Anything that you could possibly use for food is a comestible, a synonym of "edible." It can be used as a noun ("We shopped for comestibles") or an adjective ("It looked awful, but was comestible").

The word comestible, a rather formal-sounding word for food, has its roots in the Latin word comedere, which means "to eat up." Since comestible shares a background with the word consume, you will hopefully remember its meaning. Comestible was first recorded in the 15th century, and it bounced around as an adjective before becoming a noun in the 19th century.

Definitions of comestible
  1. adjective
    suitable for use as food
    synonyms: eatable, edible
    fit to kill, especially for food
    non-poisonous, nonpoisonous, nontoxic
    safe to eat
    pareve, parve
    containing no meat or milk (or their derivatives) and thus eatable with both meat and dairy dishes according to the dietary laws of Judaism
    capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal
    palatable, toothsome
    acceptable to the taste or mind
    easy to cut or chew
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    inedible, uneatable
    not suitable for food
    not safe to eat
    digested with difficulty
    not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
    resistant to cutting or chewing
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  2. noun
    any substance that can be used as food
    synonyms: eatable, edible, pabulum, victual, victuals
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    eatables (especially sweets)
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
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