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 generally without shoulders, but occasionally shouldered. Berries, above medium size, oval. Skin, thick, deep purplish black, covered with thick blue bloom. Flesh, white or greenish, tender, very juicy, with a rich, sugary, and sprightly flavour.
This is, I believe, a Spanish grape, but I have not been able to find out its proper name. It was first met with in the garden of Sir Abraham Pytches, at Streatham, where it attracted the notice of Mr. Malcolm, the nurseryman at Stockwell, and who propagated it for sale under the name of Malcolm's Black Prince.
Black St. Peter's. See Alicante.
Blacksmith's White Cluster. See Scotch White Cluster.
Black Spanish. See Alicante.
Bunches, small, short, and compact. Berries, round. Skin, very thin and black. Flesh, tender, juicy, and very sweet, but has little aroma or richness.
This succeeds well against a wall, where it ripens early, or in a cool vinery; but it is impatient of forcing, and the berries are liable to crack when subjected to too much heat.
Black Tokay. See Alicante. Black Tripoli. See Frankenthal. Black Valentia. See Alicante.
Blauer von Alicant. See Alicante.
Blauer Clavner. See Black Cluster.
Blauer Kollner. See Grosse Kölner.
Blauer Miillerrebe. See Miller's Burgundy.
Blauer Trollinger. See Black Hamburgh,
Blauer Wingertshäuser. See Black Hamburgh,
Bunches, about medium size, not so large as those of Black Hamburgh, and not shouldered. Berries, medium sized, roundish oval. Skin, tender, dark brownish red, almost black, covered with thin bloom. Flesh, tender, juicy, and agreeably but not richly flavoured.
The vine is a very strong grower, bears freely, and has a fine, robust, and healthy constitution, and might prove useful as a stock on which to graft other varieties. The leaves die off yellow.
Bocksaugen. See Black Hamburgh.
Bockshoden. See Black Hamburgh.
Boston. See Black Prince.
Boudalès. See Œillade.
Bowood Muscat. See Muscat of Alexandria.
Brizzola. See Barbarossa.
Bunches, large, shouldered, and well set; heart-shaped. Berries, large, round, inclining to oval. Skin, thin, transparent, pale green, becoming pale amber when ripe. Flesh, tender, melting, and very juicy, sweet, and well flavoured. Seeds, rarely more than one in each berry.
This is a very excellent and valuable' early white grape, producing large bunches. It ripens well in an ordinary vinery, and is of a very hardy constitution.
The first that was heard of this grape was at a meeting of the British Pomo-logical Society on September 4th, 1856, when Mr. Ivery, a nurseryman at Dorking, exhibited a bunch of the fruit. On the 2nd of October it was again exhibited, under the name of Ivery's White Seedling. It was highly commended and pronounced worthy of general cultivation. Eventually it transpired that it was raised at Buckland, near Dorking, and it then acquired the name of Buckland Sweetwater.
Burchardt's Amber Cluster. See Early White Malvasin.
Burchardt's Prince. See Aramon.
Burgundy. See Black Cluster.
Busby's Golden Hamburgh. See Golden Hamburgh.