Brittlewood and Stoddard Plums

Illustrated by D.G. Passmore
Printed by Gray Lith. Co. N.Y.
The Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture-1902

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903
Gould Library Government Documents

A chapter entitled “Promising New Fruits” appears in the 1902 Yearbook, written by the pomologist William A. Taylor. He writes of new varieties of fruits found in the United States, including the Brittlewood and Stoddard Plums:

Unlike the Brittlewood, which grew from planted seed, the Stoddard plum appears to have been a wilding. It was first brought to notice by B.F. Stoddard, of Jessup, Iowa, about 1875, who found it growing in the garden of Mrs. Caroline Baker, of that village. Mrs. Baker states that her husband secured the trees during the early settlement of the region at some point farther north, presumably in the woods, on the Maquoketa River…

Description: flesh deep yellow, translucent, tender, juicy; flavor mild subacid, rich; quality good.

William A. Taylor