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.
It would seem, from the great number of apples and pears in cultivation and named in the catalogues, that additions to the list were entirely useless, and yet, occasionally, a variety appears to command attention. A seedling pear tree in the nursery row on the grounds of Dr. Wm. A. M. Culbert, Newburg, N. Y., produced fruit this year which is very desirable in its variation from the old Seckel. It is in perfection the last week of October, after the Seckel has disappeared in the market; this young tree has fruit the size of Seckel; will probably average larger when the tree attains age; skin smooth and light russet, with bright red or crimson cheek; stem medium, calyx open in a slight basin ; flesh fine, buttery, yellowish white, sweet, with abundance of sprightly, rich, refreshing juice - not the honey sweet of the Seckel, from the seed of which it was grown. I think that another year will develop many good qualities in this variety.