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.
A description for your columns of this valuable new fruit the Sharpless Seedling Strawberry, may not be amiss.
This berry was raised from mixed seed of the Jucunda, Charles Downing, Wilson and Colonel Cheeny, by Mr. J. K. Sharpless. From the first fruiting, it has attracted the attention of all in this vicinity, who know the qualities of a good Strawberry. The plant is immense; foliage very dark green and at present writing (July 15th), shows no sign of sunburning; so common in most varieties. It is very productive. The fruit stems are large and stout, and generally have on fifteen to eighteen berries. The berries are very large; far surpassing the Great American, when grown side by side. A fruit stem with five ripe berries, one measuring twelve and a fourth inches in circumference, and weighing two and a half ounces; and the other four from the size of a hiekory nut to that of a walnut were placed in alcohol and sent from Berwick in this county, to the Paris Exhibition. Berries six inches in circumference, and weighing one ounce have been very common. They are very large to the last. My last picking, four quarts, contained three one ounce berries. The color is bright cherry red, smooth and waxy, resembling the Jucunda. Flesh solid, firm, sweet and delicious.
The berries, or young plants, are inclined to be irregular, and it is the only objection we could find to the Sharpless; but even this is hardly noticed the second year, when the plant is loaded with fruit.