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This is a form of the Breda, and, like it, has a sweet kernel. It also resembles the Alberge, from which it differs in the latter having a bitter kernel. This variety is much grown in the department of the Rhone, where it is chiefly used for compotes.
Small, oval, flattened at the apex, marked on one side with a shallow suture.
Skin, clear, deep yellow on the shaded side, but dark rusty brown on the side next the sun. Stalk, inserted in a deep and narrow cavity. Flesh, deep orange or reddish yellow, juicy and melting, separating from the stone; rich, sugary, and briskly flavoured, but, when highly ripened, charged with a fine aroma. Stone, broad and ovate, impervious. Kernel, sweet.
Ripe in the end of July. The tree is of very slender growth, with strong brown shining shoots.
There seems some confusion among pomologists regarding this. Diel makes it synonymous with Abricot Gros Orange, and I have met with it in some London nurseries under the name of Orange, where it caused great embarrassment by the difficulty of its propagation, for the true Orange Apricot takes freely on the stocks usually employed for apricots; this, however, as Bretonnerie says, requires to be budded on the almond. I quite agree with the author of the Luxemberg Catalogue in making Angoumcis synonymous with Violet, the Violet of Duhamel being a very similar variety, if not identical. It is evident that it is not the Prunus dasycarpa he refers to when describing the Violet, for, at page 142, t. 1, he mentions Abricot Noir as being grown at Trianon, the description of which is clearly that of Prunus dasycarpa.
An excellent variety of the Peach Apricot, which blooms much later than that variety, and consequently is a better bearer, as its blossoms escape the early spring frosts. It was raised at Angers by M. Millet, in 1840, and he named it └ Trochets from the circumstance of its producing the fruit in clusters.
Aveline. See Breda.
A large variety of the Peach Apricot, ripening later than it in the middle of September.
A very excellent late variety of the Peach Apricot; the latest of all.
Fruit, small, about the size and shape of a small Orleans plum, to which it bears some resemblance. Skin, of a purple colour on the side exposed to the sun, but reddish yellow on the shaded side, and covered with a delicate down. Flesh, reddish yellow, adhering a little to the stone, juicy but tasteless, insipid, and quite worthless to eat. Stone, small, impervious on the back. Kernel, bitter.
Ripe in the beginning of August. The tree grows from ten to fifteen feet high, and is more fitted for an ornamental than a fruit-tree.
Blanc. See White Masculine. Blenheim. See Shipley's.