This section is from the "The Fruit Manual; Containing The Descriptions and synonymes of the fruits and fruit trees commonly met with in the gardens & orchards of Great Britain, with selected lists of those most worthy of cultivation" book, by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual
Black Grape. See Ogden's Black.
Black Naples (New Black).—Bunches short, but pro-duced in great abundance. Berries larger than any other variety, frequently measuring about three quarters of an inch in diameter. Milder and sweeter than any other black currant, and the best of all the black varieties.
Cerise. See Cherry.
Champagne (Pheasant's Eye; Couleur de Chair).— Bunches of medium length. Berries medium sized, pale pink, or flesh coloured, with darker red veins; more acid than Bed Dutch.
Cherry (Cerise).—Bunches short. Berries very large, of a deep red colour; more acid than Bed Dutch. This is the largest red currant, and comes in early.
Common Black.—This is very much inferior to Black Naples and Ogden's Black, and not worth cultivation, the bunches and berries being inferior in size to both of those varieties.
Couleur de Chair. See Champagne.
Goliath. See Baby Castle.
Houghton Castle. See Raby Castle.
Jeeves' White. See White Dutch.
Knight's Early Red.—The chief merit this variety is supposed to possess, is its greater earliness than the Bed Dutch; but the slight advantage it has in this, is lost by its inferiority in other respects.
Knight's Large Bed. — Bunches large and long. Berries large, bright red. Does not differ materially from Bed Dutch.
Knight's Sweet Bed. — Bunches of medium size. Berries large, paler in colour than Bed Dutch, and less acid; but not so sweet as White Dutch.
La Fertile.—This variety I have not seen; but, ac-cording to Mr. Rivers, it is a large red currant, and "a most prodigious bearer."
La Hative.—This is a new variety, and, like the preceding, of foreign origin; but I have had no op-portunity of examining it. Mr. Rivers states, in his catalogue, that it is "a very early red currant, and excellent."
Long-bunched Red (Wilmot's Long-bunched Red).— Bunches very long, sometimes measuring six inches and a half. Berries large, and of a deep red colour. A decided improvement on Red Dutch, and differs also in being somewhat later. It is not unlike Raby Castle.
May's Victoria. See Baby Castle.
Morgan's White. See White Dutch.
New Black. See Black Naples.
New White Dutch. See White Dutch.
Ogden's Black (Black Grape).—This is not so large as Black Naples, but considerably better in every respect than the Common Black. The bush is hardier than that of Black Naples.
Pheasant's Eye. See Champagne.
Raby Castle (Houghton Castle; May's Victoria; Vic-toria; Goliath).— Bunches longer than those of Red Dutch; berries larger, and of a brighter red, but rather more acid. It is an abundant bearer, and the fruit ripens later, and hangs longer, than any other currant.
Red Dutch (Large Bed Dutch; New Bed Dutch; Bed Grape).—Bunches from two to three inches long. Berries large, deep red, with a subdued acidity. Superior in every respect to the old Common Red, which is unworthy of cultivation.
Red Grape. See Bed Dutch.
White Crystal. See White Dutch.
White Dutch (New White Dutch; Jeeves' White; Morgan's White; White Crystal; White Leghorn; White Grape).—The bunches and berries are of the same size as the Red Dutch; but the berries are of a yellowish white, and the skin somewhat transparent. The fruit is very much sweeter, and more agreeable to eat, than the Red variety. It is, therefore, preferred in the dessert, and for wine-making.
White Grape. See White Dutch.
White Leghorn. See White Dutch.
Wilmot's Long-bunched Red. See Long-bunched Med.