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.
Mr. J. B. Moore sends some samples of asparagus in bunches of twelve stalks each, weighing respectively 1 lb. 10 oz., 1 lb. 12 oz., 1 lb. 10 oz., and 1 lb. 8 oz. We may remark for the information of those sending asparagus long distances, that it should not be packed too wet. Asparagus is succulent. It has moisture enough - all that is needed is to prevent its evaporation, not to add to its quantity.
We have, since the above was written, the following note from Mr. Moore :
" In regard to the asparagus, we are sorry the specimens reached you in so poor a condition. It was the quality, uniformity of color, etc, that we desired you to see and test more than anything else. You note that the bunches weighed about one and one-half pounds. In regard to the size, we would say that on June 10th, last, we exhibited specimens before the Massachusetts Horticultural Society that weighed three pounds and over to the bunch of twelve stalks. 'Moore's Cross-Bred ' asparagus is perfectly distinct from other varieties, and excels in size, quality, uniformity of color, and large yield".