Food is an essential item that is required for survival. There are currently 10 types of food in the game: Berries, Raw Meat, Cooked Meat, Fish, Cooked Fish, Bread, Cookies, Cake, and Sandwiches. Different types of food have different levels of effectiveness in filling up the food bar.
Berries are the most common food in the game. They grow from berry bushes, which are identified as purple dots on the mini-map. A berry bush, which can hold 5 berries at a time, is about enough for a single person, and more can be planted using seeds (3 berries at a campfire) Bushes planted by players can only hold 3 berries at a time and can die from age. Using pickaxes or swords to harvest berries from planted bushes may kill them faster. Berries fill the hunger bar faster than Raw Meat, but nowhere near Cooked Meat.
Raw Meat drops off of Rabbits, Wolves, Arctic Foxes, Polar Bears and Dragons A Rabbit drops one Meat, the Wolf and the Fox drops two, the Bear drops three, and the Dragon drops five. It is not recommended to eat raw meat, considering it causes food poisoning, does not fill the hunger bar very well and can be used to make Cooked Meat, which is far more effective. Acquiring it may also be difficult, due to a Rabbit's tendency to run away and hostility of the other mobs.
Cooked meatcan be crafted (AKA cooked) with Raw Meat near a heat source. Even if it's the efficient food, new and more advanced players would collect berries over meat, since it is easier and quicker to gather berries. Cooked Meat also needs to be crafted, which can take a long time for the player.
Bread is a food item made out of flour. It was added in the Vamos a la Playa update. Bread restores about 1/4 of the hunger bar when consumed. Considering that cookies can restore about double the hunger bar, with only one more berry in the recipe, they are more effective and more efficient to make. Bread can be used to make sandwiches.
Fish is a food item dropped by GMO Piranhas and Krakens upon death. Fish was added along with the cooked fish in the Vamos a la Playa update. It can be cooked by a fire to make cooked fish. When raw fish is eaten, it restores 10% of the food bar. It restores more food when cooked. Eating it raw deals a small amount of damage to the player.
Sandwich is a food item which fills 100% of the food bar. This item was added in the Chrono Quests update. Each sandwich is crafted with 1 bread and 1 Cooked Meat. As it fills more than the two of them combined, it is a very effective source of food.
Pumpkin is a fooditem, which grows occasionally from planted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds will spawn at random locations within the forestbiome. Gather some pumpkin seeds and plant them on dirt (anywhere on the forest floor, or in a plant plot if in the winter or on water) to grow your own pumpkins.
Like berries, pumpkins can be eaten at once, and do not have to be processed into other products beforehand. Consuming a pumpkin restores 50% of the food bar. However, unlike berries and wheat, pumpkins cannot be further crafted into better foods.