This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We notice thee says in the March number of the Monthly, that we say the Wild Goose Plum is "perfectly round and fully two inches in diameter." The true Wild Goose Plum, we have found a handsome, rather large, oblong, crimson variety, with a fine bloom. It is an inch to an inch and a half wide, and an inch and a half to two inches long.
We regret to say that the possessor of the original tree, and who first disseminated this fruit, sent out a number of worthless Chickasaw plums, some of which bear small, round fruit, similar in shape and size to the Damson. This, we conclude is the cause of the general and vast difference of opinion regarding this plum, which thee will find more fully set forth in the Country Gentleman of Dec. 2d. Thee will also find a few comments on this gentleman's character, under the head of " Scalawag Record," in G. W. Campbell's Catalogue for Spring, 1876.
In regard to our describing the Wild Goose Plum as round - it is true that the illustration in our "Retail Price List of Fruits for Spring of 1876 " depicts it as such. This illustration we purchased of Fish, of Rochester, and sent it to our printers. It is scarcely necessary to add that we experienced a feeling of mingled surprise and vexation, on receipt of the price lists, and finding the illustration so incorrect. By turning to page 6, of said price list, thee will find the Wild Goose Plum described as "medium to large, oblong; deep crimson with a blue bloom; juicy, sweet and good."
[In addition to the above we have the following from Mr. D. 0. Munson, of Falls Church, Virginia. - Ed. G. M.]
"I notice in the March number of the Gardener's Monthly an article in relation to the Wild Goose Plum. As there seems to be a difference of opinion in relation to the size and quality of said plum, I thought I would write you my experience in the matter. Six years ago I sent to Nashville, Tenn., for 30 trees of the Wild Goose Plum and last year was the first they fruited. Two or three bushels of the fruit from six of the trees were sent to the Washington, D. C, Market, and brought from $9 to $10 per bushel. I took a sample of the fruit to Mr William Saunders of the Agricultural Department, who pronounced it a good eating plum and ordered 50 of the trees. Mr. Saunders stated that he had received trees of this variety from two or three parties which had proved to be worthless. Several parties who purchased the fruit in market liked it so well that they have ordered trees from me. Mr. John Saul had them in bearing last year and the fruit was identical with mine. The plum is deep red in color, with a blue bloom, and is sweet and juicy; it is a little over an inch in diameter, and an inch and one-half in length.
D. 0. Munson. per J. M. T.