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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

The Southland Daily News, Friday, April 27, 1894

The Southland Daily News, Friday, April 27, 1894,

said: "The Californians had over 15,000,000 of fruit trees, besides 225,000 [unclear: ac] vines. In 1890 they supplied the wants of a quarter of a million of fruit-eating [unclear: p] and in addition, shipped

Fresh fruits 87,277,430
Dried fruits 43,811,450
Raisins 28,860,920
Canned fruits 80,465,080

This in addition to making 17,000,000 gallons of wine. There was no country which the climatic conditions were so favourable or had, in proportion to its [unclear: s] large an area of land suited for the production of good apples as New Zealan[unclear: d], trees were early and abundant bearers, the fruit large, handsome, rich in [unclear: flaroz] of quality equal to anything that could be grown in any part of the world. Th[unclear: e] could be grown upon almost any soil—except peaty on the one hand and ver[unclear: y] clayey on the other—which allowed extension of the roots to a considerabl[unclear: e] the most suitable soil being a deep rich calcareous loam. Apple culture wa[unclear: s], fore, bound to become a source of wealth to this country, as the fruit could b[unclear: e] in so many ways—for home use, cider-making, drying by evaporators and [unclear: ex] If practicable apples should be picked on a moderately cool day and placed in [unclear: a] ately cool shed protected from the sun in which case they would not gather [unclear: mci] page 9 [unclear: ing] given some valuable hints as to the storage and packing of fruit, evaporation [unclear: nning], Mr. Blackmore said it might be