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Fruit, medium sized, three inches wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; ovate, angular and uneven in its outline. Skin, greenish yellow on the shaded side, but covered with dark red, streaked with darker red, on the side exposed to the sun, and speckled with broken streaks of red where the red and yellow blend. Eye, large and closed, with flat convergent segments, set in a deep and ribbed basin. Stamens, basal; tube, very wide, funnel-shaped. Stalk, about three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a deep furrowed cavity. Flesh, remarkably tender, not very juicy, but sweet. Cells, round; axile.
A cooking apple, which I met with at the Hereford meeting of the Pomological Committee of the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club. It is the softest and most tender-fleshed apple I have ever met with.
Holland. See Belle Bonne.
Fruit, small, two inches and a quarter wide, and an inch and three-quarters high; roundish and inclining to oblate, somewhat obscurely ribbed. Skin, smooth, of a fine uniform lemon-yellow colour, but of a deeper colour next the sun, thinly strewed with large russet dots, marked with russet flakes and frequently with a red blush next the sun. Eye, small and open, with small, erect, acute segments, placed in a wide, shallow, and plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, small, conical, or rather cup-shaped. Stalk, very short, imbedded the whole of its length in a deep cavity, which is lined with pale brown russet and which extends in ramifications over the base. Flesh, yellowish, tender, and line-grained, very juicy, sweet, brisk, and vinous, with a pleasant perfume. Cells, obovate; axile.
A very excellent dessert apple; ripe in November, and continues in use till February, when it is quite plump and juicy. The tree is a very handsome grower of the smallest size, and an abundant bearer.
The name Gooseberry Pippin, by which this is described in Ronalds' Pyrus Ma/us Brenifurdiensis, is not sufficient to distinguish it from the Gooseberry Apple, with which it is apt to be confounded; and I have therefore adopted the specific name of Ronalds to avoid so great an inconvenience, for this admirable dessert apple ought not to be mistaken for the culinary one. This is now a very rare fruit, and I doubt much if it is to be had true in an ordinary way. I am indebted to F. J. Graham, Esq., of Cranford, Middlesex, for grafts and fruit, it having been grown extensively for many years in his orchards at Cranford, for Covent Garden Market.
Fruit, medium sized, or rather below medium size; roundish and flattened, almost oblate, regularly formed, and without angles. Skin, smooth and delicate, pale greenish yellow, with a few broken streaks of pale red, intermixed with crimson, on the side exposed to the sun, and strewed with minute dark-coloured dots. Eye, partially closed, set in a shallow and slightly plaited basin. Stalk, an inch long, very slender, inserted in a round, deep, smooth, and funnel-shaped cavity. Flesh, yellowish white, tinged with green, firm, crisp, and juicy, with a sweet and pleasant flavour.
A very good, but not first-rate, dessert apple; it is in use from November to February. This does not appear to be the "Rose Apple of China" of Coxe, which he imported from England, and which he says is a large oblong fruit with a short thick stalk.