgette (U.K.)/zucchini (U.S.)
  • Green chilli
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Radish

Herbs & Spices

Herbs refers to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), they are used for food, flavoring, medicine, or fragrances for their savory or aromatic properties.

spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark, or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food.

Let’s learn names of Herbs and Spices!

  • Cilantro/coriander
  • Artichoke
  • Rosemary
  • Bay leaves
  • Mint leaves
  • Basil
  • Clove
  • Olive
  • Shallot
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Spring onions/green onions

Learn Food Vocabulary in English – “Food & Drinks” Vocabulary

Types of Meals

There are three main meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Breakfast is the first meal of a day, most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day’s work.

Breakfast menus to exist in most places, but the composition of this varies widely from place to place, and has varied over time, so that globally a very wide range of preparations and ingredients are now associated with breakfast.


Dinner usually refers to the most significant and important meal of the day, which can be the noon or the evening meal. However, the term “dinner” can have many different meanings depending on the culture; it may mean a meal of any size eaten at any time of the day.

Drinks and Beverages

Drinks or beverages are liquids intended for human consumption. Beverages consist of different kinds of drinks that other than water, such as:

  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Lemonade
  • Iced tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Juice
  • Milkshake
  • Water
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Beer
  • Soda





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