A pokémon trainer enjoying a sandwich while a Miraidon stares at the food, demanding a piece. | Image: Nintendo

For years, Pokémon fans have wondered whether the franchise’s lack of regular animals meant that humans in the Pokémon world sometimes ate the pocketable creatures for sustenance. While the jury’s still out for places like Kanto and Hoenn, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet definitely make it seem like trainers from the Paldea region have no beef with turning certain ‘mons into gourmet meals.

Fruits like berries, dishes like curries, and baked goods like poffins and malasadas have played a surprisingly large role in many recent Pokémon titles, where they typically act as stat-boosting power-ups obtained either by buying them from stores or by making them in mini-games. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet keep this tradition going in the new Paldea…

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