Excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Volume 38, June
Under Difficulties—Bottled Apples
know that apples are canned or bottled, but this is after
they have been quartered and cooked. Some one, probably an
inventive boy, tried to bottle a whole raw apple, and the
engraving shows how he succeeded. A droll looking apple, and
you will no doubt ask how it was done?
apple was put into the bottle while still small enough to
pass through the neck of the ink bottle. But the apple was
not to be bound down and limited to the size of the glass
prison into which it had been thrust. The strong wall of glass
was burst open and the growing fruit has forced its way out
on one side in a singular manner, while a portion has literally
overrun the mouth. If the bottle had been larger there would
have been simply a change of shape to correspond to the form
of the bottle.
examples are interesting, and teach the power which a tender
but growing substance can exert. This shows us how we can,
to a certain extent, control nature, and on the other hand,
how every living thing is striving to reach a definite end,
and will succeed under ordinary circumstances, but when molested,
as in the case of the bottle and the apple, will approach
as near as possible to the regular established form.
bottle apples alive, you must use larger bottles or have smaller
apples, or the result will not be any more successful that
the one in the engraving.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published
in 1879. It describes what was recommended in accordance with
the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it,
please consider this fact.