Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 3
June 2007
 
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Excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 9, September 1879.

A Talk About Strawberries

"Hudson's Bay," "Crimson Cone," "Keene's Seedling," "Methven Scarlet," "Baltimore Scarlet," and a few others were the varieties with which our strawberry experience began. It would be difficult to find either of these now. Then came "Hovey's Seedling"- and what an improvement it was upon all others! We had strawberries then with a strawberry flavor, and whoever had the "Hovey" knew what a strawberry should be.

 
We do not often see or hear of this variety now, but where is its equal? Does the present generation, except those who now and then get a taste of a wild strawberry, know how a strawberry ought to taste? Isn't it about time to give up the musk-flavored berries of the "Triomphe de Gand" order, or the great, coarse, sour things with no special flavor whatever (we could name a dozen to which this description applies), and try to raise strawberries, not for size, but for quality?

As we look back upon the past thirty years of strawberry culture, we can see no improvement in the direction of quality. Now and then a variety has appeared, like "Brooklyn Scarlet," "Boston Pine," or "Burr's New Pine," of superior excellence as to flavor, but lack of productiveness, lack of size, or lack of something, has caused them to be dropped from cultivation.

Whoever will give us a fruit equal in all respects to Hovey's Seedling, without its faults, will be a benefactor to his race - at least that portion of it who remember how strawberries should taste.

  The Glendale Strawberry
Fig. 1. -- The Glendale Strawberry.

The Golden Defiance Strawberry
Fig. 2 -- The Golden Defiance Strawberry.

Excerpt from American Agriculturalist, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 9 , September 1879.

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.



 
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