In season: August, September, and October.

The Peach is supposed to be a native of Persia, and was introduced into England about the middle of the sixteenth century. The peach and the nectarine are only varieties of one species of almond. The two fruits have been known to grow on the same tree without grafting. Both are divided into two kinds: the free stones, the flesh of which parts readily from the stone; and the cling stones, the flesh of which adheres to the stone. The earliest peach is the Red Nutmeg, which ripens in July. The Grosse, Mignonne, Belgarde, and Barrington are good peaches.

The best nectarines are the Ebruge, the Violette native, and the white nectarine. These fruits are very wholesome.

Constituent parts in llb.

Oz.

Grs.

Water...

11

431

Malic acid . . .

0

126

Colouring matter

0

78

Albumen ....

0

12

Oz.

Grs.

Dextrin (gum) . .

0

317

Ashes...

0

14

Sugar...

2

241

Cellulose ....

0

123