How to harvest loads of hearty food in Breath of the Wild

Hearty Food may seem like a rare thing in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But here I can show you where and how to get loads of food as well as how, where and when to cook it! You will be finding two things: Hearty Durians and a Surprise.

Where to Find the Durians?

The Durians are located in the Faron Region, just north-north-east of Faron Tower. You can find them on three different altitudes of the mountain. They are spread far and wide along the cliff so make sure you are searching for a while.

There is a cool method for finding them that I’ll show you now:

durian location on map

How to Collect the Durians?

method of finding durians

There is one thing that your Sheikah Slate can do that will help you masses when using it to find Hearty Durians: Stasis. Stasis – if you didn’t know – dims surroundings that aren’t ‘stasisable’ and makes objects that you can stasis glow!

Hearty Durians are ‘stasisable’ so the glow up on the trees; this combined with the Sheikah Sensor+ will make finding the Durians a breeze!


On the very top of the cliff, you will find the most Durians of the area, but you will also find the surprise at the center of the mountain: One, giant, Hinox! Surrounded by trees, ripe with Durians, the monster lays asleep. You can actually walk right around it and not wake it up, but if you’d like to defeat it you can very easily; Just follow our Top 3 Tips for Attacking Hinoxen (BotW)!

attacking hinox in faron
attacking lynel in faron

Once you finish off the Hinox – if you do – there is a Lynel to the North-East of the mountain. With this, you might be thinking something along the lines of, “Ha! Easy! Let’s go finish off that Lynel too!” Or, you might be thinking something along the lines of, “What?! There’s no way I’m stepping anywhere near that side of the mountain!” If it’s the latter, fear no less! Just check out our guide to defeating Lynels and you’ll get plenty of gear perfect for more combat!

Where and when to cook the Hearty Durians?

The prime time to cook the Hearty Durians is during a Blood Moon, this is because the effects of the blood moon will increase the amount of extra hearts the Durian meal will provide. I recommend keeping the Durians in you inventory until a Blood Moon fills the night sky. The effects of the Blood Moon last from 11:30-12:30. One minute in-game corresponds to one second in real life, therefore you will have precisely 1 minute to cook all the Hearty Durians you have collected.

Cooking Durians in a Blood Moon

Don’t worry if you think you can’t cook like 40 Hearty Durians in 60 seconds, you’d need to cook one of 1½ seconds! Being completely honest, that is what you are gonna need to do, but it’s not as hard as you might think. The time spent in the inventory and the time spent in the cooking animation and meal display screen. This means that as long as you try to click + as soon as you come out of the meal display screen and you click a as soon as you have selected the durian/s, you should be able to cook 60 in 60 seconds. Just remember, the blood moon will pass at midnight but the effect still lasts for another 30 seconds as it carries from 11:30-12:30.

Also, if you have three wheels of stamina and full hearts -2, then you won’t need the blood moon, as the durian meal on its own with only one durian will cover the two hearts that are missing. Although, if you don’t have max hearts then I recommend using 1-3 durians per meal during the blood moon to ensure you get as many hearts as possible.

I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it helped! With whatever you are doing in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, hearts are a necessary part of the game! Of course, the absence of hearts won’t end well. Also, if you do decide to cook them during a blood moon, then once the blood moon is finished, the Hearty Durians will respawn in Faron, meaning you can restart the process ready for next time!

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