Mandrakes (マンドレイク Mandoreiku?) are a type of plant monster in the manga Delicious in Dungeon.

Anatomy and Appearance[edit | edit source]

Mandrakes typically resemble a man made out of roots.[1] They start off looking like a bulb that then grows roots, sprouts, 'eyes' and a 'mouth'. The roots then grow small bulbs at the ends with the 'head' portion also growing roots.[2]

Behavior and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

When pulled out of the ground, mandrakes let out a scream that causes anyone that hears it to have a mental breakdown and possibly die.[3] However, experienced foragers can easily kill one by cutting its head before it has the chance to scream.[4] Another method, which is said to make the mandrake taste better,[5] is to fasten a rope to a mandrake and then get an animal to pull it out, but this will unfortunately result in the animal's death.[6][7]

Culinary Usage[edit | edit source]

Mandrakes are edible, and can be used in a variety of recipes. Their heads are the most nutritious and supposedly delicious part.[8] They contain 1000 lemons' worth of mana.[9] The mana herbs used in the Roast Basilisk dish are actually just mandrakes grown using water spirits as nutrients.[10]

They have been used in the following dishes:

Other[edit | edit source]

There is an annual fair dedicated to them, where a competition is held to see who can grow the most human-like mandrake. The most symmetrical one with 'eyes' that are level, limb-like roots in the right places and good color will win[2]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mandrakes (Mandragora) are real plants but are poisonous so should not be eaten.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 15
  2. 2.0 2.1 Miscellaneous Monster Tales -1-
  3. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 6
  4. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 8
  5. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 23
  6. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 7
  7. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 17
  8. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 24
  9. Miscellaneous Monster Tales -4-
  10. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 20, p. 8
  11. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 3, p. 19
  12. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 4, p. 22
  13. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 5, p. 22
  14. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 33, p. 26
  15. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 35, p. 14
  16. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 40, p. 10
  17. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 43, p. 24
  18. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 55, p. 28
  19. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 56, p. 10


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