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 and sometimes 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.

With the introduction of Overheating mechanic in the Reign of Giants DLC (and carried over to Don't Starve Together and Shipwrecked DLC), some foods are classified as hot or cold, providing an alternative way to combat Freezing and Overheating, respectively.

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


There are several Food categories:

Food Types

Hunger Meter
Sanity Meter
Crock Pot
Food value
Batilisk WingBatilisk Wing +3 +12.5 -106Not valid
Cooked Batilisk WingCooked Batilisk Wing +8 +18.75010Not valid
BerriesBerries0 +9.37506Fruit×0.5
Roasted BerriesRoasted Berries +1 +12.503Fruit×0.5
Bile-Covered SlopBile-Covered SlopShipwrecked icon -1 -100NeverNot valid
Roasted BirchnutRoasted BirchnutReign of Giants icon +1 +9.37506Roasted Birchnut×1.0
BlubberBlubberShipwrecked icon +10 +10010Not valid
Brainy MatterBrainy MatterShipwrecked icon -10 +10 +501Not valid
ButterButter +40 +25040Dairy product×1.0
Butterfly WingsButterfly Wings +8 +9.37506Butterfly Wings×1.0
Cactus FleshCactus FleshReign of Giants icon -3 +12.5 -510Vegetables×1.0
Cooked Cactus FleshCooked Cactus FleshReign of Giants icon +1 +12.5 +1510Vegetables×1.0
Cactus FlowerCactus FlowerReign of Giants icon +8 +12.5 +510Vegetables×0.5
CarrotCarrot +1 +12.5010Vegetables×1.0
Roasted CarrotRoasted Carrot +3 +12.506Vegetables×1.0
Cave BananaBanana +1 +12.5010Fruit×1.0
Cooked Cave BananaCooked Banana +3 +12.506Fruit×1.0
Halved CoconutHalved CoconutShipwrecked icon +1 +4.6875010Fruit×1.0
Roasted CoconutRoasted CoconutShipwrecked icon +1 +9.375010Fruit×1.0
Coffee BeansCoffee BeansShipwrecked icon0 +9.37506Fruit×0.5
Cooked Coffee BeansRoasted Coffee BeansShipwrecked icon0 +9.375 -515Fruit×1.0
CornCorn +3 +25010Vegetables×1.0
PopcornPopcorn +3 +12.5015Vegetables×1.0
Dead DogfishDead DogfishShipwrecked icon +1 +2506Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Dead JellyfishDead JellyfishShipwrecked icon +10 +1006Fishes×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
Cooked JellyfishCooked JellyfishShipwrecked icon +10 +18.75010Fishes×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
Dried JellyfishDried JellyfishShipwrecked icon +10 +18.75020Fishes×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
Dead Rainbow JellyfishDead Rainbow JellyfishShipwrecked icon +10 +1006Not valid
Cooked Rainbow JellyfishCooked Rainbow JellyfishShipwrecked icon +10 +18.75010Not valid
Dead SwordfishDead SwordfishShipwrecked icon +1 +2506Not valid
Dead WobsterDead WobsterShipwrecked icon +1 +12.503Not valid
Cooked WobsterDelicious WobsterShipwrecked icon +1 +12.506Not valid
Deerclops EyeballDeerclops Eyeball +60 +75 -15NeverNot valid
Doydoy EggDoydoy EggShipwrecked icon +3 +25010Eggs×1.0
Fried Doydoy EggFried Doydoy EggShipwrecked icon +11 +25 -1010Eggs×1.0
Dragoon HeartDragoon HeartShipwrecked icon +11 +25 -1010Not valid
Dragon FruitDragon Fruit +3 +9.37506Fruit×1.0
Prepared Dragon FruitPrepared Dragon Fruit +20 +12.503Fruit×1.0
DrumstickDrumstick0 +12.5 -106 Meats×0.5
Fried DrumstickFried Drumstick +1 +12.5010Meats×0.5
DurianDurian -3 +25 -510Fruit×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
Extra Smelly DurianExtra Smelly Durian0 +25 -56Fruit×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
EelEel +3 +1006Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Cooked EelCooked Eel +8 +13010Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Electric MilkElectric MilkReign of Giants icon +3 +12.5 +56Dairy product×1.0
EggEgg0 +9.375010 Eggs×1.0
Cooked EggCooked Egg0 +12.506Eggs×1.0
EggplantEggplant +8 +25010Vegetables×1.0
Braised EggplantBraised Eggplant +20 +2506Vegetables×1.0
Eye of the Tiger SharkEye of the Tiger SharkShipwrecked icon +60 +75 -15NeverNot valid
FishFish +1 +12.503Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Cooked FishCooked Fish +1 +12.506Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Fish MorselFish MorselShipwrecked icon +1 +12.503Fishes×0.5
Cooked Fish MorselCooked Fish MorselShipwrecked icon +1 +12.506Fishes×0.5
FoliageFoliage +1006Not valid
Frog LegsFrog Legs0 +12.5 -106Meats×0.5
Cooked Frog LegsCooked Frog Legs +1 +12.5010Meats×0.5
GearsGears (WX-78 Portrait only) +60 +75 +50NeverNot valid
Glommer's GoopGlommer's GoopReign of Giants icon +40 +9.375 -50NeverNot valid
Glow BerryGlow Berry +10 +25 -1510Not valid
Lesser Glow BerryLesser Glow BerryDon't Starve Together icon +3 +12.5 -1010Not valid
Guardian's HornGuardian's Horn +60 +75 -15NeverNot valid
HoneyHoney +3 +9.375040Sweetener×1.0
IceIceReign of Giants icon +0.5 +2.303Cold/7.5Ice×1.0
Juicy BerriesJuicy BerriesDon't Starve Together icon +1 +12.502Fruit×0.5
Roasted Juicy BerriesRoasted Juicy BerriesDon't Starve Together icon +3 +18.7501Fruit×0.5
Koalefant TrunkKoalefant Trunk +30 +37.506Not valid
Winter Koalefant TrunkWinter Koalefant Trunk +30 +37.506Not valid
Koalefant Trunk SteakKoalefant Trunk Steak +40 +75015Not valid
Leafy MeatLeafy Meat0 +12.5 -106Not valid
Cooked Leafy MeatCooked Leafy Meat +1 +18.75010Not valid
LichenLichen +3 +12 -52Vegetables×1.0
Light BulbLight Bulb +1006Not valid
LimpetsLimpetsShipwrecked icon0 +12.5 -106Fishes×0.5
Cooked LimpetsCooked LimpetsShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5010Fishes×0.5
MandrakeMandrake +60 +750NeverVegetables×1.0
Cooked MandrakeCooked Mandrake +100 +1500NeverNot valid
MeatMeat +1 +25 -106Meats×1.0
Cooked MeatCooked Meat +3 +25010Meats×1.0
JerkyJerky +20 +25 +1520Meats×1.0
Monster MeatMonster Meat -20 +18.75 -156Meats×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
Cooked Monster MeatCooked Monster Meat -3 +18.75 -1015Meats×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
Monster JerkyMonster Jerky -3 +18.75 -520Meats×1.0 Monster Foods×1.0
MorselMorsel0 +12.5 -106Meats×0.5
Cooked MorselCooked Morsel +1 +12.5010Meats×0.5
Small JerkySmall Jerky +8 +12.5 +1020Meats×0.5
MusselMusselShipwrecked icon0 +12.5 -153Fishes×0.5
Cooked MusselCooked MusselShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5010Fishes×0.5
Blue CapBlue Cap +20 +12.5 -1510Vegetables×0.5
Cooked Blue CapCooked Blue Cap -30 +1010Vegetables×0.5
Green CapGreen Cap0 +12.5 -5010Vegetables×0.5
Cooked Green CapCooked Green Cap -10 +1510Vegetables×0.5
Red CapRed Cap -20 +12.5010Vegetables×0.5
Cooked Red CapCooked Red Cap +10 -1010Vegetables×0.5
Neon QuattroNeon QuattroShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5010Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Cooked Neon QuattroCooked Neon QuattroShipwrecked icon +3 +12.506Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
PetalsPetals +1006Not valid
Dark PetalsDark Petals00 -56Not valid
Pierrot FishPierrot FishShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5010Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Cooked Pierrot FishCooked Pierrot FishShipwrecked icon +3 +12.506Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
PhlegmPhlegmDon't Starve Together icon0 +12.5 -15NeverNot valid
PomegranatePomegranate +3 +9.37506Fruit×1.0
Sliced PomegranateSliced Pomegranate +20 +12.503Fruit×1.0
PumpkinPumpkin +3 +37.5010Vegetables×1.0
Hot PumpkinHot Pumpkin +8 +37.506Vegetables×1.0
Purple GrouperPurple GrouperShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5010Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Cooked Purple GrouperCooked Purple GrouperShipwrecked icon +3 +12.506Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Raw FishRaw FishShipwrecked icon +1 +2503Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Fish SteakFish SteakShipwrecked icon +20 +2506Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
RoeRoeShipwrecked icon +1 +4.687503Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
Cooked RoeCooked RoeShipwrecked icon0 +4.6875010Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
RotRot -1 -100NeverNot valid
Rotten EggRotten Egg -1 -100NeverNot valid
Royal JellyRoyal JellyDon't Starve Together icon +20 +25 +1510Sweetener×3.0
SeaweedSeaweedShipwrecked icon +1 +9.375 -106Vegetables×1.0
Roasted SeaweedRoasted SeaweedShipwrecked icon +3 +12.5010Vegetables×1.0
Dried SeaweedDried SeaweedShipwrecked icon +3 +12.5020Vegetables×1.0
SeedsSeeds0 +4.6875040Not valid
Toasted SeedsToasted Seeds +1 +4.6875010Not valid
CropsCrop Seeds +0.5 +9.375040Not valid
Shark FinShark FinShipwrecked icon +20 +25 -156Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
SucculentSucculentDon't Starve Together icon +1006Not valid
Sweet PotatoSweet PotatoShipwrecked icon +1 +12.5010Vegetables×1.0
Cooked Sweet PotatoCooked Sweet PotatoShipwrecked icon +3 +12.506Vegetables×1.0
Tallbird EggTallbird Egg +3 +250NeverEggs×4.0
Hatching Tallbird EggHatching Tallbird Egg +5 +230NeverNot valid
Fried Tallbird EggFried Tallbird Egg0 +37.506Eggs×4.0
Tropical FishTropical FishShipwrecked icon +1 +12.503 Fishes×1.0 Meats×0.5
WatermelonWatermelonReign of Giants icon +3 +12.5 +58Cold/5Fruit×1.0
Grilled WatermelonGrilled WatermelonReign of Giants icon +1 +12.5 +7.58Fruit×1.0
Bacon and EggsBacon and Eggs +20 +75 +520Not valid
Banana PopBanana PopShipwrecked icon +20 +12.5 +3310 Cold/10Not valid
BisqueBisqueShipwrecked icon +60 +18.75 +520 Not valid
Butter MuffinButter Muffin +20 +37.5 +515Not valid
California RollCalifornia RollShipwrecked icon +20 +37.5 +1010Not valid
CaviarCaviarShipwrecked icon +3 +12.53310Not valid
CevicheCevicheShipwrecked icon +20 +25 +510Cold/10Not valid
CoffeeCoffeeShipwrecked icon +3 +9.375 -510Not valid
DragonpieDragonpie +40 +75 +515Hot/10Not valid
Fish TacosFish Tacos +20 +37.5 +56Not valid
FishsticksFishsticks +40 +37.5 +510Not valid
Fist Full of JamFist Full of Jam +3 +37.5 +515Not valid
Flower SaladFlower SaladReign of Giants icon +40 +12.5 +56Not valid
Fresh Fruit CrepesFresh Fruit CrepesShipwrecked icon +60 +150 +1510Not valid
Froggle BunwichFroggle Bunwich +20 +37.5 +515Not valid
Fruit MedleyFruit Medley +20 +25 +56Cold/5Not valid
GuacamoleGuacamoleReign of Giants icon +20 +37.5010Not valid
Honey HamHoney Ham +30 +75 +515 Hot/10Not valid
Honey NuggetsHoney Nuggets +20 +37.5 +515Not valid
Ice CreamIce CreamReign of Giants icon0 +25 +503Cold/15Not valid
JellybeansJellybeansDon't Starve Together icon +122
(over 2 minutes)
0 +5NeverNot valid
Jelly-O PopJelly-O PopShipwrecked icon +20 +12.5010Cold/10Not valid
KabobsKabobs +3 +37.5 +515Hot/15
(only in Don't Starve Together icon)
Not valid
Wobster BisqueLobster BisqueShipwrecked icon +60 +25 +1010Not valid
Wobster DinnerLobster DinnerShipwrecked icon +60 +25 +5010Not valid
Mandrake SoupMandrake Soup +100 +150 +56Not valid
MeatballsMeatballs +3 +62.5 +510Not valid
Meaty StewMeaty Stew +12 +150 +510Hot/15Not valid
MelonsicleMelonsicleReign of Giants icon +3 +12.5 +203Cold/10Not valid
Monster LasagnaMonster Lasagna -20 +37.5 -2010Not valid
Monster TartareMonster TartareShipwrecked icon +3 +37.5 +1010Not valid
Mussel BouillabaiseMussel BouillabaiseShipwrecked icon +20 +37.5 +1510Not valid
PierogiPierogi +40 +37.5 +520Not valid
PowdercakePowdercake -30018750Not valid
Pumpkin CookiesPumpkin Cookies0 +37.5 +1510Not valid
RatatouilleRatatouille +3 +25 +515Not valid
Seafood GumboSeafood GumboShipwrecked icon +40 +37.5 +2020Not valid
Shark Fin SoupShark Fin SoupShipwrecked icon +40 +12.5 -1010Not valid
Spicy ChiliSpicy ChiliReign of Giants icon +20 +37.509Hot/15Not valid
Stuffed EggplantStuffed Eggplant +3 +37.5 +515Hot/5Not valid
Surf 'n' TurfSurf 'n' TurfShipwrecked icon +60 +37.5 +3310Not valid
Sweet Potato SouffleSweet Potato SouffleShipwrecked icon +20 +37.5 +1510Not valid
TaffyTaffy -3 +25 +1515Not valid
Trail MixTrail MixReign of Giants icon +30 +12.5 +515Not valid
Tropical BouillabaisseTropical BouillabaisseShipwrecked icon +20 +37.5 +1510Not valid
Turkey DinnerTurkey Dinner +20 +75 +56Hot/10Not valid
UnagiUnagi +20 +18.8 +510Not valid
WafflesWaffles +60 +37.5 +510Not valid
Wet GoopWet Goop0006Not valid
HealthMeter Health Hunger Meter Hunger Sanity Meter Sanity Rot Perish Time (days) Crock Pot Crock Pot Food Values

Perish Times

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

Stage Effect
Green (50-100% Fresh) Restores the full amount of Hunger Meter, HealthMeter and Sanity Meter for a given food.
Yellow (21-49% Stale) Restores 2/3 of Hunger Meter, 1/3 of HealthMeter for a given food and doesn't restore any Sanity Meter.
Red (0-20% Spoiled) Restores 1/2 of Hunger Meter for a given food, doesn't restore any HealthMeter and decreases Sanity Meter 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 or stored in Shadow Chester 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.
  • Spoiled Eggs become Rotten Eggs instead of Rot.

Food Temperature

A food with a defined temperature effect will increase/decrease the player's perceived temperature by 40°, for varying lengths of time. This effect is not directly related to, or affected by the food's freshness.

Cold foods preserve their full effect until they rot.

Hot foods, however, will cool off over time (shortening the duration of the increased temperature effect, rather than decreasing in temperature) after being made (all hot foods are Crock Pot dishes). Hot foods will cool off four times as fast if put inside a functioning Ice Box. This cool-off increase will also happen inside Snow Chester. The Insulated Pack, Sea Sack, Chef Pouch and the Bundling Wrap will preserve the temperature effect indefinitely.

Splitting a stack of hot food will reset the temperature duration of the new stack, and combining stacks will set the duration to the same as the stack that is being added to.

An exception to the cooling-down effect of hot foods are several non-perishable food items available during Winter's Feast in Don't Starve Together. These foods will keep a long-lasting hot effect indefinitely, making them a great item to keep around static resurrection structures:

Prototype Tips

  • 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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