"In different parts of the garden were trees with fruit on them for the guests. Some of them were real masterpieces of the gardener’s art, which has been so perfected here. Looking at them I couldn’t help thinking of the great efforts of thought and patience which had gone into grafting together such a variety of completely different fruits and creating altogether new varieties. For example I noticed fruits which were something in between a pineapple and a peach: there is nothing to compare with the taste of them. There are also dates growing on cherry trees and bananas combined with pears. There are countless other new varieties which have been invented, so to speak, by the local horticulturalists.
"The Year 4338: Petersburg Letters"