The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1914 AKAROA FRUIT.
Speaking about; the culture of fruit on the Peninsula, Mr Courtier said that here in Akaroathe people thought tbey were too far from the railway. Hβ declared that in Southland fruitgrowers thought nothing of carting fruit sixty miles on rougher roads than on the Peninsula. In support of these remarks, we believe one resident in Piper's Valley finds it pays him to cart bis cream, over to Little River every morning',, where he sends it up to Ghrisicburch. He declares ftbit he bus made more by this method than if he sent his milk to the Barry'a Bay Factory as other tattlers do. Certainly Mr Courtier's remarks on the quality of our peaches make it seem a profitable game to try that fruit for marketing. With regard to the remarks in an article in the «' Prees" to effect that it would be foolieh to grow apples here for export, Wβ quite disagree. Mr Courtier and hi*-friends have Been Akaroa under most unfavourable conditions as far as ill pip fruita are concerned. Had they come down last year they would haw seen fine cropa of good clean fruit on every apple tree, and the time may be said of pear trees. With regard to tbo peecbee, this has
been a wonderful year for them, fchp best we think for twenty years. We nelieve peaches do very well here, biv ■he same may be saiv] of apples in most year?, and fcbeir culture for export is a most paying game. Piumß md peaches have been specially good this year, but tnlwig it all round they are not baiter grown here tban apples and pears, Cberrie9 and strawberries are also grown most successfully and other small fruit?, so that too much cannot be said of the district's fruitgrowing possibilities. It ig said that the apples and pears grown in South land have an especially good flavour, due to the frosts, and that this flavour cannot be obtained here, because the climate is not cold enough. Wβ be lieve that anyone who tastes a Cox Oranga Pippin, Stunner Pippin or Jonathan grown in Akaroa would be convinced that nothing can excel the flavour of locally grown apples.