What deliciousness shall you yield?


Food can be obtained by foraging, trapping, farming or hunting Animals and Monsters. Food refills Hunger and may restore some Health and Sanity, depending on the quality of the food eaten. Eating some foods, such as Monster Meat or Durians, can damage the player's health instead of restoring it. Some foods, such as raw Meat or Morsel, will damage a player's sanity if eaten. Mushrooms have varying effects on Health and Sanity depending on their color. Some special food items, such as Glow Berry, have additional effects when eaten.

Almost all raw food can be Cooked on a Campfire to increase the amount of Health/Hunger/Sanity restored or reduce (even remove) Health/Sanity penalties from eating it. Some raw food items, most notably Meats, can be dried on a Drying Rack to produce long lasting food items with increased Health/Hunger/Sanity values. Additionally, a Crock Pot can be used for making foods that have additional benefits.

Food items also have other uses than eating them directly. Meat can be used as bait for carnivores, for the recruitment of Pigs, and as an offering to the Pig King for Gold Nuggets. A renewable way to gain Eggs is by giving meats to birds housed in Bird Cages. Meat is also a requirement to construct the Meat Effigy. Bunnymen can be befriended using Carrots and will become hostile if meat is in the player's inventory. Vegetables and Fruits can be used as bait for herbivores and given to Pigs to obtain Manure. Seeds can be used to bait Bird Traps.

Being of the most important items in the game, (and part of the game's namesake, to not starve) food is typically very valuable in any world; however, given the layouts of different maps and what spawns in them, food availability can vary from being abundant, to dangerously short. Food is affected by the seasons, which likely encourages the player to take advantages of seasonal diets and also take advantages of the food's shelf life.

For Information on Food values and Priority, see the Crock Pot page.

Categories Edit

There are several Food categories:

Food Types Edit

Food value
Crock Pot
Batilisk WingBatilisk Wing +3 +12.5 -106Not validNo
Cooked Batilisk WingCooked Batilisk Wing +8 +18.75010Not validNo
BerriesBerries 0 +9.375 06Fruit ×0.5Yes
Roasted BerriesRoasted Berries +1 +12.5 03Fruit×0.5Yes
Bile-Covered SlopBile-Covered SlopShipwrecked icon -1 -10 0NeverNot validNo
Roasted BirchnutRoasted BirchnutReign of Giants icon +1 +9.375 06Roasted Birchnut×1.0Yes
BlubberBlubberShipwrecked icon 10 10 010Not validNo
Brainy MatterBrainy MatterShipwrecked icon -10 +10 +501Not validNo
ButterButter +40 +25 040Dairy product ×1.0 Fat ×1.0Yes
Butterfly WingsButterfly Wing +8 +9.375 06Butterfly Wings×1.0Yes
Cactus FleshCactus FleshReign of Giants icon -3 +12.5 -510 Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Cooked Cactus FleshCooked Cactus FleshReign of Giants icon +1 +12.5 +1510 Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Cactus FlowerCactus FlowerReign of Giants icon +8 +12.5 +510 Vegetables ×0.5Yes
CarrotCarrot +1 +12.5 010Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Roasted CarrotRoasted Carrot +3 +12.5 06Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Cave BananaBanana +1 +12.5010 Fruit ×1.0Yes
Cooked Cave BananaCooked Banana +3 +12.506 Fruit ×1.0Yes
Halved CoconutHalved CoconutShipwrecked icon +1 +4.6875 010Fruit ×1.0 Fat ×1.0Yes
Roasted CoconutRoasted CoconutShipwrecked icon +1 +9.375 010Fruit ×1.0 Fat ×1.0Yes
Coffee BeansCoffee BeansShipwrecked icon 0 +9.375 06Fruit ×0.5Yes
Cooked Coffee BeansRoasted Coffee BeansShipwrecked icon 0 +9.375 -515Fruit ×1.0Yes
CornCorn +3 +25 010Vegetables ×1.0Yes
PopcornPopcorn +3 +12.5 015Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Dead DogfishDead DogfishShipwrecked icon +1 +25 06Meats ×0.5 Fishes ×1.0Yes
Dead JellyfishDead JellyfishShipwrecked icon+10+1006Fishes ×1.0 Monster Meats ×1.0No
Cooked JellyfishCooked JellyfishShipwrecked icon+10+18.75010Fishes ×1.0 Monster Meats ×1.0Yes
Dried JellyfishDried JellyfishShipwrecked icon+10+18.75020Fishes ×1.0 Monster Meats ×1.0Yes
Dead SwordfishDead SwordfishShipwrecked icon +1 +25 06Meats ×0.5 Fishes ×1.0No
Dead WobsterDead WobsterShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 03Fishes ×2.0No
Cooked WobsterDelicious WobsterShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 06Fishes ×2.0No
Deerclops EyeballDeerclops Eyeball +60 +75 -15NeverNot validNo
Doydoy EggDoydoy EggShipwrecked icon +3 +25 010Eggs ×1.0Yes
Fried Doydoy EggFried Doydoy EggShipwrecked icon +11 +25 -1010Eggs ×1.0Yes
Dragoon HeartDragoon HeartShipwrecked icon +11 +25 -1010Not validNo
Dragon FruitDragon Fruit +3 +9.375 06Fruit ×1.0Yes
Prepared Dragon FruitPrepared Dragon Fruit +20 +12.5 03Fruit ×1.0Yes
DrumstickDrumstick 0 +12.5 -106Meats ×0.5Yes
Fried DrumstickFried Drumstick +1 +12.5 010Meats ×0.5Yes
DurianDurian -3 +25 -510Fruit ×1.0Yes
Extra Smelly DurianExtra Smelly Durian 0 +25 -56Fruit ×1.0Yes
EelEel +3 +10 06Fishes ×0.5 Yes
Cooked EelCooked Eel +8 +13 010Fishes ×0.5 Yes
Electric MilkElectric MilkReign of Giants icon +3 +12.5 +56 Dairy product ×1.0Yes
EggEgg 0 +9.375 010Eggs ×1.0Yes
Cooked EggCooked Egg 0 +12.5 06Eggs ×1.0Yes
EggplantEggplant +8 +25 010Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Braised EggplantBraised Eggplant +20 +25 06Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Eye of the Tiger SharkEye of the Tiger SharkShipwrecked icon +60 +75 -15NeverNot validNo
FishFish +1 +12.5 03Fishes ×0.5Yes
Cooked FishCooked Fish +1 +12.5 06Fishes ×0.5Yes
Fish MorselFish MorselShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 03Fishes ×0.5Yes
Cooked Fish MorselCooked Fish MorselShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 06Fishes ×0.5Yes
FoliageFoliage +1006Not validNo
Frog LegsFrog Legs 0 +12.5 -106Meats ×0.5Yes
Cooked Frog LegsCooked Frog Legs +1 +12.5 010Meats ×0.5Yes
GearsGears (WX-78 Portrait only) +60 +75 +50NeverNot validNo
Glommer's GoopGlommer's GoopReign of Giants icon +40 +9.375 -50NeverNot validNo
Glow BerryGlow Berry +10 +25 -1510Not validNo
Lesser Glow BerryLesser Glow BerryDon't Starve Together icon +3 +12.5 -1010Not validNo
Guardian's HornGuardian's Horn +60 +75 -15NeverNot validNo
HoneyHoney +3 +9.375040Sweetener ×1.0Yes
IceIceReign of Giants icon +0.5 +2.303Ice×1.0Yes
JellybeansJellybeansDon't Starve Together icon +122
(over 2 minutes)
0 +5NeverNot validNo
Juicy BerriesJuicy BerriesDon't Starve Together icon +1 +12.502Fruit×0.5Yes
Roasted Juicy BerriesRoasted Juicy BerriesDon't Starve Together icon +3 +18.7501Fruit×0.5Yes
Koalefant TrunkKoalefant Trunk +30 +37.5 06Not validNo
Winter Koalefant TrunkWinter Koalefant Trunk +30 +37.5 06Not validNo
Koalefant Trunk SteakKoalefant Trunk Steak +40 +75 015Not validNo
Leafy MeatLeafy Meat 0 +12.5 -106Not validNo
Cooked Leafy MeatCooked Leafy Meat +1 +18.75010Not validNo
LichenLichen +3 +12 -52Vegetables ×1.0 Yes
Light BulbLight Bulb +1006Not validNo
LimpetsLimpetsShipwrecked icon 0 +12.5 -106Fishes ×0.5Yes
Cooked LimpetsCooked LimpetsShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 010Fishes ×0.5Yes
MandrakeMandrake +60 +75 0NeverVegetables ×1.0Yes
Cooked MandrakeCooked Mandrake +100 +150 0NeverNot validNo
MeatMeat +1 +25 -106Meats ×1.0Yes
Cooked MeatCooked Meat +3 +25 010Meats ×1.0Yes
JerkyJerky +20 +25 +1520Meats ×1.0Yes
Monster MeatMonster Meat -20 +18.75 -156Meats ×1.0Yes
Cooked Monster MeatCooked Monster Meat -3 +18.75 -1015Meats ×1.0Yes
Monster JerkyMonster Jerky -3 +18.75 -520Meats ×1.0Yes
MorselMorsel 0 +12.5 -106Meats ×0.5Yes
Cooked MorselCooked Morsel +1 +12.5 010Meats ×0.5Yes
Small JerkySmall Jerky +8 +12.5 +1020Meats ×0.5Yes
MusselMusselShipwrecked icon 0 +12.5 -153Fishes ×0.5Yes
Cooked MusselCooked MusselShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 010Fishes ×0.5Yes
Blue CapBlue Cap +20 +12.5 -1510Vegetables ×0.5Yes
Cooked Blue CapCooked Blue Cap -3 0 +10 10Vegetables ×0.5Yes
Green CapGreen Cap 0 +12.5 -5010Vegetables ×0.5Yes
Cooked Green CapCooked Green Cap -1 0 +1510Vegetables ×0.5Yes
Red CapRed Cap -20 +12.5 010Vegetables ×0.5Yes
Cooked Red CapCooked Red Cap +1 0 -1010Vegetables ×0.5Yes
PetalsPetals +1 0 06Not validNo
Dark PetalsDark Petals 0 0 -56Not validNo
PhlegmPhlegmDon't Starve Together icon 0 +12.5 -15NeverNot validNo
PomegranatePomegranate +3 +9.375 06Fruit ×1.0Yes
Sliced PomegranateSliced Pomegranate +20 +12.5 03Fruit ×1.0Yes
Royal JellyRoyal JellyDon't Starve Together icon+20+25+1510Sweetener×3.0Yes
PumpkinPumpkin +3 +37.5 010Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Hot PumpkinHot Pumpkin +8 +37.5 06Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Raw FishRaw FishShipwrecked icon +1 +25 03Meats ×0.5 Fishes ×1.0Yes
Fish SteakFish SteakShipwrecked icon +20 +25 06Meats ×0.5 Fishes ×1.0Yes
RotRot -1 -10 0NeverNot validNo
Rotten EggRotten Egg -1 -10 0NeverNot validNo
SeaweedSeaweedShipwrecked icon +1 +9.375 -106Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Roasted SeaweedRoasted SeaweedShipwrecked icon +3 +12.5 010Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Dried SeaweedDried SeaweedShipwrecked icon +3 +12.5 020Vegetables ×1.0Yes
SeedsSeeds 0 +4.6875 040Not validNo
Toasted SeedsToasted Seeds +1 +4.6875 010Not validNo
CropsCrop Seeds +0.5 +9.375040Not validNo
Shark FinShark FinShipwrecked icon +20 +25 -156Meats ×0.5 Fishes ×1.0Yes
Sweet PotatoSweet PotatoShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 010Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Cooked Sweet PotatoCooked Sweet PotatoShipwrecked icon +3 +12.5 06Vegetables ×1.0Yes
Tallbird EggTallbird Egg +3 +25 0NeverEggs ×4.0Yes
Hatching Tallbird EggHatching Tallbird Egg +5 +230NeverNot validNo
Fried Tallbird EggFried Tallbird Egg 0 +37.5 06Eggs ×4.0Yes
Tropical FishTropical FishShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5 03Meats ×0.5 Fishes ×1.0Yes
WatermelonWatermelonReign of Giants icon+3 +12.5 +58 Fruit ×1.0Yes
Grilled WatermelonGrilled WatermelonReign of Giants icon +1 +12.5 +7.58 Fruit ×1.0 Yes
Bacon and EggsBacon and Eggs +20 +75 +520Not validNo
Banana PopBanana PopShipwrecked icon +20 +12.5 +3310Not validNo
BisqueBisqueShipwrecked icon +60 +18.75 +520Not validNo
Butter MuffinButter Muffin +20 +37.5 +515Not validNo
California RollCalifornia RollShipwrecked icon +20 +25 +1010Not validNo
CoffeeCoffeeShipwrecked icon +3 +9.375 -510Not validNo
DragonpieDragonpie +40 +75 +515Not validNo
Fish TacosFish Tacos +20 +37.5 +56Not validNo
FishsticksFishsticks +40 +37.5 +510Not validNo
Fist Full of JamFist Full of Jam +3 +37.5 +515Not validNo
Flower SaladFlower SaladReign of Giants icon +40 +12.5 +56Not validNo
Fresh Fruit CrepesFresh Fruit CrepesShipwrecked icon +60 +150 +1510Not validNo
Froggle BunwichFroggle Bunwich +20 +37.5 +515Not validNo
Fruit MedleyFruit Medley +20 +25 +56Not validNo
GuacamoleGuacamoleReign of Giants icon +20 +37.5 010Not validNo
Honey HamHoney Ham +30 +75 +515Not validNo
Honey NuggetsHoney Nuggets +20 +37.5 +515Not validNo
Ice CreamIce CreamReign of Giants icon 0 +25 +503Not validNo
Jelly-O PopJelly-O PopShipwrecked icon +20 +12.5010Not validNo
KabobsKabobs +3 +37.5 +515Not validNo
Lobster BisqueLobster BisqueShipwrecked icon +60 +25 +1010Not validNo
Lobster DinnerLobster DinnerShipwrecked icon +60 +25 +5010Not validNo
Mandrake SoupMandrake Soup +100 +150 +56Not validNo
MeatballsMeatballs +3 +62.5 +510Not validNo
Meaty StewMeaty Stew +12 +150 +510Not validNo
MelonsicleMelonsicleReign of Giants icon +3 +12.5 +203Not validNo
Monster LasagnaMonster Lasagna -20 +37.5 -2010Not validNo
Monster TartareMonster TartareShipwrecked icon +3 +37.5 +1010Not validNo
Mussel BouillabaiseMussel BouillabaiseShipwrecked icon +20 +37.5 +1510Not validNo
PierogiPierogi +40 +37.5 +520Not validNo
PowdercakePowdercake -30018750Not validNo
Pumpkin CookiesPumpkin Cookies0 +37.5 +1510Not validNo
RatatouilleRatatouille +3 +25 +515Not validNo
Seafood GumboSeafood GumboShipwrecked icon +40 +37.5 +2020Not validNo
Shark Fin SoupShark Fin SoupShipwrecked icon +40 +12.5 -1010Not validNo
Spicy ChiliSpicy ChiliReign of Giants icon +20 +37.5 09Not validNo
Stuffed EggplantStuffed Eggplant +3 +37.5 +515Not validNo
Surf 'n' TurfSurf 'n' TurfShipwrecked icon +60 +37.5 +3310Not validNo
Sweet Potato SouffleSweet Potato SouffleShipwrecked icon +20 +37.5 +1510Not validNo
TaffyTaffy -3 +25 +1515Not validNo
Trail MixTrail MixReign of Giants icon +30 +12.5 +515Not validNo
Turkey DinnerTurkey Dinner +20 +75 +56Not validNo
UnagiUnagi +20 +18.8 +510Not validNo
WafflesWaffles +60 +37.5 +510Not validNo
Wet GoopWet Goop0006Not validNo
HealthMeter Health Hunger Hunger Sanity Sanity Rot Perish Time (days) Crock Pot Crock Pot ingredient

Perish Times Edit

Most Food has a Perish Time, eventually turning into Rot.

Stage Effect
Green (50-100% Fresh) Restores the full amount of Hunger, HealthMeter and Sanity for a given food
Yellow (21-49% Stale) Restores 2/3 of Hunger, 1/3 of HealthMeter for a given food and doesn't restore any Sanity
Red (0-20% Spoiled) Restores 1/2 of Hunger for a given food, doesn't restore any HealthMeter and decreases Sanity by 10
  • Any kind of cooked meat lasts longer than any raw meat, but any kind of raw vegetable lasts longer than any cooked vegetable. The exceptions are Popcorn, which lasts longer than raw Corn; Mushrooms, which last the same amount of time whether cooked or raw; and Seaweed in Shipwrecked last longer when cooked.
  • Food dropped on the ground will perish at a rate of 1.5, while keeping it in the Ice Box will reduce the rate to 0.5. Additionally, during Winter and when world temperature is below 0°, the food base perish rate is multiplied by 0.75 instead of 1. I.e. during winter, when temperature is below 0°, food in the Ice Box will spoil at 0.5 × 0.75 = 0.375 rate. In Reign of Giants`s Summer and Shipwrecked`s Dry Season, the food spoils at the rate of 1.25.
  • Soggy food spoils 30% faster.
  • The stale and spoiled effects do not apply when eaten by WX-78.
  • The effects of eating stale or spoiled food are worse when playing as Wickerbottom. Stale food will only give 1/3 of the hunger and 1/4 of health. Spoiled food will restore only 1/6 of the hunger. The rest of the values is the same as other characters.
  • Cooking Food on fire or in Crock Pot halves the spoiled amount of the Food (e.g., if it were at 80% freshness when raw, it would change to 90% freshness after being cooked).
  • Tallbird Eggs, Mandrakes (raw and cooked), the Deerclops Eyeball, Guardian's Horn, (Glommer's Goop Reign of Giants icon), and ("Ballphin Free" Tuna Shipwrecked icon, which gives one Fish Steak when used) are the only Food items which don't spoil (despite Honey being the only food in real life that does not spoil).
  • Food cooked in the Crock Pot and meat dried on the Drying Rack do not begin to spoil until picked up. This was changed in the Reign of Giants DLC.

Prototype Tips Edit

  • In order to maximize the benefits of a food item, the time when to cook it can be broke down in 3, taking into account the difference of spoil rate of the Cooked version VS the Raw version: 1) Less than twice as long; 2) Twice as long; and 3) More than twice as long. 1) If it to take less than twice as long to spoil then it should be cooked as late as possible. 2) If it takes exactly twice as long, then it does not matter when it is cooked. 3) If more, it should be cooked as early as possible.
  • When cooking sanity-restoring food, one should be wary of their freshness, as when they turn stale, they no longer restore sanity. Since most sanity-restoring food items require specific ingredients, it's recommended to consume them as soon as possible in order to benefit from the sanity gain without wasting expensive ingredients for small amounts of hunger and little to no health gains.

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