Fruit so luscious you’ll think your home is an orchard in late summer. Plates from the 1847 book “The Fruits of America: Containing Richly Colored Figures, and Full Descriptions of All the Choicest Varieties Cultivated in the United States”. Charles Mason Hovey, nursery man and seed merchant, author.

Mannings Elizabeth pear. Page 309.
Mannings Elizabeth pear. Page 309. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14596544387
Boston Pine strawberry
Boston Pine strawberry. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_fruits_of_America_-_containing_richly_colored_figures,_and_full_description_of_all_the_choicest_varieties_cultivated_in_the_United_States_(1848)_(14596230350).jpg
Crawford's late peach. Page 245.
Crawford’s late peach. Page 245. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14596512737
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Luscious fruit painted by Adriaen Coorte, a Dutch Golden Age artist who lived from 1665 to 1707.

Gooseberries on a Table. 1701
Gooseberries on a Table. 1701. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. via commons.wikimedia.org. Artwork in the public domain.
Three peaches on a stone ledge with a Painted Lady butterfly. 1693-95.
Three peaches on a stone ledge with a Painted Lady butterfly. 1693-95.  via nl.wikipedia.org. Artwork in the public domain.
Still life with five apricots. 1704.
Still life with five apricots. `1704. via fineartamerica.com. Artwork in the public domain.