Mere size is not sought for in a good dessert fruit. One of the smallest of grapes - the Delaware - is one of the most profitable. Among pears, the small Seckel heads the list for popularity, and the Lady Apple brings better prices than any other because it is always welcome as a dessert fruit. We have had nothing of this class among peaches. We have had small peaches to be sure, but they are nearly all stone. Their sole merit has been in extra earliness.

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We have now the pleasure of introducing to our readers a new variety, which we think will take the same rank among peaches that the Lady does among apples. The stone is surprisingly small. We have seen nothing like it in all our experiences with peaches. It would be a great curiosity on this account even had it no other peculiarity. But it so happens that it is of delicious flavor, and it will therefore be welcome to the lover of gastronomic pleasure as well as to the mere hunter of curios. It is medium in size, of a golden apricot color, with rich red shading on the sunny side. The stone is free and the flesh sweet, melting, again reminding one of an apricot. The outline sketch is from a small specimen, the last on the tree of the season. Its time of ripening is with the Muscogee, Stephen's Rare Ripe, Croft's Golden Pine Apple. The Muscogee ripening at Charleston on the 10th of August. The figure of the stone is from one of the larger fruit that matured earlier in the season. It is a chance seedling, originating on the grounds of H. P. Walker, "The Postern," Summerville, South Carolina.

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We had thought to call this peach the Lady Peach, on account of the small size and superior quality - so suggestive of that famous apple - but for the assurance of the lady who sends it that this, the last of the crop, was smaller than any that have gone before. The next thought is in connection with the strongly marked apricot flavor. But we have already the "Abricotee," which, however, English and Americans persist in calling Late Admirable. But in that the apricot flavor is scarcely perceptible to many tastes. Downing could only say that "it is thought to have a slight apricot flavor." As the other is a French variety, and there is really no one with a pronounced apricot flavor, we have decided, with the permission of the raiser, to name it the American Apricot Peach.