The Best Food To Grow In RimWorld [2024]

Our Rimworld guide highlights the best foods in the game.

Rimworld is a fun and highly mod-able game and offers you just the right amount of challenge to get you interested. The developers of this game have done a great job in making this almost realistic survival game, whose core theme is hunting and farming for food. That raises the question of what is the best crop for your survival. Here is our guide on the best food to grow in RimWorld.

Key Highlights
  • Food is one of the most important resources to ensure the survival of the colonies in the game RimWorld.
  • The game features 5 main types of crops, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.
  • Potatoes are best for dry, poor soil conditions and yield 11 potatoes per plant with a growth time of 5.8 days or 10.71 days, including the nightly resting period.
  • Rice is best for rich, fertile soil. It is the fastest growing crop with a growth time of 3 days or 5.54 days, including the nightly resting period, and produces 6 rice per plant.
  • Corn is best for the late game with colonies established. It does not need rich soil to grow. It requires about 20.86 days to grow, which is one of its drawbacks.
  • Hay grass is a basic food source, grows quickly, and produces large amounts of food. It can only be used after converting it to kibble and is suitable only for animals.
  • Strawberries provide a very short nutrition output and are the most useful for trips. Players can also grow strawberries in case of a shortage of cooks.
  • Players can get meat from hunting and livestock. For vegetables and fruits, farming is required.

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Food is without a doubt the most important thing to survive. This applies in the world of Rimworld as well. You get food by raising crops. Farming is the key feature of this game that ensures the survival of your community.

With that said, here’s a quick glance at the Best Crops in Rimworld and their statistics:

Food NameNutritionTasteDecay Rate Per DayDays Taken To Rot
Potatoes0.05Raw6.030.0
Rice0.05Raw6.040.0
Corn 0.05Raw 6.060.0

Best Food to Grow in Rimworld

When starting, players might get confused as to what crops they should invest their time and resources in to ensure the sustainability of their colony. The food production chain in Rimworld results in edible food, starting from obtaining the raw materials from the crops you grow to making of refined food.

There are many things that you would have to keep in mind when deciding what crop is the best for your colony. The length of the growing season, the fertility of the soil where you intend to plant your crops, your tech level, and many more factors come into play when deciding the best crop to grow for your colony.  

There are five main crops in Rimworld that you can grow and cultivate: corn, hay grass, potatoes, rice, and strawberries. Each food comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. There are many plants like smoke leaf and timbershrooms that can be very beneficial for you. All this variety of crops just makes it hard to decide on what are the best foods to grow in Rimworld.

In the list below, we have discussed in detail the advantages and distributions of crops and what food might be the best for you to grow in Rimworld.

Potatoes

Best Food to Grow RimWorld
Potatoes
Nutrition Taste Decay Rate Per Day Days Taken To Rot
0.05 Raw 6 30

Potatoes are not affected by soil fertility and soil condition; this makes potatoes the best food to grow in RimWorld, especially in the colonies surrounded by gravel and constructed on dry land. The Potato plant yields 11 potatoes at 100% growth. This domesticated plant requires 5.8 days or 10.71 days if you include the nightly resting period. It requires full light and an optimal temperature range to reach maturity.

The best part about potatoes is that the medium yield upon harvest is 11, making potatoes very resourceful. Their nutrition increased from 0.2 to 0.25 in the latest version. Potatoes are great to grow despite the bad conditions of the area you’ve settled your colony.

Another perk about potatoes is that they can be eaten raw by the colonists; however, eating raw potatoes may give them a slight mood debuff. Potatoes have a tendency to spoil within a few days after harvest. This is why refrigerating them is necessary. 

So make sure you shove them into the freezer as soon as you cultivate them. Also, don’t leave them out on the field for too long. Animals will either eat or spoil them. Another disadvantage of potatoes is that they grow very poorly if the soil is rich or uses a hydroponic system to cultivate them.

Rice

Fastest growing crop Rice
Rice
Nutrition Taste Decay Rate Per Day Days Taken To Rot
0.05 Raw 6 40

If your colony has rich and fertile soil, then go ahead and grow rice! Rice is one of the best crops to grow in the game for colonies that are just starting. One of the most fantastic perks of the rice crop is that it is the fastest-growing crop in Rimworld. Every rice plant has a base maturation time of 3 days or 5.54 days if you account for the nightly resting period. Rice is higher in nutrition as compared to corn and potatoes.

One significant disadvantage that comes with rice is that it is susceptible to soil fertility and the soil condition and temperature affect its growth a lot. Hence, they will die if grown on soil with less than 100% fertility. Another drawback of rice is that it yields way less as compared to potatoes and corn. It produces very little rice upon harvest, giving you six rice per plant.

Even though it has a low yield, it can be a consistent source of food since it grows so quickly. If you grow rice in a hydroponic system, it’ll result in rapid production. Since it grows rapidly, you’ll require extensive labor work to harvest these crops, and depending on the size of your farm, and it can tie up your grower for a day or two.

Even though the amount of nutrition you get isn’t equivalent to the amount of workforce that goes into harvesting rice, this is an excellent crop to grow early in the game or mid-game. However, you cannot grow it in gravel. You can eat Rice raw, but there is a possibility of causing a mood debuff. Therefore, it is better to turn it into pemican or cook it into a meal.

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Corn

RimWorld Corn Eatable
Corn
Nutrition Taste Decay Rate Per Day Days Taken To Rot
0.05 Raw 6 60

Once you’ve advanced enough in your game, a very suitable food you can grow is corn. It is by far the best crop in RimWorld for your colony during the late game. Before growing corn, make sure you’ve settled your base successfully. This includes providing your colonists with their basic needs and strengthening your defense system.

Even though you cannot grow corn in a hydroponic basin, it yields the most nutrition upon its harvest. This makes it the best crop. An advantage of corn is that it does not need that rich soil to grow. It can grow in soil with a fertility of 50 percent. However, corn would not grow on gravel properly.

Its biggest drawback is its long growing period, which makes food production very inconsistent. It has the most prolonged growing period and requires 20.86 days to grow. However, the yield per plant is very high, giving you 22 corn per plant. Corn is very suitable if you have fewer growers available. It does not require much farming labor and high maintenance due to its long period of growth.

These long cycles of growth also mean that you can lose all of your harvests. This may be due to blight, fire, cold snaps, or other misfortunes. This might be more consequential because you will lose a long-harvested crop.

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Other Grown Foods

There is a reason why hay grass didn’t qualify in our list of best crops. This is because it is only edible when turned into kibble, which gives you a mood debuff. It does have a good nutrition output, but your colonists won’t enjoy it. It is only suitable for the animals to eat.

Strawberries can be a good option to farm too. When eaten raw, they don’t give a mood debuff but have a very short nutrition output. They can be useful to provide food for caravans to take on trips. You can grow it when you’re short on cooks. However, it has a very short shelf life as compared to other crops. That is why not making it the best choice.

Conclusion

This has been eXputer’s guide on the best food to grow in RimWorld. We hope you understand now the pros and cons of each food, which will help your RimWorld playthroughs in the future be more manageable and more enjoyable. Good luck!

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