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.
This is precisely identical with the preceding, except that it is variegated in the wood and the fruit with golden stripes. It is a very beautiful fruit, and is equally as highly flavoured as the normal form. It originated as a bud sport.
Fruit, rather large, three inches and a quarter long, and two and a half wide, long obovate, inclining to pyriform, even in its outline, terminating at the apex with an abrupt concave curve, which gives it the appearance of a snout. Skin, smooth, greenish yellow, entirely covered with large mottles of grey russet. Eye, small and open, set on one side of the axis, and generally on the side opposite to that on which the stalk is inclined. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout, and inserted in a small round cavity. Flesh, yellowish, tender, buttery, meltiog, and juicy, sweet, and with a brisk flavour, and a fine rose-water perfume.
This is perfectly distinct from Urbaniste, with which a pear, cultivated on the Continent under the name of Louise d'Orléans, is synonymous. The variety here described I received from M. Papeleu, of Wetteren, in 1847.
Fruit, large; long obovate. Skin, of an uniform straw-yellow, with a few traces of cinnamon-russet and russet dots. Eye, open. Stalk, short, obliquely inserted by the side of a fleshy lip. Flesh, tender, melting, juicy, and sweet.
A second-rate pear, which rots at the core in October.
Lucrate. See Fondante d'Automne.
Fruit, large, three inches long, and two and a half wide; oval, rather uneven in outline, bossed round the waist and about the eye; its shape is a combination of Glou Morçeau and Swan's Egg, the appearance about the crown being particularly like the former. Skin, lemon-yellow, with occasionally a brownish red blush on the side next the sun; and the whole surface is sprinkled with cinnamon-coloured russet dots, which in some parts, and particularly round the stalk, are so thick as to become patches of russet. Eye, rather open, with long narrow segments, set in an uneven depression. Stalk, an inch long, woody, set even with the surface. Flesh, white, very tender and melting, very juicy and richly flavoured.
This is a delicious pear, and has the texture of flesh of Marie Louise; it is ripe during October.
The seed was sown in a flower-pot by a little girl, the daughter of Mr. Peter Grieve, gardener at Culford Hall, near Bury St. Edmunds, merely for her childish amusement. She carefully tended the plants till they were large enough to be planted in the open ground; but ere the first of them bore fruit, in 1873, the little maid was in her grave. Her father sent me the first fruit the tree produced, and I named it Lucy Grieve, as a memorial of the raiser.