Bug in 12.1.1 and possibly earlier versions

Acknowledged by WRI as an issue CASE:4617646.

(* "12.1.1 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (June 19, 2020)" *)

Entity["BasicFoodGroup", "Vegetables"]["Foods"];

Fails with

EntityValue::ctimeout : A computation timed out.

This works

Entity["BasicFoodGroup", "Dairy"]["Foods"];

Any workarounds? WRI was not able to provide one.


1 Answer 1


Since EntityValue determines the foods by finding the associated food types, and then finding the foods associated with each type, you can mimic this with:

dairy1 = Entity["BasicFoodGroup", "Dairy"]["Foods"];
dairy2 = Union @ Flatten @ EntityValue[
    Entity["BasicFoodGroup", "Dairy"]["FoodTypes"],

Union @ dairy1 === dairy2


So, you can obtain the foods associated with "Vegetables" using:

vegetables = Union @ Flatten @ EntityValue[
    Entity["BasicFoodGroup", "Vegetables"]["FoodTypes"],
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the explanation Carl. $\endgroup$ Sep 5, 2020 at 20:29

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