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 high; roundish ovate, even and regular in its outline. Skin, lemon-yellow all over, and rather thickly strewed with large russet dots. Eye, small and open, with divergent segments, set in a shallow, saucer-like basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, inserted in a deep round cavity, which is lined with russet. Flesh, yellow, tender, juicy, sweet, and of fine flavour. Cells, obovate; axile.
A dessert apple of high quality; in use from October till the end of November.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and a quarter wide, and the same high; ovate or conical, regularly and handsomely shaped. Skin, greenish yellow, with a blush of red next the sun, and marked with a little rough brown russet. Eye, large and partially open, with long and broad segments, which are connivent, but reflexed at the tips, set in a shallow and undulating basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, a quarter of an inch long, just extending beyond the base. Flesh, white, with a yellowish tinge, firm, crisp, very juicy and sugary, with a rich vinous flavour. Cells, obovate; axile.
This is one of the richest flavoured early dessert apples, and unequalled by any other variety of the same season; it is ripe in the end of August and beginning of September.
King of the Pippins. See Golden Winter Pearmain.
Fruit, large, three inches and a half wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; round, somewhat oblate, and obtusely angular, the angles forming ridges at the crown and the base. Skin, deep rich yellow, very much streaked on the side exposed to the sun, and with a few fainter streaks on the shaded side. Eye, closed, with long connivent segments, set in a rather deep angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, over half an inch long, very stout, inserted in a deep, irregular cavity. Flesh, very tender, not very juicy, but sweet, and pleasantly flavoured. Cells, obovate; abaxile.
An American dessert apple, introduced by Mr. Pavers, of Sawbridge-worth, to whom I am indebted for the specimen from which this description is taken. It is a large, handsome, and beautiful fruit, and is in season from December till March.
Fruit, small, two inches and a half wide, and two inches high; roundish ovate, or short conical, bluntly angular. Skin, pale yellow, striped with red on the shaded side, and very dark red, striped with dark purple, or almost black stripes, on the side next the sun; thickly strewed all over with light grey russety dots, and with a large patch of russet over the base. Eye, open, with broad reflexed segments, and set in a deep basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short, inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, white, stained with red under the skin on the side next the sun, tender, juicy, sweet, and pleasantly flavoured. Cells, ovate, open; axile.
This is a beautiful little apple, extensively grown in Somersetshire, where in the present day it is considered the most valuable cider apple. It keeps till Christmas.
It takes its name from Kingston, near Taunton.