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 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".