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, roundish, and rather uneven in its outline, marked with a very faint suture, and pitted at the apex. Skin, almost entirely covered with very dark crimson, nearly black. The little on the shaded side that is not coloured is a pale yellow. Flesh, very tender and melting, very much and deeply stained with blood red at the stone, from which it separates freely. Juice, very abundant, rich, sprightly, and deliciously flavoured. Flowers, small. Leaves, with round glands.
The tree is a remarkably free grower, and an abundant bearer.
Fruit, round, and marked with a shallow suture, which is deepest at the apex. Skin, very tender, more than usually downy, of a pale straw-colour, almost entirely covered with minute crimson dots, so dense that they nearly form a solid mass of colour; but here and there small patches of the yellow ground-colour show through and give the appearance as if the fruit were mottled with yellow. Flesh, white, with a gelatinous appearance; it is so tender as to melt entirely away in the mouth, and the flavour is very rich and vinous. Flowers, small. Leaves, with generally kidney-shaped glands, but occasionally they are round on the small leaves. This is one of the varieties which exhibit various-formed glands on the same plant.
This ripens about the 10th of August. It does not force well.
Fruit, large, round, flat at the top, and marked with a deep suture at the stalk. Skin, of a very pale colour, covered on the shaded side with minute red dots, and a light tinge of red next the sun. Flesh, pale greenish white, with a faint rosy tinge next the stone, melting, very juicy, sweet, richly flavoured, and vinous. Flowers, small. Leaves, with round glands.
This is one of the best ripe late peaches. Ripe in the end of September and beginning of October.
There is a Desse Hâtive quite distinct from this, which ripens in the middle of August, having kidney-shaped glands and large flowers.
Fruit, large and round, with a very distinct suture, which is deeply cleft at the apex. Skin, thin, but tough, lemon-coloured, dotted with crimson on the shaded side, and with a faint crimson cheek next the sun. Flesh, yellowish white, somewhat firm, but melting, with a rich, full, sugary flavour, which adheres to the palate, notwithstanding its fine briskness; it is very deeply stained with red at the stone, from which it separates freely. Flowers, large. Leaves, with kidney-shaped glands.
This ripens about the 10th of August, and is a very large early peach. As an exhibition variety, it will be in high repute on account of its size and remarkably full flavour; and for market purposes, its earliness, size, and the ease with which it bears carriage will render it one of the most valuable peaches in cultivation. The tree is a very strong grower, remarkably vigorous and healthy, and bears immensely, but it does not force well.