What Looks Like Food

What looks like food, tastes like food, smells like food, sounds like food when you cook it, is grown in dirt like food, fills up your stomach like food, but is not food?

A poisonous mushroom. Since some types of mushrooms are edible, it can be very hard to distinguish between a safe mushroom and one that will kill you. Food is defined as a substance consumed to provide nutrition, therefore a poisonous mushroom that kills you doesn’t qualify as food, even though it shares all of the traits of a regular mushroom.

Other valid answers include anything that’s edible, resembles food, but is poisonous.

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14 Comments on "What Looks Like Food"

Black River Adult Learning Program says
January 28, 2014 @ 08:40

My students believe it is celery, or a root such as ginseng.

godfrey says
February 3, 2014 @ 13:04

I think its minerals that nourish the body . they are found in the soil and absorbed by plants therefore when you cook plants smell of food and are assimilated by the body in the stomach

Dan says
February 3, 2014 @ 13:47

I consider celery and ginseng to be food (though just barely ;))

Minerals is an intriguing guess. I was a little thrown by sounding like food when it’s cooked, but I guess if you’re saying it’s the stuff that food is made up of, then that would still fit.

Michael says
February 6, 2014 @ 18:08


fivebee says
February 7, 2014 @ 23:00

raw egg kinda

nadeem leigh says
February 8, 2014 @ 22:11


Dan says
February 9, 2014 @ 00:01

I just got an email suggesting a poisonous but edible item as the answer and combined with Michael’s suggestion of mushroom, the answer could be a poisonous mushroom. It fits all of the requirements but wouldn’t be considered a food because food is a substance consumed to provide nutrition, not to kill you.

Any comments? I’ll give it a few days in case anyone has a better solution.

Mariano says
February 9, 2014 @ 20:23

The answer to “What Looks Like Food” is probably food because if you see the word food it looks like food, food tastes like food, food smells like food, food sounds like food when you cook it, some food is grown in dirt like food, food fills your stomach like food but the word food is not food.

David says
February 11, 2014 @ 19:40

My family and i were thinking grass.

Jim says
February 24, 2014 @ 23:28

worms and bugs

John Mac says
February 25, 2014 @ 14:24


Brad says
February 26, 2014 @ 10:56

Poisonous mushroom is the best answer.

Dan says
February 26, 2014 @ 15:33

I concur Brad – poisonous mushroom it is!

kelly blak moffat says
February 27, 2014 @ 06:54

poisonous mushroom of course…

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