Be careful in your selection; do not choose too young and take only such as have been reared in good moral atmosphere. Some wives insist on keeping husbands in a pickle, while others put them in hot water. This only makes them sour, hard and bitter. Even poor varieties can be made sweet and good by garnishing them with patience, well sweetened with smiles and flavoured with kisses to taste. Keep warm in a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and cream. When thus preserved they will keep for years.
(by Carla Emery, from the Encyclopedia of Country Living )
Happy Valentine's day everyone!