Ancient Seed Stardew Valley: Everything To Know

Stardew Valley offers players the chance to grow various crops. This guide is all about the Ancient Seed in Stardew Valley.

Ancient Seed Stardew Valley
Ancient Seed Stardew Valley

There are tons of crops and fruit trees to grow in Stardew Valley throughout the seasons. Out of all those, the Ancient Fruit is probably the most profitable and hard to grow if you don’t know what you’re doing. My guide will focus on the Ancient Seed in Stardew Valley.

There are four seasons – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Players can sow various seeds according to the season and harvest their yields. Certain crops – like the Ancient Fruit – can be grown in multiple seasons without fearing it turning bad.

Key Takeaways

  • Ancient Fruit is a highly profitable and versatile crop in Stardew Valley, with a long shelf life.
  • Obtain the Ancient Seed Artifact from various places in the prehistoric part of the Skull Cavern.
  • Receive the Ancient Seed recipe from Gunther and plant the seed in spring, summer, or fall, taking 28 days to grow.
  • Mature Ancient Fruit yields produce every 7 days and can be processed in a seed maker to increase supply.
  • Selling Ancient Fruit earns 550-1,120 gold; it can also be made into wine or jelly for profit.
  • Sweet Gem Berry is more profitable but more challenging to maintain, are harvested only once, and is hard to cultivate in large quantities.
  • Plant Ancient Seeds in spring for a continuous harvest, extending fruit yield until the end of fall.
  • Greenhouse planting allows Ancient Seeds to survive through winter, proving a valuable long-term investment.

How To Get The Ancient Seed?

Ancient Seed Artifact
Ancient Seed Artifact

There are several methods to obtain the Ancient Seed Artifact, which is distinguishable from the Ancient Seed. Dig up artifact spots, fish for treasure chests, or defeat bug enemies in the prehistoric Skull Cavern area for a chance to obtain it.

Note: The initial artifact for the Ancient Seed can’t be planted until you donate it to Gunther. He’ll exchange it for a seed and a starter recipe.

Gunther splash art
Gunther splash art

Once you acquire the recipe, plant the Ancient Seed on your farm to grow its fruit. While the seed can be bought from the Travelling Cart merchant for 100-1000g, the chances of finding it there are low. It’s more reliable to find the artifact and get the recipe. Using the seed maker with other produce offers a slight chance of regaining the Ancient Seed.

Also, check out our guide about how to make Truffle oil in Stardew Valley

How To Grow The Ancient Fruit?

Bunch of Ancient Fruit crops planted
A bunch of Ancient Fruit crops were planted
  1. Once you acquire the seed, plant it to grow the Ancient Fruit. It thrives in spring, summer, and fall, taking 28 days to mature and yielding fruit every 7 days once ripe.
  2. For maximum yield, plant in spring, letting it grow until fall. Winter halts growth, but a greenhouse can extend its lifespan, requiring time-based on your chosen path.
  3. Just water it daily and put scarecrows near your crops, so crows don’t attack them.
  4. I suggest you invest in sprinklers early in the game and place them accordingly.
  5. Getting the iridium sprinkler is extremely important as it waters 24 tiles around it.
  6. This will help you out a lot because, eventually, you will have tons of crops, and manually watering them can be a nightmare.
Farming level 9 rewards
Farming level 9 rewards

Players often wonder how to expand their Ancient Seed supply. Obtain a seed maker by reaching farmer level 9 or completing the dye bundle in the community center. Crafting the seed maker requires 25 wood, 1 gold bar, and 10 coal.

Place the Ancient Seed into the seed maker; although there’s a slight chance for mixed seeds, typically, you’ll receive 1-3 Ancient Seeds, a reliable outcome.

What To Do With Ancient Fruit?

You can sell the Ancient Fruit to Pierre
You can sell the Ancient Fruit to Pierre

The fully grown Ancient Fruit in Stardew Valley offers various rewards. Selling it can yield 550-1,120 gold, while turning it into wine boosts its value to 1,620-4,620 gold, depending on wine quality. Crafting jelly from the fruit is another selling option, making it the most profitable crop.

Comparatively, the Sweet Gem Berry yields more gold, but it’s harder to maintain and produces a single harvest. In my opinion, the Ancient Fruit proves more profitable as it yields continuously from spring planting until the end of fall, making it a valuable, enduring investment.

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My Recommendations

I recommend you go to the mines as often as possible. Watch the TV at the start of every day to see if your character is lucky, and depending on that, go to the mines. Go down as many levels as possible to make decent progress towards unlocking the Ancient Seed Artifact.

Another thing you need to keep an eye out for is the small worms sticking out of the ground. Always use your hoe on that spot to get various artifacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

In what season should I plant the Ancient Seed?

The Ancient Seed should ideally be planted in spring so you get the best results. Since it lasts through summer and fall, you can plant it in those seasons as well. However, I wouldn’t suggest planting the seed in the fall because it takes a full 28 days to grow, and a season has that many days.

Can I plant Ancient Seeds in the greenhouse?

Yes, you can plant the seed in the greenhouse to make it last through winter as well. As soon as you unlock the greenhouse, I suggest planting your fruit trees and the Ancient Seed in it so that you don’t have to worry about any of the seasons.

Should I invest in Sweet Gem Berries?

The Sweet Gem Berry is grown from a rare seed and gives a good profit once you harvest it. The only downside is that you can only harvest it once before the plant disappears. In the long run, the Ancient Fruit gives more rewards to the player and can be used almost all year.

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