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, about the size of the Nonpareil, but not so regular in its outline, generally about two inches and a quarter in diameter, and two inches deep. Eye, small and closed, in a small depression without angles. Stalk, short, rather thick, rather deeply inserted in a wide, uneven cavity. Skin, pale green, covered with a thin yellowish grey russet round its upper part, with a pale salmon-coloured tinge on the sunny side. Flesh, greenish white, firm, crisp. Juice, plentiful, of a high aromatic Nonpareil flavour.
A dessert apple; in season from November till March.
Raised from the seed of a Nonpareil about 1821, by Mrs. Goose, of Horsham St. Faith's, near Norwich. It is a very hardy tree, and a good bearer.
Horsley Pippin. See Hollandbury.
Fruit, large, three inches and a half wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; roundish and considerably flattened, almost oblate. Skin, of a fine grass-green, which changes as it ripens to yellowish green, and marked with broad streaks of pale red on the side next the sun, which is strewed with rather large russety freckles. Eye, small and open, with erect, acute segments, and placed in a rather deep, narrow, and undulating basin. Stalk, short, inserted in a round, funnel-shaped cavity, which is lined with pale brown russet. Flesh, white, tender, crisp, and juicy, with a brisk and pleasant flavour.
A first-rate culinary apple; in use from November till March.
The tree is a vigorous and healthy grower, and an abundant bearer.
Hubbard's. See Hubbard's Pearmain.
Fruit, small, two inches wide, and the same high; ovate, or conical, even and regularly formed, broadest at the base, and diminishing to a narrow apex. Skin, covered with pale brown russet, and where any portion of the ground colour is exposed, it is yellowish green on the shaded side, and brownish red next the sun; but sometimes it is almost free from russet, particularly in hot seasons, being then of an uniform yellowish green, mottled with orange or pale red next the sun. Eye, small, open or closed, with short erect segments, which are recurved at the tips, and set in a shallow basin. Stamens, marginal or median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short, about half an inch long, inserted in a round and even cavity. Flesh, yellow, firm, not juicy, but very rich, sweet, and highly aromatic. Cells, obovate; axile, slit.
This is one of the richest flavoured dessert apples; it is in use from November to April.
The tree is a small grower, but healthy, hardy, and an abundant bearer.
Hubbard's Pearmain was first introduced to public notice by Mr. George Lindley, at a meeting of the London Horticultural Society in 1820. "This," says Mr. Lindley, "is a real Norfolk apple, well known in the Norwich market; and although it may be found elsewhere, its great excellence may have caused its removal hence. The merits of Hubbard's Pearmain as a table apple are unrivalled, and its superior, from the commencement of the season to the end, does not, I am of opinion, exist in this country."