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.
WE herewith present an illustration of the Chenango Strawberry Apple. Our attention was called to this apple in the summer of 1869, by Mr. J. H. Giving, whose orchard is near this city, for recognition. We knew it not, nor any one else hereabouts. We took specimens to the meeting of the American Pomological Society, at Philadelphia. It was not recognized there by either Warder or Elliott, but Mr. Barry pronounced it the Chenango Strawberry. Mr. Seth E. Hall, of Franklinville, N. J., who was present, said he knew the apple - that it originated near his old home, in Chenango county, N. Y.
We have paid a visit to Mr.G.'s orchard, regular, at the season of maturity, and have annually found both tree and fruit without a blemish. The tree itself is a model, hardy, a rampant grower, and produces a heavy crop of fruit annually; skin thin, of a yellowish cast, smooth and glossy, splashed and streaked with carmine red; flesh white, exceedingly tender, and fine grained, juicy; flavor mild sub-acid. Great beauty and fine flavor make this apple a favorite for the dessert wherever known. This apple should be grown only for family use and a near market. Its season is short (early September), and the fruit perishable, on account of its great delicacy of skin and texture; should be taken from the tree as soon as ripe.