This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
-- This is the old established standard variety of Red Currant. Very prolific, of fine large bunches of most beautiful crimson berries.. A splendid variety for home use, and excellent as a market fruit.
* Fay's Prolific
-- This has fully sustained the broad claims which were made for it by the disseminator upon its introduction; and it is decidedly the best Red Currant we have. It has been widely planted, and has given general satisfaction. The bush is a strong grower, wonderfully prolific, and comes into bearing early. Fruit large, bright red, and of good flavor, and less acid than Cherry. Those who want a prolific Red Currant should plant this variety. Grown extensively for market.
-- A cross from White Grape and Fay's Prolific; the color is a beautiful bright red. Size as large or larger than the Fay, the clusters averaging longer. The size of berry is well maintained to the end of the bunch. The Perfection has a long stem from point of attachment on the bush to the first berry, making it easy to pick without crushing any of the berries. The Perfection is a great bearer, resembling its parent the White Grape in this respect. The plants should be kept well cultivated and fertilized, as should all heavy bearers. Quality; rich, mild, subacid, plenty of pulp with few seeds. Less acid and of better quality than any other large currant in cultivation. Valuable for market purposes.
* Red Cross
-- This is undoubtedly a valuable addition to our good varieties of Currants and is well spoken of by all who have seen the fruit. Jacob Moore, the originator, says: "Red Cross clusters are long and have well necked berries, double the size of Victoria, and far superior in quality to Cherry or Victoria. Nothing will compare in quality with Red Cross but White. Dutch, which is too small. Red Cross was first fruited in 1889. I have seen the fruit growing in such masses as to hide the upper branches from view. It is later than Cherry; the plant makes twice the growth of Cherry, and yields two or three times as much fruit. I recommended it with confidence. I consider Red Cross one of the best of the new Currants." Good for home and commercial use.
-- This is the latest variety we have in Currants, ripening ten to twelve days later than the Cherry. Especially desirable for home use, and also valuable as a market berry, its lateness extending the season for fruit.
-- This grand variety is grown very extensively for market. One of the strongest growers and most productive. Bunch and berries very large, bright, attractive red color, even when dead ripe; hangs on bushes in fine condition for handling as late as any known variety. Compared with the celebrated Fays, is equal in size, with longer bunch, better in quantity, with much less acidity; ripens at same time, continues on bush much longer, fully as prolific, in some trials largely outyielding it, also valuable for table use.