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, below medium size, two inches and a half wide, and two inches high; round, and flattened at both extremities. Skin, rich yellow, covered with large green and russety dots, which are thickest round the eye. Eye, open, with short, flat, acuminate segments, which are generally reflexed at the tips, and set in a wide, shallow, and plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short, and not at all depressed, being sometimes like a small knob on the flattened base. Flesh, yellowish white, firm, rich, brisk, juicy, sugary, and aromatic. Cells, ovate; axile, open.
The tree is hardy and healthy, though not a strong grower, the shoots being long and slender. It is also an excellent bearer.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide, by two inches and a half high; somewhat conical, irregularly formed, and angular. Skin, greenish, and covered with grey russet on the shaded side, but reddish brown covered with grey russet, and large russety dots, on the side exposed to the sun. Eye, large and open, with long, spreading segments, placed in a deep, angular, and irregular basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a deep, oblique cavity, and not extending beyond the base. Flesh, yellowish white, tinged with green, firm and leathery, juicy and sugary, with a rich and highly aromatic flavour, very similar to, and little inferior to, the Ribston Pippin. Cells, roundish obovate; axile, closed.
A dessert apple of the first quality, whether as regards its long duration or the peculiar richness of its flavour; it is in use from December to March.
Fruit, below medium size; roundish ovate. Skin, almost entirely covered with thin russet, except a spot on the shaded side, where it is green; and where exposed to the sun it is of a reddish brown. Eye, small, half open, with short, erect, convergent segments, set in a round, shallow, plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, long, funnel -shaped. Flesh, white, tinged with green, crisp, juicy, and highly flavoured. Cells, obovate; axile, slit.
A dessert apple of first-rate quality; in use from December to February.
Raised from a seed of the old Nonpareil, to which it bears a strong resemblance, by Dr. Fry, of Gloucester, and received the name it now bears from being sent to the Horticultural Society of London by Thomas Hunt, Esq., of Stratford-on-Avon, in 1820.
Fruit, fragrant, like the Irish Peach; small, two inches and a quarter wide, and about two inches high; roundish or oblate, angular on the sides, and ribbed round the eye. Skin, with a bright crimson cheek, marked with a few darker streaks on the side next the sun, and greenish yellow on the shaded side. Eye, closed, with long, convergent, erect segments, reflexed at the tips, and set in a ribbed basin. Stamens, median; tube, short, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short, or about half an inch long, slender, set in a narrow cavity. Flesh, greenish, tender, juicy, and perfumed. Cells, roundish, inclining to ovate; axile, open.
An early dessert apple, ripe in the first week of August, but inferior to Irish Peach.