A great way to add some originality to your world, is to throw in a couple of original foods and herbs for the characters to eat and enjoy! HERE'S HOW IT WORKS You can either submit a new edible item, or construct a recipe from those already submitted. Feel free to also use common plants from the real world (carrots, salt, sugar cane, etc) as well - it's fine to keep a good part of your new world familiar so that the reader doesn't need an encyclopaedia to read it. Edible Plant: Where it grows: What it looks like: Part of the plant used: Preparation methods: Flavour: Other Information: Edible Mineral Where it is found: What it looks like: Preparation methods: Flavour: Other Information: Meat: Name of the live animal: Which part of the animal is the meat from: Preparation methods: Flavour: Other Information: Recipe: Ingredients: Preparation: Finished Dish: ~*~ I'll start us off with a few! PLANTS Butterbud Flower Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Where it grows: In fields with strong sunlight. What it looks like: A bulbous yellow flower with thick petals that seal around the stigma. It is very short, seldom growing taller than six centimeters, the stalk is very thick, and it has broad, thick green leaves with saw-like edges. Part of the plant used: The ovule within the stigma contains a soft, light yellow, butter-like substance that surrounds a single large seed. Preparation methods: The seed is removed as it is toxic, and the 'butter' is either blended into other soft foods, or melted over heat and added as a liquid. Flavour: creamy and rich Other Information: Seldom eaten by itself, it is mostly used to add density or creaminess to a dish. Sunfruit Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Where it grows: In any rich, well watered soil. Easily cultivated What it looks like: Above ground, it produces stalks with green and yellow teardrop-shaped leaves. Below the ground it's roots form a round bulb. A mature Sunfruit plant's bulb can be up to fifteen centimeters in diameter. The bulb is a golden yellow colour, and is filled with a pulpy fruit that produces numerous small, spherical seeds Part of the plant used: Bulb Preparation methods: Best served cold, either with or without seeds (the seeds are not toxic, but they are very hard). When heated, some kind of sweetener should be added, or the dish will become bitter as the juices are boiled out. Flavour: Sweet and tangy MINERALS Hocolate Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Where it is found: In rich soil where lots of plants and trees grow What it looks like: It has the appearance of small pieces of sandalwood, but is soft and pliable to the touch, a bit like clay. Preparation methods: It has to be frozen so that it firms up, after which you can rinse the dirt and mud off them with cold water. If the mineral is washed while in room temperature, or with hot water, it will melt away. Once the pieces are clean, pat them dry with a paper towel. You can then chop them up into smaller pieces, or let them sit until soft again as they are. Flavour: It has a deep, bitter flavour that resembles chocolate, so it is popular in desserts or melted into a drink. Other information: Since it is a mineral, it doesn't grow old and inedible, which means it can be stored for as long as you want. However, exposure to sunlight changes the molecular structure, changing the flavour and making it taste like sawdust. Since it also becomes very stiff and hard after being exposed to sunlight, it's easy to know if it's a good piece or not. MEATS Turduvois Kidney Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name of the live animal: Turduvois. The turduvois is a small bird that is completely white, has a large fluffy tuft on its chest, and blue eyes. There is no way to distinguish males from females. Which part of the body the meat is from: The kidney. Preparation method: Cooking a turduvois kidney only takes a few minutes as it is very small, but extracting the kidney from the body is a very difficult process. This is because it is directly connected to several pheromone-producing glands that, if teared open, reveals a hideous fluid that tastes and smells of vomit. Even a small drop of the liquid placed in the center of a large food storage room will render everything inside inedible. Flavour: The turduvois kidney is considered one of the most exquisite pieces of meat in existance. This is because the flavour is immensely decadent and rich, and needs absolutely no seasoning. In fact, simply sprinkling it with a pinch of salt will ruin the perfect balance of flavours within the meat. Other: Because of the difficulty to extract the kidneys, the amazing flavour, and the fact that the turduvois is a relatively rare bird that only lives in forests on top of snowy mountains, it is extremely expensive. Many people can save their salary for every day until they die and still not afford a pound of this.