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, medium sized, heart-shaped, and distinctly shouldered. Berries, medium sized, obround, or inclining to oval. Skin, white, transparent, and veined, covered with thin white bloom. Flesh, tender, sweet, and pleasantly but not richly flavoured.
A good second-rate grape, which ripens in an ordinary vinery.
Bunches, large, long, cylindrical, and compact, without shoulders. Berries, medium sized, round. Skin, dull greenish white, or yellow, covered with thin grey bloom. Flesh, rather firm, juicy, sugary, and very rich, with a fine Muscat flavour.
This will ripen either in a cool or warm vinery, but is worthy of the most favourable situation in which it can be grown. The vine is an abundant bearer, and forces well. The leaves die yellow.
White Hamburgh. See White Lisbon. White Kishmish. See White Corinth.
The bunches and berries are similar to those of Lady Downe's, except that the latter are of yellowish white colour.
Bunches, large and loose. Berries, oval. Skin, greenish white. Flesh, firm and crackling, not very juicy, but with a sweet and refreshing flavour.
It is this grape which is so largely imported from Portugal during the autumn and winter months, and sold in the fruiterers' and grocers' shops under the name of Portugal grapes.
Bunches, very large and loose, with several shoulders. Berries, medium sized, round, and hanging loosely on the bunches. Skin, thin, but tough and membranous; greenish white, becoming pale amber-coloured as it ripens. Flesh, firm and sweet. Bunches of this variety have been grown to weigh 18 lbs. The leaves are very downy underneath.
White Portugal. See White Lisbon. White Raisin. See White Lisbon.
Bunches, small, short, and compact, scarcely, if at all, shouldered. Berries, round, or somewhat oblate. Skin, thin, greenish white, and, when highly ripened, sometimes with a reddish tinge. Flesh, tender, fleshy, and juicy, with a sweet and agreeably aromatic flavour.
This may be grown either in a cool vinery or against a wall in the open air. The vine is a great bearer, and is very extensively grown in the vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle.
Bunches, below medium size, and rather closely set. Berries, medium sized, oval. Skin, thin, and so transparent that the seeds can be seen through it; yellowish white, and with a thin bloom. Flesh, tender, very juicy, and sweet; an excellent early grape. The wood is very short-jointed, and the vine forms a small bush; it is well suited for pot culture.
This variety was received by Mr. Rivers from France, under the name of Muscat Romain, which proved to be a misnomer when the vine fruited. It has, therefore, been distinguished by its present name.