This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
While absent from home last Fall, some specimens of this fruit were received from Mr. J. R. Stone. Our contemporary, the Country Gentleman - than whose Hort. Editor, J. J. Thomas, there is none more competent to give a fair opinion of a new fruit - thus speaks of it:
" The Stump apple has excited considerable attention of late years in the neighborhood of Rochester, and was briefly described in the Report of the Committees on Native Fruits at the. Winter Meeting of the Western New York Horticultural Society, in January, 187G. It is distinguished for its beauty of appearance and its great productiveness, and sells at a high price in market. It ripens about the middle of Autumn. The following is a description : Size medium or slightly above; form long conical, smooth and regular, obtusely and securely ribbed; skin smooth, striped, blotched and mottled with brilliant red on light, clear yellow ground, with a few large russet dots; stem quite short, in a narrow, even cavity; basin narrow and ribbed; flesh white,partly stained with pink, with a very good sub-acid, aromatic flavor - somewhat in its character like the Fameuse, and nearly as good.
This fruit resembles the Red Stripe of Indiana in several particulars, but the stem of the Red Stripe in the specimens we have examined is much longer than those of the Stump? This difference, however, often occurs between large and small specimens, the smaller having the longest stem, which might result from growing on older and more crowded trees. We give the above description to assist further investigation.
Dr. Warder, in speaking of the Red Stripe, says, ••Mr. Rockhill, of Fort Wayne, who introduced this apple, made more money from the trees than from twice as many of any other sort," in which respect it corresponds with the account of the Stump, which has proved eminently profitable as a market apple. It is impossible to pronounce on the distinctness or identity of the two apples when grown so far apart and in so dissimilar latitudes and soils as Rochester and Fort Wayne, by the mere examination of specimens".