Food Family List

Below you will find a list of food family groups broken into three parts:
1. The Plant Kingdom
2. The Animal Kingdom
3. Exotic Food Taxonomy

I was given these very important and very helpful dietary taxonomy lists by an incredibly smart allergist/immunologist to assist in my rotating foods in order to avoid becoming sensitive to those foods I do tolerate as I have many food allergies. By rotating foods (eating a food once every few days or longer if possible as opposed to every day) you lessen the likelihood of your becoming sensitive to that specific food, and thus, losing it from your diet. The dietary taxonomy below will also help you identify those foods that are in the same food family. If you know you are allergic to one item in a food family, you may be allergic to more foods in that family or even the entire food family. However, many people have an allergy to only that one specific food, or they may be able to eat some members of the food family and not others. Then there are those who are allergic to the entire food family. You need to try each member of a family one week apart to see whether allergic symptoms develop – an immediate or delayed reaction can occur. Any change in how you feel physically or mentally may be from the food you tested. Another thing to be aware of is, if you are sensitive to a particular food, you may tolerate it by eating it in a form that you are not accustomed to. For example, if you are sensitive to pears and you recall that you have always eaten pears uncooked, you should test cooked pears as you may tolerate the pear in its cooked as opposed to uncooked form.

The Plant Kingdom

1. Mushrooms
2. Grass Family
a) bamboo
b) barley
c) wheat
d) rye
e) oats
f) rice
g) millet
h) sugar cane
i) sorghum
j) corn
3. Chinese Water Chestnuts
4. Palm Family
a) coconut
b) sago
c) date
5. taro, poi
6. Pineapple
7. Garlic Family
a) garlic
b) onion
c) leek
d) chives
e) asparagus
8. sarsaparilla
9. Banana
10. Ginger Family
a) ginger
b) turmeric
11. Arrowroot
12. Vanilla
13. black pepper
14. Walnut Family
a) walnut
b) pecan
c) hickory
15. Beechnut Family
a) beechnut
b) chestnut
16. Mulberry Fruit
a) mulberry
b) fig
c) breadfruit
17. Macadamia nut
18. Buckwheat Family
a) buckwheat
b) rhubarb
19. Spinach Family
a) spinach
b) swiss chard
c) common beet
d) sugar beet
20. pawpaw
21. Nutmeg Family
a) nutmeg
b) mace
22. Avocado Family
a) avocado
b) cinnamon
c) sassafras
23. Cabbage Family
a) cabbage
b) Brussel sprouts
c) broccoli
d) cauliflower
e) kale
f) collards
g) kohlrabi
h) mustard (all varieties)
i) turnip
j) rutabaga
24. Strawberry Family
a) strawberry
b) rasberry
c) blackberry
25. Apple Family
a) apple
b) pear
26. Plum Family
a) plum (incl. prune)
b) peach
c) apricot
d) almond
e) cherry
27. Gooseberry Family
a) gooseberry
b) currant
28. gum acacia
29. Peanut Family
a) peanut
b) pea (all varieties)
c) beans (all varieties)
d) lentils
e) licorice
f) gum tragacanth
30. Citrus Family
a) orange
b) grapefruit
c) lemon
d) lime
e) tangerine
f) citron
g) kumquat
31. tapioca
32. litchi nut
33. Cashew Family
34. maple sugar
35. grapes (all varieties)
36. Okra Family
a) okra
b) cottonseed
37. Chocolate Family
a) chocolate
b) cola
c) gum karaya
38. tea
39. papaya
40. Guava Family
a) guava
b) allspice
c) clove
41. Carrot Family
a) carrot
b) celery
c) parsnip
d) parsley
e) dill
f) fennel
g) anise
h) caraway
i) angelica
42. Ginseng
43. Blueberry Family
a) blueberry
b) cranberry
c) wintergreen
44. Persimmon
45. Chicle
46. Tomato Family
a) tomato
b) potato
c) eggplant
d) tobacco
47. Peppermint Family
a) peppermint
b) spearmint
c) horse mint
d) water mint
e) basil
f) lavender oil
g) rosemary
h) marjoram
i) sage
j) horehound
k) savory
l) thyme
m) Chinese artichoke
48. Sweet Potato
49. Coffee
50. Elderberry
51. Melon Family
a) melon (all varieties)
b) pumpkin
c) squash
d) cucumber
e) pickle
52. Lettuce Family
a) lettuce
b) endive
c) chicory
d) common artichoke
e) Jerusalem artichoke
f) sunflower
g) dandelion
h) cahmomile
i) goldenrod
j) safflower

The Animal Kingdom

1. Mollusks
A) Subfamily: Pelecypods:
a) clam
b) oyster
c) mussel
d) scallop
e) cockle
B) Subfamily: Gastropods:
a) snail
b) conch
c) abalone
C) Subfamily: Cephalopods:
a) squid
b) octopus
2. Crustacea
a) shrimp
b) lobster
c) crayfish
d) crab
3. Fish
4. Amphibia
5. Reptiles
a) turtle
b) snake
c) alligator
6. Birds
a) duck
b) goose
c) grouse
d) prairie chicken
e) quail
f) peafowl
g) domestic pheasant
h) domestic chicken
i) guinea fowl
j) turkey
k) pidgeon
7. Mammals
a) opossum
b) rabbit
c) domestic guinea pig
d) muskrat
e) squirl
f) woodchuck
g) prairie dog
h) beaver
i) whale
j) dolphin
k) porpoise
l) wolf
m) bear
n) raccoon
o) lion
p) tiger
q) sea lion
r) walrus
s) seal
t) elephant
u) horse
v) pig
q) hippopotamus
x) camel
y) llama
z) deet
aa) elk
bb) moose
cc) caribou and reindeer
dd) giaraffe
ee) antelope
ff) domestic cattle
gg) bison
hh) water buffalo
ii) African buffalo
jj) sheep
kk) goat

Exotic Food Taxonomy

1. Pine nut
2. Grass Family
a) bamboo
b) millet
3. Chinese Water Chestnut
4. Taro Family (cook and eat like white potato)
a) taro (poi)
b) malanga
c) yautia
d) dasheen
e) ceriman
5. Lilly Family (onion)
a) asparagus
b) chives
c) leek
d) shallot
e) yucca
6. Yam Family (cook and eat like white potato)
a) yam
b) name
7. Banana Family
a) banana
b) plantain
8. Ginger Family
a) ginger
b) turmeric
c) cardamon
9. Arrowroot
10. Pepper Family
a) black pepper
b) white pepper
11. Chestnut
12. Mulberry Family
a) mulberry
b) fig
c) breadfruit
13. Macadamia Nut
a) rhubarb
b) buckwheat (does not contain gluten)
c) garden sorrel
15. Beet Family
a) beet
b) sugar beet
c) swiss chard
d) spinach
e) lambs quarters
f) tampala
16. Pigweed
(purselene, pusley)
17. Pawpaw
18. Nutmeg (mace)
19. Laurel Family
a) avocado
b) cinammon
c) sassadras
d) bay leaf
e) cassia
20. Chinese Lotus
21. Poppy seed
22. Cabbage Family
a) kale
b) collards
c) kohlrabi
d) mustard (+greens)
e) turnip
f) rutabaga
g) radish (+greens)
h) horseradish
i) watercress
23. Current Family
a) current
b) gooseberry
24. Carob Family
a) carob
b) gum acacia
25. Litchi nut
26. Bean Family
a) bean sprouts (various)
b) alfalfa
27. Flaxseed
28. Acerola
29. Cassava (tapioca is a starch derived from this plant)
(cassava, tapioca, yuca)
30. Cashew Family
a) cashew nut (whole or ground into butter)
b) pistachio nut
c) mango
31. Okra
32. Papaya
33. Prickly Pear
34. Pomegranate
35. Brazil nut
36. Myrtle Family
a) guava
b) allspice
c) clove
37. Carrot Family
a) celery
b) Chinese celery
c) bok choy
d) coriandor
e) cumin
f) parsley
g) parsnip
h) anise
i) caraway
j) dill
k) fennel
l) angelica
38. Blueberry Family
a) blueberry
b) huckleberry
c) cranberry
39. Persimmon
40. Olive
41. Tomato Family
a) eggplant
b) garden peppers
c) pimento
d) cayenne
e) chili
f) paprika
42. Mint Family
a) peppermint
b) spearmint
c) horse mint
d) water mint
e) basil
f) rosemary
g) marjoram
h) sage
i) horehound
j) savory
k) thyme
l) Chinese artichoke
m) pennyroyal
n) oregano
o) levender
43. Sweet Potato
44. Sesame (whole or ground into butter; Tahini = ground sesame seeds)
45. Elderberry
46. Lettuce Family
a) lettuce
b) endive (escarole)
c) chicory
d) Jersusalem artichoke
e) common artichoke
f) sunflower
g) dandelion
h) safflower
i) salsify
k) burdock
l) camomile
m) tarragon
n) yarrow
47. Seaweed
a) agar agar (fruit juices or other flavorings can be added to make this seaweek gelatin)
b) alaria
c) arame
d) dulse
e) hijiki
f) Irish moss
g) kombu
h) laver
i) wakame
48. Aramanth
49. Jicama


19 comments for “Food Family List

  1. Tia
    October 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Very nice website. Easy to read and I’m particularly impressed with the long lists of foods that are so good for us – and groups in families for investigative purposes. I’m always telling people to eat as if they were living before the concept of packaged foods from a supermarket kidnapped us and to rotate, encompass and enjoy.

    I also very much appreciate the lack of any flashing ads, etc. So much easier to read here. Great links to guide those at any stage. Good luck on your path.

    • August 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Great pictures! Looks like it was a fun night and cogrtans on the run! :-)That soup/sauce looks amazing. I think I’ll have to give it a try!Yay weekend! Looking forward to a weekend with friends and feeling like a human. Last weekend was so blah recovering from surgery.

    • Lee
      August 5, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Hi, and sorry if my english is bad. I wish to ask. What can I do to recieve your autographed photo? If I have to send a fanletter to you, will you let me know an address for you in Australia. Please, it will make me so proud if I’m the lucky one.Have a nice day michelleYours sincerelyAnni Pia Jensen

  2. heather
    March 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you so much for compiling this list. Yours is the best I’ve found yet. It is so valuable to us all; I wish more of us knew just how much.
    I have a question: how is it that there are repeats in the Exotic Food Taxonomy list? For example the cashew family is in the family kingdom list alone but later in the exotic list it shows up with the pistachio and mango. Are there two cashew types? The two Cabbage families are different lists as well. I want to post this in the kitchen and wonder how I might reorganize it for an at-a-glance view. Do you think I could combine the lists in some concise way?

    • August 1, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Your workout scuelhde is inspiring! I’ve been learning a hard lesson lately though, that too much exercise can actually have a negative effect on the body. You can never win, right? :-(I remember that recipe from Pioneer Woman, it sounded so yummy but anything cream-based makes me feel ill. Maybe it’s time to try the cashew cream method. I’ve tried cashew cream at work before, but not for a long time and never at home.

    • August 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

      When I make raw cookie dough balls, I use caehsws and oats. And in 10 seconds I have dough, in 15 seconds I have cashew-oatey butter in the Vita. Then I add agave. Blend again.So yes, when making cashew based balls/bites, I have accidentally made cashew butter more times than I can count.

  3. Danielle
    March 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    @Heather 🙂 The cashew is in the cashew botanical family along with mango and pistachio. As some consider the cashew itself an exotic food, that is why it is also listed in the exotic food taxonomy with the mango and pistachio. The same thing with the cabbage family. There are members of the cabbage food family that many consider to be exotic while others would say they are now more commonly eaten, hence the duplication of a few members of the cabbage family in both lists. You can combine the two lists. The exotic food list is more so people with food allergies can choose foods from the exotic list to add to their diet since these foods are less commonly eaten or rarely eaten, thus, they lessen the likelihood of their being allergic to that food since it is “exotic” and can add it to their food rotation.

    • August 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I love the action shot!! I wish you were in Dtown so then I could take your clesass. They sound like killer work outs! What a wonderful sauce – it looks perfect! This weekend I’m going to be getting ready for my out of town work trip. Lots to do between now and when I leave!Happy Friday 🙂

    • August 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

      I love your blog and all the recipes you have poetsd.I keep trying new ones everyday.Your blog gives a great aproach to good health and well-being. Also I am interested in modifying with your permission your veganlunchbox website. I am a student taking web desgining and my instructor shows us your website very often as a teaching example, so I would like to talk more about it if you are interested.ThanksMoni

  4. Lucas
    December 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    This is for my father. He has Lymes, and I’m not quite sure about this
    Are these foods things he SHOULD eat, or SHOULDN’T ingest?
    Sorry for the ignorance, I’m just not quite sure. I don’t want to tell him to eat this, if he shouldn’t.

    • JasonMChicago
      January 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      No carbs, no sugar, no dairy… is the usual rule of thumb.

      • Danielle
        January 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Hey Jason!
        Yes, many do follow that and it helps tremendously. I don’t avoid all carbs, but definitely no dairy, sugar, gluten and processed foods.
        Thanks for sharing!

        • Tis
          August 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

          so after reading Tinas (carrotsncake) post about lonisg the dough and how BodyPump gives results – I remembered how I used to take the class many years ago (when I first graduated college!) and saw major results…… I took my first class this morning and holy balls it was hard. i’m also used to lifting heavy weights/lower rep but I think taking BodyPump 2x weekly will help me bust through my plateau!!! yayyyyyyyi’m scared for how sore I might be tomorrow – I used wimpy weights too! like only 10lb bar!!! agh. xoxo

      • August 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

        I love your blog and all the recipes you have potesd.I keep trying new ones everyday.Your blog gives a great aproach to good health and well-being. Also I am interested in modifying with your permission your veganlunchbox website. I am a student taking web desgining and my instructor shows us your website very often as a teaching example, so I would like to talk more about it if you are interested.ThanksMoni

    • Bob
      August 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Love the pictures – you look fauulobs!You sure are speedy! I’m in serious awe of your workout schedule. Fun weekend plans here: I’m going to Oklahoma to see my BFF (does anyone over the age of 8 use that acronym anymore?) for her 25th birthday party. It’s going to be a blast!

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  6. August 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Love this recipe and since my diet has fceord me to go pretty much vegan these days, it’s perfect for me! 🙂 I was actually craving some pasta with tomato sauce so I think I might just try this. You are so cute teaching! I so wish that I lived near you so that I could take one of your classes. I was just looking for some classes to start taking around here. I need to switch things up a bit and I am really dying to take a class. Hope you are having a great week girl!

  7. August 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I love that action shot! Congrats on a scsfeuscul launch, and hooray for running outside! I also recently went on my first outdoor run in nearly a month. SO much better than the treadmill!Loving that creamy sauce :-)This weekend my parents are having a big brunch, so I’m going to help them cook!

  8. Capi Klein
    July 7, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Stumbled onto your site. BLESS YOUR HEART for compiling this information!! Now, I have *a list* to work with that *makes sense*! (still at the point with chronic Lyme where I get lost in the grocery stores and over stimulated. Thank goodness for home delivery! My BF is an outstanding cook, and so is my husband. He is even growing our brocolli. Anyway, I am profoundly grateful to you because food is difficult for me to eat (slew of allergens and counting) and prepare (cognitive deficits). Keeping my sights on The Hopeful Horizon ahead. Thank you!!!! This info will cheer up my loved ones. You rock!!

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