This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This subject has often been discussed in the Gardeners' Monthly, the evidence favoring the belief that there is some influence of the male parent on the fruit, as well as on the progeny, after cross-fertilization. The subject has again come into prominence by the discussion on strawberries during the meeting of the American Pomological Society, and of which an abstract has just been published in the proceedings. If what is the general tenor of that discussion be true, it would not be worth any one's while to give an opinion of the merit of any new variety, for its character would depend on what kind grew along side of it. Now this may be true of a kind wholly pistillate, and which must have its pollen from some other kind. If it be true that in all cases the immediate fruit partook of the character of its two parents, there would be no escape from this conclusion, that there is no fixed character to a pistillate strawberry. But the facts on which the doctrine is founded are very few - by no means enough to warrant the general belief proposed.
What we want is, more careful experiment, not more arguments on the few we have.
In the case of Hermaphrodites there is absolutely no chance of any such variation from their normal character. Bees go from flower to flower on a bed, and not from one bed to the other till they have all they want from it. They are therefore pollenized by their own variety, and the few cases of crossing from another kind will be lost in the great whole.