Catalogs today versus 1870
I was listening to "Gardeners' Questioning Time" from the BBC. A podcast. They were discussing gardening in the past. Anyway a catalog from a nursery called Scott's in Summerset, their 2nd edition catalog published in 1870 listed
1500 apple varieties
61 Apricot varieties
105 Cherries varieties
150 gooseberries varieties
2000 pear varieties
I guess the discussion of chemical or organic pesticides was often discussed in the 1870's.
Seems like as far as choice, we have gone downhill since the 1870's. Who would have thought that!? OK, maybe we do have that many cultivars around, but in one catalog? No, certainly not! This is only one catalog, out of many!
Also, I doubt we have 150 gooseberries, wow!
My guess are many are gone forever.
They used the term variety, and not cultivar, but either way, still impressive.