Origin, Ribston Hall, near Knares-borough, England, probably about 1688; highly esteemed in England, but not equal to some other varieties as grown in the Eastern States; tree spreading, productive, an early bearer.
Fruit medium to large, roundish, slightly conical; surface rough, greenish, shaded and striped with dull red on sunny side, with open net-work of russet; dots obscure, gray or russet, few; cavity rather wide, rather shallow, somewhat acuminate, often with large stellate russet patch; stem short; basin abrupt, medium, angular and ribbed, russeted; calyx closed, small. Core small, distant, barely clasping, closed; cells obovate, axile, slit; tube funnel-shaped, or broadly conical; stamens median or basal; seeds pointed, few, often imperfect; flesh deep yellow, with yellow veinings, firm, crisp, juicy, rich, aromatic subacid, very good. November to April.
Fruit above medium to large, roundish, regular, truncated; surface smooth, yellow, nearly covered with splashed, striped, marbled, and dotted rich red, overlaid with whitish; dots many, obscure, whitish; cavity wide, deep, obtuse, with much stellate russet; stem long, red; basin abrupt, medium, nearly smooth; calyx small, closed, segments erect convergent. Core half open, small; cells ovate, entire; tube funnel-shaped; stamens median; seeds many, plump; flesh yellowish, white, tender, juicy, fine-grained, rich, pleasant aromatic subacid; very good to best. September and October.
Supposed origin near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tree vigorous, productive.
Fruit rather large, roundish conical, very regular, strongly ribbed; surface yellow, thinly shaded and blushed with red; dots distinct, few, russet and crimson; cavity large, wide, regular; stem short; basin abrupt, furrowed, corrugated; calyx small, closed; flesh yellow, crisp, juicy, mild, aromatic rich subacid, good. Late winter.
Origin, Gilford, Maine; tree vigorous, a good annual bearer.
Fruit medium to large, oblate, angular; surface yellowish, shaded, striped and splashed with red; cavity large; calyx closed. Flesh white, fine-grained, subacid, good. Early winter.
Origin unknown; sometimes confounded with Shockley in North Carolina, where it is much grown, but it is quite distinct, also distinct from Gilpin, sometimes known as Little Red Romanite. Tree vigorous, spreading, very productive.
Fruit small, roundish conical, truncated; surface yellow, mostly overspread with clear, light, handsome red; dots obscure, light; stem slender; basin abrupt; flesh yellowish, fine-grained, juicy, mild, pleasant subacid, good to very good. February, April.