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.
Mr. F. J. M. Otto, Sandusky, Ohio, writes: "I sent you with to-day's mail an apple, the grafts of which were imported from Tyrol by Mr. Grass of this place. Name of apple, White Rosmarin. In Austria this apple is highly prized for its keeping qualities, its high flavor, aroma, and color. They bring in southern Tyrol from 15 to 25 cents each, for shipment to St. Petersburg. They grow there, in Tyrol, to perfection. I have grafted some old trees which bore here last year, very full, and every thing said about this apple proved true. The specimen I sent you is rather small, I have another specimen painted, which I will send you as soon as finished; this one I send you merely to taste. This apple grows stronger here than in Tyrol. It has done so well here and withal is such a delicate fruit for table or kitchen use, that I thought it might be of interest to you. Fruit, scions, or trees are not for sale".
[We regard this communication as very interesting, as probably fixing a foreign origin to a very common apple in the old German settlements about Philadelphia, known as the "sheep nose." So far as we can judge from a single specimen, and without the Philadelphia specimens immediately before us for comparison, the two are identical. It would appear also that this kind sometimes goes by this name in the Old World, so that even the name "sheep nose" may be an importation. At least an excellent German gardener in our office at the time we were examining it, without any inquiry from us, volunteered his expression of pleasure at seeing the "sheepnose" of his own land also in ours. - Ed. G. M].