This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The English papers are, some of them, discussing whether vegetables are more used or more grown in England than America. One of them has a correspondent who writes under the belief that his country does not equal America, and backs himself by the following opinion :
"The reappearance upon our tables of Sea-kale and Asparagus - our only two eatable green-stuffs - naturally raises once more the perennial question, Why have we in England no vegetables? To doubt the fact is impossible - at least to anybody who knows what real vegetables are like. 'sir,' said an American stranger at a restaurant in the Strand one day, ' Sir, this is the one thing you can raise in your country and we can't in ours - a mutton chop ; but then you never tasted Green Peas in all your life.' "
It seems to be forgotten that the "intelligent traveller" is often the last person to know what he is talking about; and this "American stranger" is evidently no exception to this rule. As a pea-growing country America will not begin to compare with England. There are other vegetables which the English can raise far better than we can. But if we are to take things as a whole, we fancy the palm will be given to America - at least to the Northern United States and Canada. And there is no doubt but, setting aside a few items as potatoes, cabbage, turnips, and a few cool country kinds, the use of vegetables, as well as of fruits, is much more general in the new than in the old world.