This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is not often that new fruits not only stand the test of experience, but grow in popular favor. The Brighton Grape seems one of these few good things. It ripens about the same time as the Hartford Prolific, and may therefore be classed with the early varieties.
In the October or November number of the Gardener's Monthly, is given an opinion as is an opinion, as Mr. Bunsby would say, by the Editor. For every such opinion the amateur cultivator must be thankful. It had reference to the Brighton Grape, and pronounced it, after an extended comparison, one of the very best, if not the best. In less than a week's time after reading this article, I added eight more Brightons to my fifty-five other varieties. I was greatly disappointed in the Elvira, as a table grape. It may be fine for wine, but for the table it is worthless. Nearly every berry cracked open at the time of ripening the first season, and the past season the flavor was horrid.
[The Elvira was never recommended for anything but wine making. - Ed. G. M].
The grape referred to below by a correspondent is probably the Brighton. It is a really good table grape. The varieties of grapes are so numerous that it is not easy just now to name " the best." " I would like to know if the New Brighton grape is as fine a table grape as the originator claims, and will you recommend other early varieties for table use, as we wish to plant a new vineyard. We grow Catawbas and Concords in large quantities".
You remember last season after testing quite a number of grapes, you pronounced the Brighton the best of all. Every one, who, relying on your taste, planted largely of the Brighton last spring, in my humble estimation, will have reason to be grateful to you for an opinion, that lacked nothing of decision. To-day after testing the " Brighton" with the " Lady," "Martha," "Allen White," " Hybrid" and others, I would give the premium to the "Brighton." In the estimation of some it may be too sweet, but its flavor would compensate for that.
The Muscat Hamburg of the grapery, has three distinct flavors, but that of the Brighton, is equal to all of them combined. Its flavor reminds me of the old-fashioned peach preserves that my grandmother made some forty-five years ago.
Many thanks, sir, for your opinion of the Brighton grape, and for your free expression. You have done the lover of good grapes a favor, the magnitude of which, time alone can demonstrate.
[The opinion given was after testing a large number on one grower's ground near Geneva, N. Y. It would not be fair to assume that it would behave so well everywhere, and it is, therefore, well to know that it bears the same character at Madison. - Ed. G. M].