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, medium sized, two inches and a half wide, and three inches long; pyramidal or roundish obovate. Skin, of a uniform pale yellow colour, mottled with pale brown russet, and thickly covered with russet dots. Eye, small and open, with short, erect segments, even with the surface. Stalk, about an inch long, stout, and tapering into the fruit, or obliquely inserted. Flesh, yellowish, buttery, and melting, very juicy, sugary, and rich.
A most delicious pear; ripe in December. In 1867 it ripened in the beginning of November, and was inferior in quality. Mr. Luckhurst says that on the Weald of Sussex it is " of the highest excellence."
Fruit, medium sized; angular towards the eye, somewhat four-sided at the eye. Skin, bright lively green, changing as it ripens to yellowish green, a pale green. Eye, small, and half open, with short, rigid segments, and set in a plaited basin. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, inserted in a small cavity, with a fleshy swelling on one side. Flesh, greenish yellow, buttery, melting, sweet, and pleasantly flavoured.
A dessert pear of good quality, highly esteemed in the Perthshire orchards.
John Dory. See Messire Jean. Jolimont. See Summer Doyenne.
Fruit, above medium size; curved obovate. Skin, pale green, strewed with spots and veins of brown russet. Eye, open, set in a narrow depression. Stalk, an inch long, obliquely inserted, stout, woody, and inserted on the apex of the fruit without depression. Flesh, white, with a pink tinge, fine-grained, melting, juicy, sugary, and vinous.
A first-rate pear; in use from the middle till the end of December.
Fruit, above medium size. Skin, yellow, with a greenish tinge on the shaded side, and with a tinge of red on the side next the sun; the whole surface strewed with large russet spots. Eye, open, set in a rather shallow depression. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout, and inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, with a tinge of red, melting, and very juicy, sugary, vinous, and richly flavoured, with a high rose-water aroma.
It was raised by Major Esperen, of Malines, in 1830, and was named in compliment to his wife.
La Juive. See Jewess.
Fruit, rather large and handsome; obovate, even and regular in its outline. Skin, golden yellow, with a warm orange glow on the side next the sun, mottled and speckled all over with cinnamon-coloured russet. Eye, quite open and clove-like, set in a shallow uneven basin. Stalk, an inch long, woody, stout, rather obliquely inserted. Flesh, white, buttery, melting, and very juicy, with sometimes an astringent flavour.
A second-rate pear; ripe in the middle of October.