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, small, two inches and a half wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish, and somewhat oblate, broader at the base than the apex, where it assumes somewhat of a four-sided shape. Skin, deep dull yellow tinged with reddish orange; inclining to red on the side exposed to the sun, and marked with a few traces of delicate brown russet. Eye, open, with short ovate reflexed segments, which are frequently four in number, set in a broad, shallow, and plaited basin. Stalk, half an inch to three-quarters long, inserted in a round and shallow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, firm, and with a rich, vinous, and brisk flavour, resembling that of a pine-apple.
This is one of the best dessert apples; and is in use during October and November. It bears some resemblance to the Court of Wick, but is considerably richer in flavour than that variety. The tree is hardy, a slender grower, and does not attain a large size; it is, however, an excellent bearer. It is well adapted for dwarf training, and succeeds well on the paradise stock.
This esteemed variety was raised by the Rev. Dr. Symonds Breedon, at Bere Court, near Pangbourne, Berkshire.
Fruit, three inches and a half wide, and three inches and a quarter high; sometimes much larger; round, with obtuse ribs on the sides extending to the apex, round which they form prominent ridges. Skin, smooth and shining, of a clear greenish lemon yellow when ripe, except on the side exposed to the sun, which has a faint blush of thin red. Eye, sometimes open, with erect, slightly divergent segments, but generally closed, with long segments which overlap each other. Stamens, basal; tube, large, conical. Stalk, very short, quite imbedded in the cavity. Flesh, very tender, juicy, and pleasantly acid. Cells, obovate; abaxile.
A large handsome kitchen apple of the first quality; in use in the end of September and beginning of October.
This is a very popular apple in Germany, whence it was introduced by Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, to whom I am indebted for specimens of it. It ought to be grown in every garden. The name Breit-ling is equivalent to the English word Broading.
Fruit, two inches and a half wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish, inclining to a cylindrical shape; even and regular in its outline. Skin, greenish on the shaded side, and covered on that next the sun with brownish orange strewed with russet dots, and with a thin russet coat on the shaded side. Eye, closed, with flat convergent segments, which are set in a pretty deep plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, short, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short and slender, inserted in a rather shallow cavity. Flesh, tender, yellowish, with a greenish tinge, tender, juicy, sweet, and well flavoured. Cells, elliptical; axile, slit.
An excellent dessert apple, which keeps well till May.
It was first brought to my notice by Mr. Harrison Weir, the artist, who informed me that it was raised at Brenchley, in Kent, and is there grown to a considerable extent.