Have you ever wondered about gray foods? We definitely have.
Gray may not be the most eye-catching color, but there are actually quite a few delicious gray foods. Don’t be afraid to take a bite and find out how great gray food can be!
Once you start searching, you will find gray foods everywhere. You probably never realized how many gray foods there are!
From gray fruits and vegetables to gray dessert, we have found them all!
Foods that are Gray
We searched and searched to find these 25 different gray foods. We know that quite a few of the gray-colored foods on this list will surprise you!
1. Gray Owl Cheese
Gray owl cheese is a surface-ripened goat’s milk cheese. It is made in Canada and has a soft exterior coating of vegetable ash that makes a wrinkly, slate-colored rind.
Gray owl cheese has a sharp taste with a creamy yet crumbly texture. It readily melts in your mouth and has a strong, salty flavor.
2. Gray Salt
Gray salt, also known as sel gris, is a sea salt that is rich in minerals and collected only from France’s Atlantic coast. The French salt is harvested in a salt pan and then hand raked, a process that turns the gray salt its signature grayish color.
Gray Celtic sea salt is said to help restore electrolyte balance and may even prevent muscle cramping. This is no ordinary table salt!
3. Gray Trich Mushroom
The gray trich mushroom is just one of the many gray edible mushrooms you can find on our list. It is often called charbonnier and is found in North America and Europe.
The caps of the mushrooms are gray, while the stem and underside are white. It still deserves a place on our list of gray foods!
Use gray trich mushrooms to make mushroom salads, add them to sauteed veggies or just eat them as a cooked side dish. They go great with other foods.
4. Earl Gray Tea Leaves
Earl gray tea is one of the most popular types of black tea in the world. It has the flavor of orange, grapefruit, and a touch of lime.
The tea is named after Earl Charles Grey of England, who helped abolish slavery during his term as Prime Minister. The tea is made from black tea, which can have a slightly greyish hue when dried.
5. Black Sesame Ice Cream
Black sesame ice cream is a deep gray color and has an irresistible flavor. Sesame seeds are toasted and mixed with a basic ice cream base.
The sweet taste of the ice cream goes well with the nutty flavor of the sesame seeds. The gray color comes from the toasted, black sesame seeds that are mixed with the pale ice cream base.
Sesame ice cream is a great example of sweet and savory food. It is unique enough to wow any food connoisseur and gray enough to be one of our favorite gray foods.
6. Earl Gray Macarons
Earl gray macarons are made with earl gray tea. While the macaroons are not naturally gray, they are often dyed gray using a drop of black food coloring, making the color mimic the flavor.
Try dusting your early gray macarons with some edible silver shimmer to give them even more visual appeal.
Macarons are best when eaten fresh, so the crispy outside shell stays crunchy. You can make macarons in advance and store them in an airtight container if needed.
7. Gray Oysters
Gray oysters are a type of shellfish known as mollusks. Oysters have two gray shells that are connected by a back hinge. The oyster inside is also gray and quite delicious.
Oysters are best served chilled with a touch of black sea salt, lemon juice, or even cocktail sauce. Oysters have been shown to have medicinal properties as well as be a natural aphrodisiac.
Be sure to only eat fresh oysters. They should be alive before opening and eating or right before they are cooked.
8. Gray Hubbard Squash
Hubbard squash is a medium-sized winter squash with a hard, bumpy, gray-colored skin. It is often used in soups or stews, but only the flesh of the gray Hubbard squash is edible.
Hubbard squash has a sweet taste that is delicious as a fall-themed side dish for fish or chicken. It is delicious when roasted with a touch of salt and served warm.
While the squash is sometimes orange or yellow, we prefer the bluish-gray version. It is definitely one of our favorite gray vegetable ideas!
9. Mushroom Soup
Mushroom soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods on our list. It will keep you from worrying about your gray hair and let you focus on enjoying gray foods!
Mushroom soup is made with various types of mushrooms, cream, and spices. It can be pureed to be very smooth or left chunky with pieces of mushrooms in the mix.
Mushroom soups have lots of health benefits and are high in vitamin B and D. Use skim milk to make your mushroom soup, and it may even help you lose weight! We love good gray food that also has nutritional benefits.
10. Gray Cake Pops
Cake pops can be made in any color. The chocolate coating on the outside of the pops can be dyed to match your party’s theme. That includes gray!
Gray cake pops may be the tastiest gray food on our list. They come in all different flavors but can still be made gray by using a gray chocolate coating on the outside.
They may be a little different than natural fruits and vegetables that are gray, but they definitely still count!
11. Yellow Dragon Fruit
Yellow dragon fruit is also called pitaya. It has a bright yellow peel that reveals a greyish flesh with dark black seeds.
Yellow dragon fruit is a type of climbing cactus species that only blooms for one night a year. These rare gray fruits have a slightly sweet, earthy taste that is quite delicious.
There are other types of dragon fruits as well. Pink dragon fruit is another very common color that also has a greyish hue. Pink dragon fruit has a brighter white flesh that isn’t quite as gray as yellow dragon fruit. It does still have those black seeds, though!
12. Fresh Truffles
Fresh truffles are rare gray foods with an earthy, nutty, mushroom-like flavor. Truffles can be found growing by tree roots deep in damp forests.
Truffles have a long-documented history of being a luxurious food. You may not easily find them in nearby stores, but they are worth the search.
Speaking of search, traditional harvesting methods include using pigs or dogs to sniff out the location of the truffles. This is quite the unique way of finding foods and not the typical way we get our fruits and vegetables today!
You may start to grow gray hair just trying to find truffles on your own.
Fresh truffles are one of the most expensive foods in the world. No one can resist their captivating aroma and unique taste!
13. Gray Wedding Cake
If you have a gray-themed wedding, you need a gray wedding cake! Gray cakes are quite trendy and perfect for our list of gray foods.
The outside frosting on a wedding cake is typically what is dyed light gray. Any shade of gray is possible. You simply need to add more food coloring.
While a gray cake may not have the health benefits of a gray fruit or vegetable, it still deserves a place on our gray foods list! It can be quite gray.
14. Charleston Gray Melon
Charleston melons are long, oblong melon that has a greenish-gray rind. They are often used to make watermelon rind pickles which means you can actually eat the gray part!
Charleston gray melon can grow between 20 and 40 pounds and are sweet and juicy and has lots of antioxidant properties. They may be our favorite gray fruit of all!
15. Baobab fruit
Baobab fruit is also known as monkey bread. It looks like a small gray coconut and is commonly used as a natural source of water and food.
Once ripe, the inside of the baobab fruit becomes dry and powdery but will melt in your mouth. It tastes like a mix of caramel, citrus, and pears.
16. Alpine Cheese
Alpine cheese is a term that describes any cheese that is made in the Alps mountain region. Many of these cheeses are semi-firm or hard cow’s milk cheese.
They are often made using open-air drying, which can give them a gray-colored rind and pungent aroma.
There are many different kinds of alpine cheeses, so you are sure to find one that you like. Don’t be turned off by the gray color. As you may have discovered by now, gray can be quite delicious!
17. Yellow Grapefruits
Yellow grapefruits have a bright yellow rind and bright yellow, white flesh, but the fruit’s core is a light gray. They have a very sour taste but are packed with health benefits and antioxidants.
Remove the peel of the grapefruit and cut it into segments. The entire center of the grapefruit is edible, including the gray core. However, you may want to remove the core as it can taste quite bitter.
18. Oyster Mushroom
Oyster mushrooms are one of the most common mushrooms in the world. Thanks to the soft texture, they cook quickly and have a strong, earthy taste that many people love.
Oyster mushrooms will take on the flavor of anything they are cooked with. Toss them with just a little garlic and olive oil to really bring out their flavor.
Oyster mushrooms get their name from the oyster-shaped cap. Both the cap and stem are edible with a slightly moist texture. We sure do love gray edible mushrooms!
19. Wood Apple
Gray fruits can be hard to find, but wood apples are one of the best gray fruits we have found!
Wood apples can be found in India and other parts of Southern Asia. The small fruits are quite hard with a gray exterior and a brownish pulp.
A ripe wood apple will have a sour taste with a slight touch of sweetness. They are typically cooked with lots of spices and sugars to make them more appetizing.
20. Dried Fish
Whole dried fish is very common in Asian cuisine. Fish is preserved with salt and then left to dry until hard.
Dried fish is equally healthy as fresh fish but will last years when stored properly. They can be rehydrated and cooked just as you would use fresh seafood.
21. Milk Chocolate Gems
Milk chocolate gems are small candies that are made with chocolate and a hard candy shell. The candy shell is often a gray color making this tasty treat perfect for our list of gray foods.
Milk chocolate gems do come in a whole range of colors. If you are having a gray-themed party or just trying to eat lots of gray foods, these gems are for you!
22. Gray Anchovies
Gray anchovies can be eaten fresh or preserved and canned. The small fish live in marine water and are one of the most commonly caught fish in the world.
Gray anchovies are very oily and have fork-like tails. They are often used as a garnish for foods or blended to make salad dressing.
23. Salted Plums
Salted plums are made from dried prunes that are cured with a salty, sugary licorice-flavored mix. The dried plums are quite popular in Japan and known as umeboshi.
Salted plums have a gray color and a fishy, salty flavor. Dried plums can be an acquired taste, but many people adore them, which means they are worth a try!
24. Appenzeller Cheese
Appenzeller cheese is a Swiss specialty cheese that is produced by hand. The cheese has gray vertical stripes and a delicious, pungent taste.
This tasty gray cheese is made with skim milk and is brine-cured for at least one year. It is often made with pepper, giving it a slightly spicy flavor.
25. Baba Ganoush
Baba ganoush is a type of eggplant dip. It is made by roasting eggplant and then blending it with a mix of tahini, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and garlic.
The eggplant dip turns a gray color as it sits and is oxidized. This makes it delicious gray food and a gray vegetable that you have to try!
Incredible Gray Colored Foods You Must Try
There are so many interesting gray foods that you should try. From edible mushrooms to gray fruits like dragon fruits, you should really try everything on our list!
Let us know which gray fruits and vegetables are your favorites! Enjoy!