Fruit Recorder and Cottage Gardener, 6(2): 25 (Feb. 1, 1874)

Bethlemite Apple on Crab Stock

The Iowa Homestead gives the experiments of J. L. Budd, in grafting the cultivated apple on the wild crab, which, as our readers know, is an entirely different species from the common apple, and the fruit very sour and astringent. He states that fifteen years ago he grafted the Bethlemite apple on this crab stock, with which it united well, and bore good crops of very fair fruit. But of late years, while the apples have the appearance of the Bethlemite, they partake largely of the "astringent pucker of the wild crab," and are unfit for eating."