This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
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The canning process has been brought to great perfection, and that of drying promises to become even more useful, when it shall have arrived at its utmost development, possessing the great advantage for transportation of reducing the weight three-fourths or more by the removal of water, and rendering it capable of shipment to all climes, and of being preserved perfectly for years. We need not fear an overstock, as many new ways will doubtless be devised for its use. The extent of this business is already immense, but I have been unable to procure any statistics. Six canning firms in California employ two thousand women and children, and turn out from one and one-half to two millions of dollars yearly in amount of goods. Figs and grapes are being extensively dried in California. The quantity of raisins already produced annually is estimated at 400,000 pounds or more. Although not yet equal in quality to those imported from Europe, it is believed that with further experience they will be produced of the highest excellence. Of dried fruits there were cured in that State, by the Alden Company alone, seventy-five tons. As time advances there will doubtless be many other modes introduced for utilizing any surplus of abundant seasons.
Well does a writer remark,"There ought to be a score of elegant and nutritious preparations in all our markets, thus adding to the variety of fresh and prepared fruits, and superseding the wretched pastry and other abominations now in vogue".