Ref: AI023, 1870, Anne Pratt
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Antique illustration of Fruit first published circa 1870, republished 2017.
Types of fruit illustrated are:
1. Common or Red Currant
2. Tasteless Mountain Currant
3. Black Currant
4. Common Gooseberry
- Red Currant: Clusters drooping; bracts very small; leaves with five blunt lobes. Plant perennial. Several varieties of this plant are found apparently wild, in one of which the flowering clusters are erect, but the fruit is pendulous; and in another both flowers and fruit are upright; but in the ordinary form of the plant both flowers and fruit hang drooping from the bough. The shrub, though found growing without culture in many parts of this kingdom, especially in hedges near houses, is hardly to be considered truly wild, though some writers are of the opinion that this is a native fruit. ..The red currant, besides having many other uses, is of great value for jellies, and the white and red currant were formerly used in wine, when home-made wines were more general than they are now.'
- Tasteless Mountain Currant - This currant grows in woods and hedges in the north of England, but is scarcely wild in Scotland. Both leaves and flowers are very small. The currants are red. It is flower in April and May.
Black Currant - Clusters loose, drooping, with a single stalked flower at the base of each.. This species is found in woods and river-sides in various places, and though probably not a native of Britain, the time of it's introduction is unknown. It is quite a distinct species, and has no tendency to produce varieties. In Kent it;s fruit is commonly called gazel; but Coles, writing in 1657, says the white currant was in Kent called Gozill. It is a very common plant in the woods of Russia and Siberia, where wine is made of berries only, or is fermented with honey, and sometimes with spiritous liquor.
Gooseberries - Gooseberries are of various colours - white, yellow, green, and red. Some of our richest flavoured fruits are of the yellow kind; the red gooseberries are usually more acid than the others, but there are many varieties in all the colour. We need not comment on their uses for tarts, puddings, and preserves. The fresh fruits are valuable additions to the desert, and a sparkiling wine of crystal clearness, known in country places as English Champagne, is made of the gooseberry.
- The Flowering Plants of Great Britain, Anne Pratt
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