This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Of all the Winter apples we have seen none excel in profuse bearing the Smith's Cider. It is not a rapid grower, especially in the nursery, but it is a beautiful fruit, not of the highest flavor, but where it is known is a great favorite. Tetofsky I think will disappoint some of its planters. It is not a new apple, as I was informed about it from a fruit grower in Orange County thirty years ago, and on inquiry recently when there, was told it was a poor grower and a short lived tree, and was not now planted out by those acquainted with its habits.
I have been watching for three years the New Rochelle Raspberry raised by S. P. Carpenter of that place. It is quite distinct from any other variety in its manner of growth of cane and great productiveness of fruit. Of course we cannot tell how it will succeed in other than the rocky soil of Westchester, but hope it will have an extensive trial. The berry is purple, shaped like a wide spread thimble, and as good if not better than the Philadelphia, and as I have none to sell am impartial.
The Yosemite Plum, found among the Sierras of California, is a profuse bearer, of medium sized fruit, and seems to be curculio-proof. On two trees I saw loaded with plums, and each plum bearing the curculio's crescent, none had penetrated. The fruit is somewhat astringent, but if it elsewhere is proof it will be well worth planting.
In planting an orchard I consider the first requisite to be, does the variety grow well? The second, is it a good fruit and regular bearer? Third, is it a good apple to sell and of a large size ? I have many nice varieties but poor growers and too small to sell well. There are now plenty of varieties known to fill all these-requirements to select from.