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.
FROM Gov. R. W. Furnas, of Nebraska, we have three very fine photographic plates. One represents the buildings upon the fair grounds of the State Agricultural Society; the other two, from different stand-points, the display of fruit made by the State Horticultural Society in connection with the last (1872) fair of the State Agricultural Society. If these photographic views tell the truth, the display of fruit must have been magnificent on the occasion. We expect to see Nebraska at the "Hub," next September, with a collection of Pomona's gifts that will astonish the natives.
S. R. Moore, West Zanesville, Ohio, favors us with specimens of a small apple labelled "Little Pearmain," according to Elliott a synonym of Bullock's Pippin. Warder and Downing make it a synonym of the American Golden Russett. The apple is small, but has decidedly redeeming qualities. In describing it, we can do no better than to copy from Elliott:
" Size, small to medium; form, roundish, ovate, tapering much toward the eye; color, generally rich golden yellow, overspread with soft russett, and in sun a marbling of red; stem, slender; cavity narrow, regular; calyx, small, closed; basin, shallow, sometimes furrowed; flesh yellowish, tender, juicy, almost buttery, delicate, sprightly; core, large for size of fruit; seeds, full, ovate, pyramidal. Season, December to March."
Downing truly says of its quality: "One of the most delicious and tender apples, the flesh resembling more in texture that of a buttery pear, than of an ordinary apple."