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, large, long, tapering, and well shouldered, with rather slender stalks. Berries, medium sized, oval. Skin, brownish black or quite black when well grown, and covered with a fine bloom; thin and membranous. Flesh, firm, rich, and juicy, with a distinct Muscat flavour.
Bunches, rather small, conical, and loose. Berries, small, unequal in size, and oval. Skin, thin and transparent, yellowish green, but becoming a fine amber colour when highly ripened, with sometimes markings of russet. Flesh, tender, sugary, and richly flavoured.
It is from this grape that the Madeira wine is principally made. The stalk is very brittle and herbaceous.
Bunches, very large, long, and tapering, with strong stout stalks well set and well shouldered. Berry-stalk, thick, stout, and warted. Berries, very large, from an inch and a quarter to an inch and three-quarters long; oblong oval. Skin, membranous, pale amber. Flesh, firm and solid, with a sweet, brisk, and very pleasant flavour.
One of the largest, if not the largest, grape in cultivation. It is an exaggerated Muscat of Alexandria, but has not the Muscat flavour.
It was introduced by Mr, William Paul, of Walthara Cross, and received a first-class certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1871.
Wantage. See Lombardy. Warner's Hamburgh. See Black Hamburgh. Waterzoet Noir. See Black Sweetwater. Weissholziger Trollinger. See Black Hamburgh. Weisse Cibebe. See Early White Malvasia. Weisser Muskateller. See White Frontignan. Weisser Riessling. See White Rissling. Welke Burgundske. See Black Hamburgh. Welko Modre. See Black Hamburgh.
Bunches, large, tapering, and well shouldered. Berries, large, roundish oval, and varying in size. Skin, thin, very black, covered with a blue bloom. Flesh, tender, very juicy, sweet, and with a fine sprightly flavour.
White Chasselas. See Royal Muscadine, White Constantia. See White Frontignan.
Bunches, small, shouldered, and loose. Berries, very small. Skin, yellowish white, changing to amber, covered with white bloom. Flesh, very juicy, sub-acid, and with a refreshing flavour. The seeds are entirely wanting. Of no value.
White Cucumber. See Cornichlon Blanc.