Crops are the backbone of your farm in Stardew Valley: there’s plenty of room to grow them, the seeds are inexpensive, and they’ll feed you if you don’t have much energy yet. Before you can afford to own animals, you’ll be growing nutritious food from the soil and becoming a better farmer.
Once you’re able to craft Kegs and process your crops into juices and alcohols, your profits will go way up, especially if you have both the Tiller Profession (crops are worth 10% more) and the Artisan Profession (Artisan goods are worth 40% more.) Fruits are particularly valuable since they’ll become wines, which are almost always worth more. To make sure you don’t waste your previous Keg time, here are the five best fruits to use to get the best possible price for the fruits of your labor.
This might be a lesser-known fact, but Rhubarb is actually the most profitable Spring fruit, beating out Strawberry’s profit per piece. Strawberry does have the advantage of producing multiple Strawberries, but the seeds aren’t as widely available as Rhubarb is, only being sold at the Egg Festival. Rhubarb, however, is available all year round in the Desert Oasis shop, which is infinitely handy.
Shipping a regular Rhubarb will net you 220g, but that goes up to 923g when it’s turned into wine alongside the Artisan Profession. That’s over four times the amount of money just by letting it become alcohol. The best part? Rhubarb on its own is inedible, so you won’t accidentally eat it before putting it into a Keg.
Melon is a very common and accessible fruit that many farmers make serious bank off of, money that’s very much welcomed during your first Summer in the Valley. The great part about Melons is that planting nine in a square allows the possibility for Giant Melons to grow, one of three Giant Crops possible in the game (the other two being Cauliflower and Pumpkin.) These not only look amazing but generate 15-21 crops when destroyed, at least six more than the 3×3 spot it occupied.
Melon Wine is the most profitable of crops that can be bought at Pierre’s, so it’s good to take advantage all Summer long to maximize profit. The average Melon yields 250g each, but with both Tiller and Artisan professions, it can become a 1,050g bottle of wine. Aging this until it becomes Iridium quality doubles its value to 2,100g.
This new addition in update 1.5 is a great money-maker, though it requires access to Ginger Island. Pineapple Seeds are dropped by Tiger Slimes and Hot Heads in the Volcano Dungeon, but you can get more from the Island Trader in exchange for a Magma Cap mushroom.
Growing a Pineapple from seed to harvest takes 14 days, and seven days to regrow another Pineapple. Since they’ll grow indefinitely with water and the heat of Ginger Island, you’ll be able to have as many Pineapples as your heart (or wallet) desires. Pineapple wine has a base sell price of 900g, or 1,260g with the Artisan Profession. Iridium-quality Pineapple wine fetches a price of 2,520g per bottle, which sounds as sweet as the drink itself.
Getting your hands on Ancient Fruit is tough but well worth it, especially if you can fill an entire Greenhouse with Ancient Fruit plants. They will constantly yield fruit, so all you’ll have to is harvest and never worry about planting new seeds. There are several ways of obtaining this valuable relic of the past:
- Museum Reward: Finding and donating the Ancient Seed artifact will result in Gunther rewarding you with Ancient Seeds that you can plant any time of the year except winter. Many players choose to plant them in the Greenhouse so they will produce more fruits and won’t die from frost. Once you’ve donated an Ancient Seed to the museum, Gunther also gives out the recipe to convert the artifact into plantable seeds, super useful if you find more seeds.
- Seed Maker: Every time you put any crop (except Ancient Fruit) into the Seed Maker machine, the game has a 0.5% chance of producing Ancient Seeds instead of the crop you put in. A rare but fun little surprise!
- Traveling Cart: Everyone’s favorite smuggler always has something useful up her sleeve, and this is no exception. Always remember to check every Friday and Sunday, as there is a 1.26% chance she’ll be carrying Ancient Seeds from 100-1,000g. What a deal!
Since it is inedible, there’s no better way to use Ancient Fruit than turning it into wine. So how much does it yield? Base price with the Artisan Profession is 2,310g, and Iridium-quality yields 4,620g per bottle! If you have a full Greenhouse of Ancient Fruit (minus 4 for Iridium Sprinklers) and turn them all into Iridium-quality wine, you’ll earn 535, 920g, over half a million just from one harvest and aging.
After gaining access to an infinite supply of Starfruit Seeds from the Oasis shop, you’ll be raking in money faster than you can spend it. They can also be found at the Traveling Cart, and one pack of seeds is given by Gunther as a Museum reward if you can’t wait to unlock the Desert, and nobody would blame you.
On its own, the average Starfruit yields 750g, but what if it is turned into wine? An impressive 3,150g with the Artisan Profession, with a possible maximum of 6,300g if it’s aged to be Iridium-quality. Multiply that by a few hundred, and you’re basically Scrooge McDuck swimming in money.
Only one crop in the whole game sells for more, but the Sweet Gem Berry cannot be made into wine, so it falls short. Starfruit also grows faster, taking 13 days in comparison to the Sweet Gem Berry’s 24 days. Starfruit is absolutely the way to go. After all, it has “star” in the name, so how could it ever be bad?
Next: Stardew Valley: 5 Best Crops To Grow In Summer (& 5 Worst)
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Hayley Mullen is a writer, composer and gamer from Toronto. While at school, they worked as a radio show host playing video game jams during the prime studying hours of 12-2 am. Having played over 700 hours of Pokémon Emerald, they are a true lifetime fan of the series. When not gaming, Hayley enjoys embroidery, poetry, and reading mystery novels.
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