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.
Bunches, long and tapering, not shouldered, from nine inches to a foot in length. Berries, medium sized, perfectly oval, and well set. Skin, quite black, covered with blue bloom. Flesh, moderately firm, juicy, sugary, with a sprightly and rich flavour, having a faint trace of Muscat aroma.
This is a variety of Vitis Labrusca, a native American grape, cultivated in the open air in the United States, both for the dessert and for wine; but it is not of much account in England.
The bunches and berries of this variety very much resemble those of Black Cluster; but the fruit ripens as early as that of Black July, and is very much superior in flavour to that variety. Berries, medium sized, black, very juicy, sweet, and vinous.
The vine is very vigorous and luxuriant in its growth, and bears abundantly, if not pruned too closely. In Italy it produces three crops in a year by stopping the shoot two or three joints beyond the last bunch, just as the flower has fallen and the berries set; new shoots are started from the joints that are left, and also bear fruit, and these being again stopped, a third crop is obtained. This variety succeeds admirably against a wall in the open air.
Jacob's Traube. See Black July,
Jew's. See Syrian.
Joannenc. See St. John's.
July. See Black July.
This is a very early variety, having a distinct Muscat flavour. It was introduced by Mr. Rivers, who describes it as follows: - Berries, round, purple, of medium size, rich, juicy, and excellent.
This grape will ripen on a wall, as it is one of the earliest of its race, and is well adapted for pot culture in the orchard-house.
Bunches, long and tapering, very slightly shouldered, and larger than those of Black Frontignan. Berries, above medium size, round, and well set. Skin, deep purplish black, covered with thin blue bloom. Flesh, tender, very juicy, richly flavoured, and with a fine, but not powerful Muscat aroma.
This is a valuable grape. The vine is a prolific bearer. The leaves die purple mottled.
Knevett's Black Hamburgh. See Black Hamburgh..
Krach Gutedel. See Early Chasselas.
Kriechentraube. See Grosse Kölner.
Laan Hâtif. See Scotch White Cluster.