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, medium sized; oblong, irregularly formed. Eye, very large, deeply sunk in an uneven, oblique hollow. Stalk, rather short, not deeply inserted. Skin, greenish yellow; on the sunny side of a brownish red, streaked with a darker colour. Flesh, white, very firm. Juice, abundant, and of a very excellent flavour.
A dessert apple; in use from October till March.
Its name seems to indicate a Norfolk origin, but I never could find it in any part of the county.
Norfolk Pippin. See Adams's Pearmain.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches broad, and the same in height; oblong, slightly angular on the sides, and narrowing a little towards the apex. Skin, smooth and very thin, pale green at first, but changing by keeping to pale yellow with a mixture of green; sometimes it has a slight tinge of red next the sun. Eye, small, half open, with pointed segments, set in a rather shallow and wide basin. Stalk, slender, half an inch long, inserted in a shallow cavity, with a fleshy protuberance on one side of it. Flesh, white, firm, and breaking, brisk, sweet, and perfumed.
An excellent long-keeping culinary apple, and useful also in the dessert; it is in use from November to July. In the "Guide to the Orchard," Mr. Lindley says, "This is a valuable Norfolk apple, known in the Norwich market by the name of White Pippin. The fruit, when peeled, sliced, and boiled in sugar, becomes transparent, affording for many months a most delicious sweetmeat for tarts."
The tree is a free and vigorous grower, and attains the middle size. It is a regular and abundant bearer.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches and a half wide, and two inches and a quarter high; round, with obtuse angles on the sides, which extend to the crown, where they form corresponding ridges round the eye, as in London Pippin. Skin, smooth and shining, uniform dark green all over, with imbedded pearly specks.
Eye, closed, with broad, flat, erect segments, reflexed at the tips. Stamens, marginal; tube, conical. Stalk, an inch long, slender, inserted in a deep narrow cavity. Flesh, greenish, very firm and crisp, remarkably juicy, and intensely acid. Cells, obovate; axile.
This is a fine sauce apple, and indeed good for any cooking purposes, because of its briskness. It will keep till April or even May.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters broad, and about three inches high; roundish, inclining to ovate, being narrowed towards the eye. Skin, smooth and tender, of a beautiful grassy green in the shade, and dull brownish red, marked with a few broken stripes of a darker colour, on the side exposed to the sun. Eye, small and closed, with long segments, set in a narrow, round, deep, and even basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a narrow and deep cavity, and generally with a fleshy swelling on one side of it. Flesh, greenish white, tender, crisp, and very juicy, with a brisk and somewhat vinous flavour. Cells, obovate; axile.
An excellent culinary apple of first-rate quality; in use from November to April.
The tree is a very strong and vigorous grower, attaining the largest size, and is an abundant bearer.
This is sometimes erroneously called Cowarne Queening, that being a very different variety.