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.
This variety seems to have many ups and downs. When first introduced from Europe, it was soon given up as worthless. Mr. Knox, of Pittsburg, gathered together all the varieties he could find for experiment, and found it the best. With his death, it in a manner disappeared from public attention. Now we find the following report of it in Mr. Roe's catalogue :
"The more I see of this berry the more I am impressed with its value. I doubt if it has been much surpassed by any of the new and highly praised varieties in localities where it succeeds. As a market berry, where it can be raised, it has no rival. Its superb beauty and size, and rich color, make most berries look common by its side. On Broadway it takes the lead. With me it is very productive, and I think it will amply repay good culture on all heavy soils. It •continues bearing till very late, and the berries •hold out large till the last. It should have a place in every collection. This variety has been more badly mixed than any in the country, but I have now a large pure stock of plants. The young plants are always small, feeble looking".