Staple food

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Staple food are food items that can be stored easily and eaten throughout the year. Different kinds of staple foods are used in different parts of the world, for example, pasta in Italy.

The term means the common basis of the everyday diet in a place. Potato, rice and bread are the most usual examples. Fruit is not a staple because it usually grows at a certain time of year. Meat is not a staple because it may not be available, or is expensive to buy. Green vegetables may be a staple in some countries, but not others.

Here are some examples of staple foods:

Pictures of common staple foods[change | change source]