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:
- Tinned food
- Things that don't need to be refrigerated