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Best Food and Farming Mods for Minecraft (Forge)

Forge mods that add new crops, food, or farming mechanics to Minecraft!
howchoo   (467)
September 26, 2023
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In the base game, Minecraft encourages players to farm and become self-sustaining. However, it can get quite boring to keep planting the same crops over and over again. That’s where this list of Forge farming or food mods come in!

This guide will go through mods available for Minecraft Forge that adds either new crops, food, or farming mechanics to Minecraft. While most add a multitude of new culinary treats, there is one mod below that lets you create your own custom food items. If you’re craving a challenge, then read below for a mod that rewards you for having a diverse diet! So whether you’re hosting a survival multiplayer server or you’re playing alone, you’ll find a mod that opens up your world even more!

Note that the game versions available may change since the time of publishing. Most photos were taken using BSL Shaders and Optifine in 1.16.5.

1 – AppleSkin

By squeek502

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.5, 1.16, 1.17

By default, hunger and saturation is hidden, but with AppleSkin that changes. The main features of this mod are the addition of food value information to tooltips and visualization of saturation, hunger, and exhaustion on the player HUD.

2 – Croptopia


By thethonk

Game Versions: 1.16, 1.17

If you’d like to add more farming to the world but don’t want to include a multi-file mod (see below), then try Croptopia. This mod adds over 200 new food items, plus plantable crops and trees. Paired with the Patchouli mod, a multiplayer server can also have a recipe book for their culinary adventures!

3 – Pam’s HarvestCraft 2

By pamharvestcraft

Game Versions: 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

Unlike the mod above, this one is hefty and in many parts. However, not all add-ons are required, so you can customize how many food mods you want to add to the server. I do recommend it because of how much variety of food items and crops there are!

The base mod is Food Core while the add-ons are:

  • Crops adds additional crops via naturally spawning gardens.
  • Trees adds naturally spawning trees with different fruits.
  • Food Extended adds over 400 new foods and recipes.

4 – Mystical Agriculture

By BlakeBr0

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

Have you ever needed a resource but just didn’t want to have to go mining for it? That’s where Mystical Agriculture comes in. Now you can just grow resources with crops! This mod adds a bunch of resource crops, tools, armor, and fun blocks to add a unique mechanic to Minecraft. There’s even Mystical Agradditions which adds a tier of crops and integrates with Tinkers’ Construct!

5 – Farming for Blockheads

By BlayTheNinth

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

Whether you want to create a medieval market within a city or simply make finding farming staples easier, this mod is a perfect addition. It adds a market block that allows you to buy seeds, saplings, and other farming related items! It also adds a feeding trough, a chicken nest, and fertilizer to let you live out your farming lifestyle with ease.

6 – Farmer’s Delight

By vectorwing

Game Versions: 1.15, 1.16

If you’re a farmer who prefers the vanilla game experience, but also crave slight variety, then Farmer’s Delight is for you. This mod expands on Minecraft’s farming and food items with the addition of more meals, a way to improve soil, and even some decoration blocks!

7 – Aquaculture 2

By Shadowclaimer

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17

Even with the aquatic update, Minecraft’s oceans and lakes still seem empty. This mod not only adds in over 30 new fish, but better tools with which to fish them with! Certain fish will spawn in specific biomes, and you can upgrade your basic fishing rod to have a better chance to catch them. There’s even more trash and loot you can end up hooking!

8 – Spice of Life: Carrot Edition

By lordcazsius

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

Rather than punish players for failing to have a diverse diet in game, this mod rewards them for it! It keeps track of how many unique foods the player has eaten and, after certain milestones, rewards them by permanently increasing their maximum health. It even has a custom config, so players start with a specific number of hearts. In fact, everything is customizable, so you can create unique gameplay for yourself or a multiplayer server!

If you’re looking for more challenge, check out Spice of Life: Potato Edition!

9 – Culinary Construct

By TheIllusiveC4

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

This is the perfect mod for culinary artists in Minecraft. While other food mods add in pre-designed food items, Culinary Construct lets you create any sandwich or bowl item you can think of. You want a burrito bowl from Bubbakoo’s? This mod lets you create it!

10 – Combustive Fishing

Seriously, don’t throw the cod. It will explode.

By TheIllusiveC4

Game Versions: 1.12, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16

Just like in Stardew Valley or Terraria, you can now go fishing in lava! With three new fish available, take your upgraded fishing rod and find fish, junk, or even treasure. Be wary of the combustive cod and searing swordfish, however, as they both are dangerous.


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