The Bassett Plum is receiving encomiums at the West. Prof. Budd speaks well of its doings at Ames, Iowa, and doubts whether it is a variety of Prunus maritima. Stark & Co., of Louisiana, Missouri, have this to say of the relative value of the fruit for that section :

"A remarkably prolific variety. While it is not of first quality, it is good, and bears abundant crops and is practically proof against the curculio. Fruit small; deep crimson with a heavy bloom ; sweet, rich, and pleasant. Ripens last of September and will bear shipment in perfect condition, almost any distance. The great value of this plum is for culinary uses - it has no equal for dessert - for which it is superior to the cranberry, as it requires very little sugar, and needs only a little cooking to prepare it for use".