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Cottage








(Labrusca)

In vine and fruit, Cottage resembles its parent, Concord, having,
however, remarkably large, thick, leathery leaves. It is noted also
for its strong, branching root system and canes so rough as to be
almost spiny. The fruit is better in quality than that of its parent,
having less foxiness and a richer, more delicate flavor. The crop
ripens from one to two weeks earlier than Concord. The good qualities
of the variety are offset by comparative unproductiveness and
unevenness in ripening. Cottage is recommended as an early grape of
the Concord type for the garden. This variety was grown from seed of
Concord by E. W. Bull, Concord, Massachusetts. It was introduced in
1869.

Vine vigorous, healthy, hardy. Canes rough, hairy, long, numerous,
dark brown; nodes enlarged; shoots very pubescent; tendrils
continuous, bifid. Leaves large, thick; upper surface dark green,
glossy, smooth or rugose; lower surface tinged with bronze,
pubescent; leaf entire with terminal acute; petiolar sinus deep
and wide; teeth shallow, wide. Flowers self-fertile, open early;
stamens upright.

Fruit does not keep well. Clusters of medium size, broad,
cylindrical, sometimes single-shouldered, compact; pedicel short,
thick with a few small warts; brush dark red. Berries of medium
size, round, dull black with heavy bloom, drop badly from pedicel,
firm; skin thick, tender, adherent with dark purplish-red pigment,
astringent; flesh juicy, tough, solid, foxy; good. Seeds free, one
to four, large, broad, blunt, light brown.





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