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, large, long, pyriform, marked with ribs; very much flattened laterally, and one side of the apex hanging down more than the other. Skin, quite black, covered with a fine blue bloom, and when dead ripe cracks in white longitudinal lines. Stalk, very short. Eye, open. Flesh, pale coppery-coloured, very tender and juicy, sugary and sweet. Excellent.
Fruit, small, round, inclining to turbinate, and furnished with longitudinal ribs. Skin, green, becoming yellow at maturity, and covered with a very delicate white bloom. Eye, open like an eyelet-hole. Stalk, very short. Flesh, pale rose-coloured, very sugary, rich, and syrupy when fully ripe.
It shrivels well, and the skin, when perfectly ripe, cracks into large white furrows. This is quite distinct from White Bourjassotte.
Fruit, medium sized, roundish turbinate, and distinctly marked with prominent longitudinal ribs, even and regularly formed. Skin, purple, covered with a thick grey bloom. Neck, short. Stalk, very short. Eye, a small round hole, the scales very flat. Flesh, deep flesh-coloured, with the thick white rim of the skin surrounding it; rather sharp and brisk, but not with a rich flavour.
A Spanish variety, distinct from Black Bourjassotte.
Bourjassotte Blanche. See White Bourjassotte. Bourjassotte Grise. See Grizzly Bourjassotte. Bourjassotte Noire. See Black Bourjassotte.
Fruit, above medium size, oblate, with an oblique axis, and marked with distinct longitudinal ribs on the sides that extend to the apex. Skin, quite green, without any bloom, and downy. Stalk, very short, about one-eighth of an inch long. Flesh, deep rose-coloured, but not dark; pretty juicy, and with a flat flavour.
Brocket Hall. See White Ischia. Brown Hamburgh. See Brunswick.
Medium sized, roundish turbinate. Skin, light brown, or chestnut-coloured. Eye, very large. Flesh, purple, sweet, and high-flavoured. Fruit, apt to burst by too much wet. This is one of the best of figs, ripening in the beginning and middle of August.
Fruit, large and pyri-form. Skin, brownish red, covered with blue bloom. Flesh, red and very luscious.
Tree very prolific, hardy, and one of the best for outdoor culture either against a wall or as a standard. Ripe in August and September.