In Stardew Valley, wine-making is a surefire way to make a profit, and it is debatably how most players become rich in the game. For the longest time, Ancient Wine and Starfruit Wine have been every player’s favored wines for they have made their mark in becoming two of the most profitable wines. However, the latest update introduced a new fruit wine that can be a potential contender for that position.
If you’ve been playing Stardew Valley for a while, you might be getting kind of weary planting the same crops over and over. A few fruits and vegetable crops were added for adept players who have been looking for fresher content — and nothing says “fresh” like a pineapple fruit.
Pineapples can grow all year long in the Ginger Island Farm but only they sprout their fruit in Summer in your Pelican Town Farm. Pineapple seeds, when planted on the ground, will mature after 14 days and regrow after 7 days.
How does one acquire one of these Pineapple seeds? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about this sweet and tangy fruit, so keep reading to find out!
Getting The Seeds
Unfortunately for beginners, obtaining the seeds will only be plausible for mid to end-game players. Having said that, this guide will also give you an idea of what to do when you’ve finally arrived at that period of the game. Here are the ways to do it:
A Bluebird Merchant that goes by the name, the Island Trader resides in Ginger Island. The bluebird sells different kinds of tropical-themed goods like Banana Saplings, Taro Tuber, and Pineapple Seeds. You may get a Pineapple Seed by exchanging 1 Magma Cap with the Island Trader.
Like all merchants and traders stationed in different locations in the game, the Island Trader has random products that get restocked every day. The Island Trader can be unlocked by purchasing the Trading Hut area from Parrots for 10 Golden Walnuts.
Dropped from Hotheads and Tiger Slimes
You can spot Tiger Slimes in the Volcano Dungeon and the Tiger Slime Grove. It’s easy to get to the Volcano Dungeon, but you may only access Tiger Slime Grove after offering 10 Golden Walnuts to Parrots. The Island West has a small grove where Mahogany trees grow and where these Slimes spawn. A bunch of these Tiger-stripped Slimes can also be seen on the northwest side of your Island Farm.
Hotheads also dwell in the Volcano Dungeon. Tiger Slimes are easier to kill, but with Hotheads, you need a high combat skill and a powerful weapon to defeat them because they are quite resilient. Once they hit their critical HP, they will go berserk and self-destruct while chasing after you.
Putting a Pineapple fruit in a Seed Maker will give you 1 to 3 seeds after 20 minutes in-game. Pineapple fruits are already cost-effective since they can regrow over time, but having Seed Makers that produce Pineapple seeds will allow you to plant a whole yard of Pineapples.
Pineapples can be grown the same way as other summer crops on your farm. As mentioned before, the Ginger Island farm can turn any seasonal crops into perennial crops. Therefore, if you want to turn your Pineapples into wine, it would be best to plant your Pineapple seeds there.
A Pineapple can sell for 300 gold as its base price and it’s not bad considering you can increase its price up to 660 gold each if you manage to produce Iridium-level quality ones. But how profitable can Pineapples really be compared to the other invaluable crops in the game? Let’s evaluate all their traits and decide which top-tier crop will reign in the end.
Pineapple vs Sweet Gem Berry
Sweet Gem Berry may be an unknown type of crop (not a fruit, nor a vegetable, as Wiki describes it) but that hardly matters if its selling price is 3,000 gold per piece — and that’s just the base price. If you plant them with fertilizers, you’ll get Iridium-quality Sweet Gem Berries that sell for 6,000 gold each!
One of its biggest downsides is its inability to regrow, which is where Pineapples prosper the most. Sweet Gem Berry is also quite pricey as it costs 1,000 gold each, and it has a really long growth time that takes almost one season. You can put a Sweet Gem Berry in a Seed Maker and it may produce 2 Rare Seeds. Amassing a good amount of Rare Seeds to fill your Greenhouse with Sweet Gem Berry can be quite tedious. But probably the most disappointing thing about Sweet Gem Berries is you can’t put them inside the Preserves Jar or Keg and turn them into Artisan Products. This unfortunately means you can’t turn Sweet Gem Berry into wine.
Pineapple vs Starfruit
Starfruit is also a seasonal crop that only survives in hot weather. Its base price is 750 gold each, but if you have the Tiller Profession, the price increases to 825 gold. Growing these crops into Iridium-level quality will earn you 1,500 gold each, and having the Tiller Profession will bump it up to 1,650 gold.
This fruit crop also can’t continuously grow after being harvested, but the good thing is you can turn it into Artisan Products. If you preserve a Starfruit in a jar, you will get a delicious Starfruit jelly that is worth 1,550 gold each and 2,170 gold if you have the Artisan Profession. Turning it into wine will earn you 2,250 gold as its base price, and it will become 3,150 gold with the Artisan Profession. If you age Starfruit Wine in a Cask, you will get Iridium Starfruit wine that costs 4,500 gold, and it raises to a whopping 6,300 gold each with the Artisan Profession.
Starfruit can make you earn a huge amount of money without a doubt, but it would be nice if you wouldn’t have to replant them now and then to save you the time and the hassle.
Pineapple vs Ancient Fruit
Now here comes the king of all fruit crops, the Ancient Fruit. These crops will take 28 days to grow (unless you speed them up using fertilizers) and they will continuously produce Ancient Fruits after harvesting them. You can sell Ancient Fruit for as low as 550 gold and as high as 1,210 gold. This guide will tell you more about the profits you’ll gain from growing Ancient Fruit crops.
Ancient Fruit still wins by a mile when it comes to cost-efficiency and profit. But having a variety in your crops can also be a good thing to avoid having a burn out from harvesting the same crop repetitively.
Making Pineapple Wine
In comparison with all the top-tier crops mentioned above, selling Pineapple on its own will not earn you a lot. Fermenting Pineapples into wine, on the other hand, can certainly give you a profit.
The step-to-step process below is for beginners who haven’t had the chance to pursue wine-making yet:
1. Harvest Pineapples from their bushes.
2. Put them inside Kegs.
3. Let them age in Casks for 56 days (a total of 2 seasons.)
If you haven’t picked a profession yet, you can choose the Artisan Profession to increase the income you’ll gain from selling aged Pineapple wines to a great extent. Having this profession will earn you as much as 2,520 gold per bottle of Iridium-quality wine. All in all, Pineapples are a great addition to all the valuable crops you can play or experiment with that will indubitably make you a fortune.