This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We had a notice recently, credited to the Gardener's Record, in regard to the packing of American apples. In Covent Garden market, those from the United States had those on the top larger than those below, while those from Canada were the same in the barrels all the way through. This should have been credited to the Garden and not to the Gardener's Record. The kindly intended cautionary paragraph was from the personal investigations of Mr. Robinson. After all, it is the way of the world to put "the best foot foremost," and few are deceived. At the Centennial Exposition an English picture received great credit for its "fidelity to nature." Among other features in the picture a kitten had upset a basket of strawberries, and the way in which the whopping big strawberries "on top" went rolling a long way ahead of the little fellows at the bottom, was especially admired as being true to life. No one suggested, that ever we heard, that "topping over" was not an English strawberry practice, and that the artist had slandered his own countrymen; and from this experience it was rather unexpected to find a grumble when the American cousin imitated the example in the barrel of apples.
Still for all this, we commend the conscientiousness of the Canadian apple packer, and the industry of the London apple buyer in discovering it. It may be that the time will come when the true inwardness of all things will be conspicuous on the outer shell, and then those who began the reform will be blessed. For the present it would seem that the polish on the outside must be always expected.