Of the several categories of fruits used by Molokhovets, the orchard fruits— apples, pears, and cherries—were the oldest and most common. These fruits were the basis of the traditional Russian desserts that were commonly served before pastry, cakes, and creams were introduced from Western Europe. Next in importance are native berries, those so-called gifts of the forest that are so beloved in Russian folklore. Kovalevskaja, the Russian mathematician, wrote movingly of this edible natural wealth in her memoirs.