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.
The foreign market for our fruits is now as well established as that for our wheat. Competent judges unite in the opinion that the European and Australian markets are prepared to take increasing quantities of fresh and dry fruit if landed in good condition. Australia and Germany will consume immense quantities of dried fruits, but England prefers fresh fruit.
There have been shipped to foreign ports from this country since last October three hundred and ninety-six thousand barrels of apples. In December last (1876), there were sent on an average over twenty thousand barrels per week, or ninety thousand barrels for the month. These consisted mostly of the Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening and Newtown Pippin. The English like red apples best, and so it has been from the reign of Henry VIII, red apples generally commanding the best price. A decided preference is given to American apples. The English market can take from twelve to fifteen thousand barrels per week, and shipments sell readily, varying in price from three dollars and fifty cents to ten dollars per barrel.
(To be continued).