# I'm hitting my front with my back

I'm green.
I'm brown.
I cannot be eaten.
I'm yummy.
I'm hot.
I'm cold.
I'm hitting my front with my back.


What am I?
(EDIT: Hint 3)

hint 1:

hint 2:

you'll probably see me in a refrigerator, on a stage or on a plate

hint 3:

I'm referring to 4 things that shares the same name, 1 being musical and 3 edible!

This is a longshot, but my guess is:

Drumstick (musical drumstick, chicken drumstick, drumstick tree, ice cream treat drumstick)

I'm green.

There is a plant called a "Drumstick Tree" that is quite green.

I'm brown.

The skin of a chicken drumstick, a musical drumstick, the ice cream treat, and the bark of the drumstick tree are all brown.

I cannot be eaten.

A drumstick for music is not edible. Many parts of the drumstick tree don't have culinary uses.

I'm yummy.

A chicken drumstick is definitely yummy though, as is the ice cream treat. Also, the fruit, seeds, and leaves of the drumstick tree have culinary uses.

I'm hot.

Chicken drumsticks are served hot and so are the fruit and seeds of the drumstick tree.

I'm cold.

Drumstick tree leaves are served cold on salads. The ice cream treat is definitely cold.

I'm hitting my front with my back.

You hit a drum ("front" of the word) with a stick ("back" of the word)!

Hint 2 & 3

Hint 2: The fruit, leaves, and seeds of the drumstick tree are refrigerated and the ice cream treat is frozen. A musical drumstick is used on stage. A chicken drumstick is often served on plate. Hint 3: There is one musical use for drumstick (drums), and three for edible (chicken, drumstick tree, ice cream treat).

• This actually looks pretty plausible! Feb 3, 2017 at 9:17
• andddddd we've a winner!
– Alex
Feb 3, 2017 at 15:36

Tea!!

I'm green.

Green tea is a very popular style.

I'm brown.

Many herbal teas have a brownish color after steeping.

I cannot be eaten.

But you can be drunk!

I'm yummy.

Many people love the taste of tea.

I'm hot.
I'm cold.

Hot tea and iced tea are both acceptable.

I'm hitting my front with my back.

The front of "tea" is the letter "t". When you add the back - the "ea", the word "tea" is pronounced the same as the letter "t". So "with the back" the word hits the front. (This one's a stretch.)

• I think this is right but not sure about the last one Jun 23, 2016 at 20:36
• Yeah, I'm not sure about the last one either, but thanks for the vote of confidence! Jun 23, 2016 at 20:38
• This is not the answer but you're going the right direction, esp the way how you come up with the last line.
– Alex
Jun 23, 2016 at 20:41
• @Alex maybe the wordplay tag is appropriate then? Jun 23, 2016 at 20:44
• @BeastlyGerbil I was thinking to add it but was afraid to make it too obvious, guess i will add it
– Alex
Jun 23, 2016 at 21:03

An acorn?

I'm green.

When unripe

I'm brown.

When ripe

I cannot be eaten.

Because of the hard shell

I'm yummy.

The inside of acorns are actually very nice

I'm hot.
I'm cold.

From this website...

-hot leaching acorns is fast (relatively) and easy
-hot leached acorns aren't appropriate for flour as they won't bind to form a dough once the nuts have been heated at more than 150 F
-hot leached acorns may still produce a dark liquid even after being leached of all bitterness, so rely on your taste buds rather than the color of the leaching water

-cold leaching acorns is slow and more labor intensive
-cold leached acorns make a flour that will bind in a bread dough but should still not be used 100% in place of wheat flours; it contains no gluten and will not rise

I'm hitting my front with my back.

Not sure, something to do with the cap?

• Not the correct answer but good guess!
– Alex
Jun 23, 2016 at 20:40

This should satisfy all the criteria even if I'm not fully convinced ...

Pepper

I'm green.

Green peppers are pretty green.

I'm brown.

Peppercorns? Also the unreleased, but leaked single by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

I cannot be eaten.

Please don't eat the musicians ...

I'm yummy.

Green peppers are indeed tasty.

I'm hot.

Spicy or cooked, take your pick. Or in the name of the band.

I'm cold.

Peppers can be refrigerated. There was also a song by RHCP called "Stone Cold Bush"

I'm hitting my front with my back.

The second syllable of "pepper" starts with the letter P, as does the word itself. This is the party about which I'm unsure.

Hint 2 (and 3):

Refrigerator: green pepper, Stage: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Plate: Peppercorn, ground pepper, etc. 3 things that share the same name, 1 musical and 2 edible.

• Would've been an alternative answer if the last one fit. Not the answer buy very good guess!
– Alex
Feb 2, 2017 at 20:06