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.
I send you two apples by mail - Bentley's Sweet - which you will see described by Downing. I don't remember ever seeing it mentioned in my nurseryman's list or catalogue, and presume it cannot be in general cultivation. I got it from Ohio. Downing says it is a Virginian.
It comes up so fully, as I think, to the requirements of a first-class apple, that I am induced to send you a specimen for your criticism. It is the most perfect bearer I ever saw ; bears heavy crops of the most perfect apples. The fruit is so regularly distributed all through and over the tree, that every apple has a full chance for development. The tree makes a regular symmetrical head, with no crowding of the branches. The fruit is borne on spurs and small branches on the large limbs, and out on the limbs, and nowhere in clusters, consequently giving the entire crop a chance to become perfect. It promises to be an excellent keeper - is just now beginning to ripen.
While it is a sweet apple, it is still remarkably sprightly, as you will discover from the specimens. They may not yet be as ripe as they should be to have their best flavor. I should say, too, that the tree bears very young.
[This came to hand on the 20th of February. The apples were in first-rate condition, and had the appearance of being able to keep a long time yet. Though a sweet apple, it compares favorably with many Baldwins, which are the popular table apple of this section at this season, and perhaps would suit some tastes better. It ought to become a standard variety. - Ed. G. M].
Mr. Kalb says: " My article in the Gardener's Monthly on the Bentley's sweet apple has a slight typographical error. 'My nurseryman's catalogue' should read any nurseryman's catalogue. The error is a very small one, but it makes the sense very different from what I intended".