This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, very large, three inches and a half wide, and three inches high; roundish, narrowing a little towards the apex, and with blunt angles on the sides, which terminate in prominent ridges round the eye. Skin, yellow on the shaded side, with a faint blush of red, which is covered with broken streaks of crimson, on the side next the sun. Eye, large and open, with short segments, and set in a very deep and angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical or funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short, set in a very deep, wide, russety cavity. Flesh, very tender in the grain, well flavoured, and with a pleasant perfume. Cells, obovate; abaxile.
This apple was raised at Thornham Hall, near Eye, in Suffolk, and the account of it, furnished in 1873 by Mr. John Perkins, the gardener there, is the following: -
"Between the years 1840 and 1850 the late Lord Henniker had great quantities of cider made to give away in the summer months. Several bushels of apple pips were sown in beds, from which the most promising seedlings were selected and planted; these were reduced every few years. The last thinning was about seven years ago, when thirty-three trees were cut out. The tree in question was always the favourite, and it has been carefully preserved. It is largely used here when large and handsome dishes of mixed fruit are required for the dinner-table. Its appearance by lamplight is most telling. The tree is very healthy, and a great bearer."
Fruit, medium sized, three inches wide, and two inches and a quarter high; oblate, and ribbed on the sides. Skin, smooth and shining, greenish yellow, marked with a number of imbedded dark green specks; washed with red on the side next the sun, and with a circle of red rays round the base. Eye, partially closed, with broad and flat segments, set in an angular and plaited basin. Stalk, short and slender, inserted in a round and rather deep cavity. Flesh, white, tender, crisp, very juicy, sweet, brisk, and pleasantly aromatic.
An excellent culinary or dessert apple, highly esteemed about Lancaster, where it is much grown; it is in use from October to Christmas. The habit of the tree is drooping, like that of the Weeping Willow.
Lady's Finger. See White Paradise.
Fruit, small, two inches and a quarter wide, and two inches and a half high; conical, larger on one side of the axis than the other, angular and sometimes distinctly five-sided, very round on the base and sometimes without any stalk cavity. Skin, deep red, streaked with deeper red where exposed to the sun, but where shaded it is yellowish, but still covered with red streaks of a paler tint. Eye, open, with divergent reflexed segments, set in a narrow and shallow plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, conical, occasionally tending to funnel-shaped. Stalk, short and slender, inserted in a shallow cavity, or merely in a slight depression, surrounded with a patch of russet. Flesh, yellowish, soft, not very juicy, and with a mawkish sweet taste. Cells, elliptical; axile, open.
A Herefordshire cider apple, sent to me by Dr. Bull. I have been obliged to distinguish this Lady's Finger as that of Hereford, to prevent confusion between it and the Lady's Fingers of Lancaster and of Kent, and also the White Paradise, which has been long known by that name.
Lady's Finger of Kent. See Smart's Prince Arthur.