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.
* Back of the stone impervious.
St. Ambroise Shipley's White Masculine
** Back of the stone pervious.+
a. Freestones. D'Ampuy Angoumois Breda Kaisha Musch Musch
Turkey Provence b. Clingstones. Orange
+ The bony substance at the back of the stone is pervious by a passage through which a pin may be passed from one end to the other.
Abricotin. See Bed Masculine.
Fruit, small and flattened, narrower at the apex than at the base, and marked on one side with a very shallow suture. Skin, often thick and rough to the feel; greenish on the shaded side, but deep yellow where exposed to the sun, and marked with reddish spots. Stalk, inserted in a deep and narrow cavity. Flesh, deep orange, adhering somewhat to the stone, firm, vinous, and perfumed with an admixture of brisk acidity. Stone, large and flat. Kernel, bitter.
This is generally used for drying and preserving. It is ripe in the end of August. The tree of this variety is the largest and most vigorous grower of all the apricots, and bears abundantly. It is raised from seed, and is used in France as a stock on which to bud other kinds; and hence there are many varieties of the Alberge, one of which has a sweet kernel, and is called Alberge Aveline.
Alberge de Montgamet. See Montgamet, D'Alexandrie. See Musch Musch.
The Algier Apricot is one of the earliest recorded varieties in this country. It is mentioned by Parkinson, Ray, Miller, and Forsyth, but there is no mention made of it by any other English authors except Meager, who has it in the list of varieties cultivated in the Brompton Park Nursery in 1690. What this variety was it is difficult now to determine. Mr. Thompson referred it to the Portugal, and as the meagre description we have of it by Miller and Forsyth accords very much with that variety, there is every reason to conclude that Mr. Thompson was correct. Parkinson's account of it is : "The Algier Apricocke is a smaller fruit than any of the other, and yellow, but as swoete and delicate as any of them, having a blackish stone within it little bigger than a Lacure [Black Heart] cherry-stone. This, with many other sorts, John Tradescante brought with him returning from the Algier voyage, whither he went voluntary with the Fleete that went against the Pyrates in the yeare 1620."
This is a variety of the Moorpark, and is of a very large size, with a rich and juicy flavour. The tree, unlike the others of the race, is vigorous and hardy, and does not die off in branches as the Moorpark does.
Amande Aveline. See Breda.