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; roundish ovate or conical, prominently ribbed, and with ridges round the eye. Skin, red, streaked with darker red all over, except a little on the shaded side, where it is yellow. Eye, closed, with flat convergent segments, or open, with short, narrow segments, which are reflexed or spreading at the tips, set in an angular basin. Stamens, basal; tube, deep, conical. Stalk, very short and stout, inserted in a deep cavity, so much so as to be scarcely visible. Flesh, firm, crisp, brisk, and juicy. Cells, roundish obovate; abaxile.
Mere de Menage sometimes attains an enormous size. It is not unusual to meet with specimens four inches and a half wide and three inches and a half high.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches wide, and about the same high; roundish, inclining to ovate. Skin, yellow on the shaded side, with orange red next the sun, marked with traces of russet, and specked with large russet dots on its surface. Eye, large and open, set in a wide, shallow basin. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a deep narrow cavity. Flesh, yellow, firm, crisp, juicy, sugary, and of good flavour.
A good dessert apple, which keeps well till the end of February.
This was raised at Mickleham, near Dorking, in Surrey.
Fruit, about medium size, nearly three inches wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish and depressed, narrowing towards the crown, obtusely angular, and sometimes oblate. Skin, smooth, very much covered with dull livid red, of the same colour as Norfolk Beefing, except where shaded, and then it is yellowish green, covered with broken streaks of deep red. Eye, closed, with broad, flat, convergent segments, set in a shallow basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a pretty deep cavity, but sometimes short with a swelling on one side of it. Flesh, greenish, very firm, solid, crisp, and very juicy, with a pleasant though brisk acidity. Cells, obovate; axile.
A solid and very heavy kitchen apple of the first quality, which keeps till February without shrivelling.
Milton Golden Pippin. See Golden Pippin.
Fruit, above medium size, three inches wide, and two inches and a half high; roundish, and considerably flattened, almost oblate. Skin, green at first, changing to yellow, covered with dark dots and a few veins of russet; russety over the base, and marked with a few broken stripes and mottles of crimson on the side next the sun. Eye, large and open, like Blenheim Pippin, with short and ragged convergent segments, set in a wide, shallow, and plaited basin. Stamens, basal; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a rather shallow cavity. Flesh, white, firm, crisp, and juicy, with a rough and sharp acid flavour. Cells, roundish obovate; axile, slit.
A culinary apple, of excellent quality; it is in use from November to March.
The tree is very hardy, and is not subject to canker or the attacks of insects. It is an abundant bearer.
This apple is extensively grown in the southern parts of Lancashire, and is a great favourite in the Manchester market, and all the other manufacturing towns of that district. It receives its name from the village of Minchull, in Cheshire, where, according to Rogers, the original tree existed in 1777.