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.
An unintentional blunder was made last month in advertising Dr. Taylor's new Grape, which we regret, and desire to correct, since it may put him to no little inconvenience. The heading of one of Mr. Robison's letters was mistaken for the advertisement, and inserted at the wrong time. Dr. Taylor will not send out the Cuyahoga until next fall, and in the mean time will exhibit the fruit at our leading Horticultural and Pomological Societies. Due notice will be given of the time, price, Ac. We think Dr. Taylor can rely on our "Porno-logical taste," as pertaining to the grape. It has been put to some pretty severe tests, and, so far as we remember, never succumbed to anything but the Charter Oak. That was a little too much for us.
We stated last month that we expected matured specimens of this grape. They came duly to hand, and even exceeded the expectations we had formed of it from the first sample received, which was not fully ripe. We have had a fine drawing made, which we expected to give in the present number as a wood cut, but have concluded to keep it for a frontispiece for our January number. We only say for the present that it will, in our opinion, take its place among our best native grapes, and our friends need have no hesitation in adding it to their list. It is an unmistakably fine grape.
We have selected this fine new grape as a Frontispiece to our January number; the plates, fortunately, were beyond the reach of the fire. It is the best executed lithograph of a grape that we have yet seen, and does our artist great credit. Its history, as far as we can learn it, is as follows: Mr. Wemple, some ten years since, saw a seedling grape vine, a few inches high, coming up between the steps of a store in the town of Euclid, took it up, and carried it home. Afterward parting with his farm, he carried a layer of the grape to hispresent residence in Collamer, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, whence its name.
The Cuyahoga, we think, will prove a valuable addition to our list of hardy table grapes. The bunch figured in our frontispiece is of medium size, but the size of both the bunch and the berry will increase as the vines acquire age. The time of ripening we judge to be about ten days earlier than the Isabella; it is said to be fully two weeks earlier. If this be so, its value will be greatly enhanced. It is also said that it is free from rot, that it ripens its fruit uniformly, and that the berries hang well on the bunch. At present there is but one full-grown vine, and a friend who saw this when out West, assures us that it is productive.
The following is our description: Bunch, medium to large, shouldered, compact," (will be larger than our specimen in matured vines.) Berries, medium to large, round, covered with bloom. Pulp, melting, juicy, sweet, with a fine musky flavor. Color, pale yellowish green, tinged with amber when fully ripe. Quality, best.
It has a trace of what is called the native aroma, but not offensively so even to the fastidious, but when fully matured, like the specimens last sent us, it is delicately spicy, and free from pungency and acidity. We have had a vine of it for a year past, and found it a vigorous grower, with short-jointed wood and leaves of much substance, closely resembling the Isabella, of which we think it is a seedling. The color of the fruit does not militate against this view, since many undoubted seedlings from the Isabella produce green-colored fruit. We may as well state here, that it is our purpose to discard the use of the word white as applied to grapes that are green. There can be no good excuse for such a perversion of words; we can describe grapes that are not black without such an impropriety.