Ananas De Courtrai

Fruit, large, three and a half to four inches long, and two and three-quarters to three inches wide; pyramidal, and often inclining to oval, undulating and bossed on its surface. Skin, bright green at first, dotted and clouded with fawn-coloured russet, but changing as it ripens to lemon yellow. Eye, half open, with downy segments, and set in a shallow, uneven depression. Stalk, from three-quarters to one and a quarter inch long, very stout, swollen at its insertion, and attached to the fruit on a level with the surface. Flesh, tender, melting, and very juicy, with a rich, sugary, and perfumed flavour.

A very handsome and excellent early pear; ripe in August. The tree is of medium growth and an abundant bearer, suitable either for a standard or pyramid.

It has been grown rather extensively for many years about Courtrai, but there is no account preserved of its origin.

Ananas D'Ete (King William Pear)

Fruit, above medium size, three inches long, and two and a half wide; obtuse pyriform. Skin, yellowish green, with a brownish tinge on the side next the sun, and almost entirely covered with rough brown russet dots. Eye, open, with short stiff segments, and set in a shallow basin. Stalk, about an inch and a half long, scarcely at all depressed, but generally with a swelling on one side of it. Flesh, delicate, buttery, and melting, with a pleasantly perfumed flavour.

An excellent dessert pear for northern climates, but only considered second-rate in the south. It ripens in September. The tree succeeds well as a standard, and is a good bearer. Dr. Neill says, "In the Horticultural Garden at Edinburgh it ripens on a standard in the second week of September."

Andrews (Amory; Gibson)

Fruit, large, three inches and a quarter long, and two and a half wide; pyriform. Skin, smooth and rather thick, of a pale yellowish green colour, with dull red on the side exposed to the sun, and thinly strewed with dots. Eye, open, set in a small and shallow basin. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, curved, and inserted without depression. Flesh, greenish white, very juicy, with a rich vinous flavour.

An American dessert pear, highly esteemed on the other side of the Atlantic. It ripens in the middle and end of September. The tree is an excellent and regular bearer, hardy and vigorous, and succeeds well as a standard. In America it is considered one of the very best pears.

It originated at Dorchester, Massachusetts, and was first introduced by a person of the name of Andrews, after whom it was named. The other names given us synonymes arise from the various persons who occupied the garden where the original tree is growing.

Ange (Wahre Englesbirne; Kleine Wasserbirne; Kleine Engels-birne; Engelsbirne)

Fruit, small, an inch and three-quarters long, and about the same wide; turbinate. Skin, smooth, of a deep green colour at first, but changing to a yellowish shade as it attains maturity, and with sometimes a tinge of brownish red on the side exposed to the sun; it is also marked with lines of dark brown russet and patches of light brown. Eye, open, with long flat segments, placed in a rather shallow basin, which is somewhat undulating. Stalk, an inch and a half long, slender and woody, and inserted, without depression, by the side of one or two fleshy swellings. Flesh, white, tender, juicy, sugary, and musky-flavoured.

A very old French dessert pear, of good but not first-rate quality; ripe in the beginning of September. The tree succeeds well as a standard on the quince, and is an abundant bearer.

Angelicabirne von Bordeaux. See Angélique de Bordeaux, Angélique. See Angélique de Bordeaux.