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.
This delicious new Grape is an accidental seedling, that sprung up in the garden of Mr. E. M. Peake, of Hudson, New York, and has been in bearing for the last five years. Specimens were shown, in 1856, at the annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society- - subsequently, at the recent biennial meeting of the American Pomological Society, and at the United States Agricultural Fair, in Philadelphia. It was described, and its history given, in the report of the Committee at the Rochester Meeting. Specimens received since that time, enable us to give a still more complete and accurate description.
Bunch, of fair size, about six inches in length, and very compact in form. Berry - Size, full medium, three-fourths of an inch long by five-eighths broad. Form, neither round nor oval, but obovate. Skin, thin, semi-diaphanous, greenish white, sometimes tinged with amber, and covered with a thin, white bloom. Flesh, very juicy, melting, and tender in texture without being pulpy. Flavor, rich, saccharine, and vinous, with a peculiar luscious aroma,-distinct from that of any other grape. Seed, small, usually two, often three or four, and rarely five, in each berry. Quality, "best." Maturity, middle of September. Leaf, scarcely of medium size, about seven inches long, and seven in width, very deeply lobed, and coarsely and sharply serrated; upper surface, light green, and slightly rough; under surface, overed with a thin, whitish down; nerves, prominent; petiole, rather slender.
The sterling merit of this new and very superior native variety, will cause it to be rapidly diffused over the country.
The entire stock of Mr. Brooksbank's Rebecca Grape was exhausted some weeks ago. He informs us that he will have plants in the autumn.
A valued correspondent reminds us that no figure of the Rebecca grape has been given in the pages of the Horticulturist. On examination we find this has been the case, owing to an accident to the best bunches we have received; and we now supply a cut, Fig. 1, copied by permission from Charles Down-ing's new book on fruits, which is a very fair representation, though the great compactness with which it grows can scarcely be said to be given].
Fig. 1. Rebecca Grape.
Mr. Brooksbank, of Hudson, has favored us with fine samples of Rebecca grapes from his own vines, surpassing in excellence any grape of open air cultivation we have tasted this season. Hothouse grapes are not required where and when such Rebeccas are plentiful.
Early York Peaches in cans, put up by George M. Stetson, of Camden, Delaware, near where they are grown in such perfection, may be ranked among the great winter luxuries. Mark the address of Mr. Stetson, and procure your stock at first hands. For a large supply we are indebted to W. S. Hilles, Esq., of Delaware.