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.
New Foreign Grape, "Welcome." - Mr. James Ricketts, Newberg, N. Y., writes: "I send you, this day, by express, pre-paid, one bunch of my new exotic seedling Grape, Welcome, so named by the Examining Committee of the American Pomological Society, last year, in Baltimore. It is a seedling of the Pope Hamburgh, fertilized by the common Hall Muscat. A good setter and splendid growth, foilage like Hamburg. I will send you a few grapes of the old Black Hamburg, for comparison, that was raised in the same house. I think it outranks any of the old varieties for .flavor. If you can get any of the different kinds I wish you would make a comparison. I will send you one of the vines this Fall for trial. The fiuit I send have been ripe over one month in a hcuse.
[The Black Hamburg Grape sent for comparison was a very poor specimen of that variety. Fortunately, Mr. Riukett's new seedling does not need comparison, having positive merits of its own. We have rarely tasted a foreign Grape with more honeyed sweetness. The berries are in size about as the Black Hamburg, and the bunch is wide at the top, tapering rather suddenly to a long slender point. The berries are rather loose on the bunch. So far as the character of the fruit is concerned, it may be regarded as a valuable addition to our meagre list of first-class vinery Grapes.