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, about two inches wide, and two and a quarter high; conical, larger on one side of the axis than the other. Skin, when ripe, deep yellow, streaked or mottled with pale crimson on the shaded side, and entirely covered with red, which is streaked with deep crimson, on the side next the sun. Eye, closed, with long erect segments, set on the surface, and surrounded by several knobs. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Flesh, juicy, briskly and agreeably flavoured. Cells, Codlin-like, elliptical; abaxile, open.
Fruit, small, two inches and a quarter wide, and not quite so much high; roundish ovate, and regularly formed. Skin, of a uniform golden yellow colour, with veinings and specks of russet. Eye, half open, set in a shallow plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, conical. Stalk, short, thick and fleshy. Flesh, yellowish, crisp, very juicy, sugary, and aromatic. Cells, obovate; axile, closed or slit.
A first-rate dessert apple; in use from November to March.
Fruit, medium sized; roundish, flattened, angular on the sides. Skin, green at first, changing to greenish yellow, and striped with red on the shaded side, but entirely covered with dark red on the side next the sun; marked with russet, and numerous grey dots. Eye, open, set in a shallow and undulating basin. Stalk, very short, imbedded in a narrow and shallow cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, brisk, and pleasantly flavoured.
A culinary apple; in use from December to April.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and five-eighths wide, and two inches and a quarter high; roundish. Skin, entirely covered with thin, pale yellowish brown russet, like the Golden Russet, and occasionally with a bright, varnished, fiery-red cheek on the side next the sun, which is sometimes more distinct than at others. Eye, open, set in a round and plaited basin. Stalk, very short, imbedded in a rather shallow cavity. Flesh, yellow, firm, juicy, and sugary, with a particula'ly rich, mellow flavour, equal to, and even surpassing that of the Ribston Pippin.
A delicious dessert apple, of first-rate quality; in use from October to January, and, under favourable circumstances, will even keep till March.
This is an apple which is very little known, and does not seem at all to be in general cultivation. I obtained it from the private garden of the late Mr. James Lee, at Hammersmith. It certainly deserves greater publicity.
This is so exactly like the English Codlin, which I have already described, that, after examining a great number of specimens, I cannot observe any great difference between them.
Kentish Deux-Ans. See Graham.