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, large, three inches and a half broad in the middle, and three inches high; ovate, widest at the middle, and narrowing both towards the base and the apex, with obtuse angles on the sides, which terminate at the crown in several prominent ridges. Skin, smooth, deep clear yellow, with a rich golden or orange tinge on the side next the sun, and covered with numerous dark spots. Eye, large and open, with long acuminate segments, placed in a deep, furrowed, and angular basin. Stamens, median;. tube, conical. Stalk, short, inserted in a deep and round cavity, which is thickly lined with russet. Flesh, yellow, tender, crisp, rich, sugary, brisk, and aromatic. Cells, roundish ovate; axile.
A most valuable apple, either for the dessert or culinary purposes; it is in season during September and October.
This admirable apple was raised by T. A. Knight, Esq., and first brought into notice in 1811. It is named from Wormsley Grange, in Herefordshire, where Mr. Knight was born, August 12th, 1759. As a culinary apple it is not to be surpassed; and even in the dessert, when well ripened, Mr. Knight considered it closely resembled the Newtown Pippin. The tree is hardy, healthy, a free and abundant bearer. It has been found to succeed in every latitude of these kingdoms. Even in Rosshire, the late Sir G. S. McKenzie found it to succeed well as an espalier. It ought to be cultivated in every garden, however small.
Wygers. See Golden Reinette.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches and a half broad, and two inches hjgh; oblate, even and handsomely shaped. Skin, smooth, pale greenish yellow in the shade, but with a dull orange blush next the sun, and sprinkled all over with russety dots and patches of delicate russet, particularly on the base. Eye, large and open, set in a wide, shallow, and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, very short, imbedded in a shallow cavity. Flesh, yellow, tinged with green, tender, very juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured. Cells, obovate; axile, closed.
A valuable and delicious dessert apple of first-rate quality; in use from December to April. The tree is a healthy and good grower, and an excellent bearer.
This variety is said to have originated from seed saved from an apple which Lord Craven had eaten while on his travels from France to Holland, and which was planted at Wyken, about two miles from Coventry. According to Mr. Lindley, the original tree, then very old, was in existence in 1827, and presented the appearance of an old trunk, with a strong sucker growing from its roots.
Wyker Pippin. See Golden Reinette.
Fruit, of a good size, rather more flat than long, having a few obtuse angles terminating in the crown. Eye, small, with short diverging segment of the calyx. Stalk, short. Skin, pale yellow, slightly shaded with orange on the sunny side.
Specific gravity of the juice, 1076.
The cider of this apple in a new state is harsh and astringent, but grows soft and mellow with age, and was much esteemed by the writers of the seventeenth century.
Yellow Harvest. See Early Harvest.