This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
EXPERIENCE has demonstrated that the pear withstands the vicissitudes of the climatic influences of California, even better than the apple; and that its culture in all parts of the State has met with complete success. It is undoubtedly better fitted to the warm sunshine of our long summers than the apple, though the latter may find its genial position at heights among the foothills and mountains where the pear would not as well succeed.
Warm, sunny France has ever been the home and paradise of the pear, and from there we derived all of our best varieties, until at last a few kinds were originated in our own Atlantic country, worthy of a place in the catalogues of good pears. With our climate, so strikingly genial for the growth of this excellent fruit,,we ought to originate at least a few new varieties equal to the best, and we hope pomologists will turn their attention to this subject.
The pear, particularly the autumn and winter varieties, will bear transportation better than the apple, and bring a higher price both in the home and Eastern markets. Indeed, it has already become an export fruit for the European market and one which will increase as the qualities for export shall become more fully developed by experiment, and the tastes of consumers consulted.
Of all fruits, perhaps no one is better adapted to general use, as an article of food. Its inviting appearance, sprightly vinous flavor, sugary, melting, aromatic taste and nutritious ingredients, both in its fresh and cooked state, should commend this fruit to an increased and extensive cultivation. - Pacific Rural Press.