Yellow is the color of sunshine and happiness, so it’s no wonder that yellow foods are often associated with feelings of joy and positivity. From vibrant citrus fruits to flavorful spices, there are plenty of delicious yellow foods to enjoy.
This list gives you not ten or twenty but 41 different foods that are yellow in color to enjoy from!
What Makes Food Yellow?
Foods that are naturally yellow in color typically contain high levels of carotenoids(found in yellow sweet potatoes), xanthophylls(found in egg yolks), and Zeaxanthin(found in Corn and Yellow peppers). These pigments are responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their natural yellow color.
Some foods are yellow because they contain artificial or natural yellow colors that are added to them during processing.
41 Foods That Are Yellow
Grown in more than 107 countries, bananas are one of the most popular yellow-colored foods. Also known as the “fruit of the wise men”, bananas are a good source of dietary potassium, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and Vitamin B6.
The best way to eat bananas is to simply peel and eat them raw. They can also be sliced and added to cereal or oatmeal, or used in baking though baking can change their flavor and texture.
Do you know: Bananas are not actually classified as a true fruit – they are considered an herb distantly related to ginger.
About the size of an egg, lemons are a sour citrus fruit with a thin, yellow skin and a tart, acidic taste. Its acidic taste comes due to the high concentration of citric acid in it.
Lemons are used to add flavor to food and can also be used as a natural cleaning agent.
Do you know: Lemons were once a luxury and highly prized fruit in Rome.
3. Asian Pears
Also known as Nashi pears or Japanese pears, Asian pears are grown typically in East Asia.
They are round or oblong in shape, with smooth, brownish-yellow skin. The flesh of Asian pears is crisp and white, with a sweet, slightly sour flavor. Asian pears are best eaten fresh, but can also be used in salads, stir-fries, and other dishes.
Asian pears are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, and copper. They also contain a compound called pectin, which has been shown to have various health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Do you Know: Asian pears are actually a type of apple?
4. Yellow Passion Fruit
Native to Brazil, Yellow passion fruit is a tropical fruit that is yellow in color with a sweet and tangy flavor. It is best eaten fresh and is often used to make juice, jams, desserts, and ice cream.
5. Yellow Bell Pepper
Yellow bell peppers are not as rare as some other colors, but that doesn’t make them bland. These peppers are just as sweet and crunchy as the others and are a great addition to any dish.
Yellow bell peppers can be eaten raw, cooked, or roasted. When used raw, they add a crunchy texture and sweetness to salads. They can also be diced and used as a garnish on soup or grilled dishes. When cooked, yellow bell peppers become sweeter and more tender. They are often used in stir-fries, pasta dishes, and omelets.
Roasting yellow bell peppers brings out their natural sweetness and makes them ideal for use in sandwiches and pizzas.
Many people know semolina as the main ingredient in pasta, but it is also used in other dishes. It is a coarse, granular flour made from durum wheat with a yellowish color and a nutty flavor.
The texture of semolina is slightly grainy, and it is often used in pasta, bread, and cereals. Semolina is also used to make couscous.
Make your day a bit more yellow with some mellow yellow butter which is a type of fat derived from milk. It is solid at room temperature and has a creamy texture. Butter is used in many recipes because it adds flavor and texture to dishes.
There are different types of butter, including salted and unsalted butter (also known as sweet butter).
8. Yellow Cauliflower
Yellow cauliflower is a variety of cauliflower that gets its name from its vibrant yellow color. This type of cauliflower has a slightly sweeter taste and softer texture than white cauliflower. When cooked, yellow cauliflower will hold its shape well, making it a good choice for dishes like cauliflower rice and mashed cauliflower.
Eating yellow cauliflower is a great way to add color and nutrition to your diet. Try it roasted, steamed, mashed, or in place of rice or potatoes in your favorite recipes.
Made from milk, cheese is a staple for many and comes in many different flavors, textures, and colors. Yellow cheese is usually cheddar or American cheese, which tastes great with burgers, pizzas, or mac and cheese.
10. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea
Teatime calls for some yellow feels, and what better than the Chrysanthemum flower tea. Chrysanthemum flower tea has a sweet and floral taste and is rich in antioxidants, making it great for stress relief as well.
Do you know: Chrysanthemum Flower Tea has been consumed in China for over 3000 years.
11. Golden Beets
Characterized by their deep yellow or golden color, Golden beets are a type of beetroot with a sweet, earthy flavor and a tender, crunchy texture. Golden beets can be eaten raw, cooked, or pickled and are often used in salads, soups, and stews.
12. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a type of vegetable oil that is extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree, and can range from greenish to yellow in color depending on the olives used. It is usually lighter in color and flavor than other types of olive oil and is often used in salad dressings and other light dishes.
When shopping for yellow olive oil, look for bottles that are labeled “virgin” or “extra virgin.” These terms indicate that the oil has been made from pure, cold-pressed olives and has not been exposed to any chemicals or other processing methods.
Corn is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed in many different ways. There are many different types of corn, ranging in color from yellow to white to red, and each with its own unique flavor.
The best way to enjoy corn is to cook it in a variety of different dishes, such as corn on the cob, roasted corn, or in a soup or stew.
Talking about corn reminded us of one of the most popular breakfast cereals, cornflakes. They are made from flattened, toasted corn kernels and are typically eaten with milk and sugar. They have a crisp, flaky texture and a mild, sweet flavor.
They are typically light golden or yellow in color, but can also be found in other colors like white or brown.
Popular in Southeast Asia, Durian is a tropical fruit known for its strong, pungent smell and sharp taste. Also known as the ‘king of fruits’, the durian is a large and round fruit with a thick, spiky outer shell and creamy yellow flesh.
Durian is often eaten fresh, but it can also be used in cooked dishes, such as curries and stews.
16. Egg Yolk
Encased in a thin membrane, Egg yolk is the yellowish center of an egg that contains all the fat and cholesterol in an egg. They are a good source of protein, and omega-3 fatty acids and are best eaten cooked.
Commonly known as canistel, Eggfruit is a tropical fruit that resembles a cross between an avocado and a mango. It has creamy, custard-like flesh with a small seed in the center and its skin can range in color from yellow to brown.
Eggfruit is often eaten raw, and its flavor has been described as a cross between a mango and a pineapple. Some people say that eggfruit is at its best when it is slightly underripe.
18. Golden Zucchini
Golden zucchini is a type of summer squash that has a sweet, delicate flavor and are perfect for eating raw in salads or as a healthy snack. There are two main types of golden zucchini – Crookneck, and Straightneck. Both have a similar taste and texture, but the Crookneck variety has a curved neck, while the Straightneck has, as its name suggests, a straight neck.
When choosing golden zucchini, look for ones that are firm and have a bright, even yellow color. Avoid the ones that are soft or have blemishes.
19. French Fries
Who doesn’t love having some french fries while watching a movie on a Sunday night? Made from potatoes, French fries are one of the most popular types of food in the world. Usually golden yellow in color, French fries are typically best eaten hot and fresh out of the fryer and are served as a side dish with burgers and sandwiches.
Do you know: French fries were first created in Belgium in the 17th century.
Ginger is a spicy and fragrant root that is used in many cuisines around the world either fresh, dried, or in powdered form. It has a strong, pungent flavor that is often used to add flavor and heat to dishes. It is most commonly used in Asian dishes such as stir-fries and soups and Indian curries.
Other than that, ginger is also used to make ginger ale and other ginger-flavored drinks.
But, but… ginger looks brown in color, it should be on the list of brown-colored foods, no? Well, ginger is indeed brown from the outside but its flesh is light yellow. So, it makes sense to include it on this list as well.
21. Cheese Puffs
When it comes to yellow snacks, nothing can beat cheese puffs. Made from cornmeal and cheese, cheese puffs are often flavored with salt, onion, or garlic and can be eaten plain or with dipping sauces.
A natural sweetener made by bees, honey has a distinctively sweet taste and is used in many dishes and desserts. Natural honey varied from nearly colorless to brown but after processing its color changes to dark yellow.
Loved for its sweet, juicy flavor pineapple is a tropical fruit with flesh that is typically yellow in color but can also be pink or white in color. The exterior of pineapple is covered in tough, green skin that is sometimes prickly to the touch.
Pineapples are best eaten fresh, although they can be canned or juiced as well. When choosing a pineapple, look for one that is firm and has a sweet smell. Avoid the ones that are soft or have brown spots.
Do you know: Pineapples are actually a type of berry.
Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of the mustard plant. It comes in many different flavors and is often used as a sandwich spread or in salads because of its spicy flavor.
A Dutch alcoholic beverage that is made from eggs, cream, and brandy, advocaat is thick and has a custard-like texture. Advocaat is best served chilled and can be served on its own as a dessert or after-dinner drink, and is also used in many traditional Dutch dishes.
There are many different types of advocaat, but the most common is made with Dutch brandy and has a sweet, creamy flavor.
Do you know: It was once used as a medicine for colds and flu.
Native to India, Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne food in the world and can weigh up to 100 pounds. This spikey fruit has yellow starchy flesh and edible seeds and pods with a distinctly sweet flavor. It’s commonly used as a substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes.
Do you know: Jackfruit is the national fruit of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Also known as carambola, starfruit is a tropical fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. Starfruit is yellow or green in color and has a crisp and juicy flesh with a sweet-tart flavor making it a great garnish for dishes and salads.
Starfruit is best eaten fresh, but it can also be used in juices, smoothies, and desserts.
Do you know: There are over 60 different varieties of starfruits.
Longan tastes as unique as its name sounds. It’s a small, spherical fruit that has a thin brownish-yellow shell with juicy white flesh and black seeds inside. Its taste has been described as a cross between a grape and a pear and is sweet and slightly floral.
Longan is often eaten fresh, but can also be dried, canned, or made into juices or syrup.
Do you know: Longan is sometimes called the “dragon eye” fruit because of its appearance.
Chanterelles are a type of edible mushroom that is popular in many cuisines. They have a distinctive appearance, with their deeply ridged caps and yellow-orange color. Chanterelles have a slightly fruity taste and a firm texture and are often eaten raw, cooked, or pickled.
Do you know: Chanterelles are sometimes called the “queen of mushrooms.”
Mango is a universal favorite fruit, and there’s no denying that this yellow food is as healthy as is tasty. They come in many varieties and have sweet, juicy flesh with a slightly fibrous texture and a thin skin that can be either yellow, green, or red in color.
There are many different types of mangoes, but some of the most popular include Alphonso, Kesar, and Rajapuri. Mangoes are best eaten when they are ripe and slightly soft to the touch.
No, these loquats are not related to the fruit we know as kiwis. These are small, oval-shaped fruits that have a yellow or orange color. They have a sour taste and are often used in jams and jellies.
32. Mirabelle Plum
Mirabelle plum is a type of plum that is small and yellow in color, unlike the red or blue plums that we are more familiar with. It is best known for its sweet flavor and is often used in pies and tarts.
33. Yukon Gold Potatoes
The Yukon gold potato is one of the most versatile types of potatoes that is prized for its golden-yellow color and buttery flavor. They have a creamy texture that makes them perfect for mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, and even baked potatoes.
One of the best things about Yukon gold potatoes is that they are relatively easy to find and are affordably priced.
Do you know: Yukon gold potatoes get their name from the Yukon region in Canada, where they were first discovered.
34. Yellow Swiss Chard
Native to the Mediterranean region, yellow Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable with light green leaves, and yellow stems and has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a crunchy texture. It is a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes and is often used as a substitute for spinach in recipes.
Do you know: The leaves of Swiss chard are a rich source of beta-carotene.
36. Yellow Apples (Golden Delicious)
Polenta is a type of cornmeal that is popular in Italian cuisine. It is quite versatile, but the best way to have it is to boil it and serve as a side dish or use it as a base for toppings like cheese or vegetables.
38. Peter’s Honey Fig
A type of fig that is native to Turkey, Peter’s honey fig gets its name from its sweet honey-like flavor. It is a popular ingredient used mainly in desserts and pastries. This fruit is high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, antioxidants, and vitamins B and K.
Rutabaga is a root vegetable that is similar to turnips. It has a yellow color and a sweet, nutty flavor. Rutabagas are often roasted or mashed and served as a side dish.
40. Turkish Delight
A popular candy in Turkey, Turkish Delight is made from starch, sugar, gelatine, and various flavorings. It is often dusted with powdered sugar and has a chewy texture, perfect for people with sweet tooth.
41. Yellow Rice
Yellow rice is another name for saffron rice. This type of rice is flavored with saffron, which gives it a yellow color and a distinct flavor. It is often served as a side dish or used in stuffing for poultry.
These were some of the yellow foods we have listed in our ‘to-try’ list. The variety is expansive, from fruits to desserts; there’s something to suit every taste and mood!
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