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, above medium size, three inches in diameter; round or Bergamot-shaped, somewhat bossed and uneven in its outline. Skin, yellow, with here and there patches of a greenish tinge, and thickly dotted all over with brown russet dots and small blotches of russet. Eye, small and open, with erect segments, set in a deep round basin. Stalk, very short, stout, and woody, inserted without depression. Flesh, tender, melting, and very juicy, rather coarse-grained, sweet, with a thin, watery, juicy, and pleasant flavour.
A second-rate pear; ripe in the last week of September. It requires to be gathered while green, and to be kept in the fruit room till it begins to turn yellow. It is then of better flavour than when ripened on the tree.
Raised at Ecully, near Lyons, by M. Luizet, in 1847.
Fruit, above medium size, three inches and a quarter long, and two inches and a quarter wide; oblong, terminating abruptly and blunt at the stalk, undulating in its outline, and contracted with a waist in the middle. Skin, covered with cinnamon-coloured russet. Eye, open, with short, stout, erect segments, set even with the surface. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, set in an open cavity. Flesh, half-melting, very juicy, sweet, and brisk, with a flavour resembling a pineapple.
A good pear; ripe in November.
Raised at the Royal Garden, Frogmore, and first exhibited in 1871.
Présent de Malines. See Passe Cohnar.
Present Royal de Naples. See Beau Présent d'Artois.
Preul. See Passe Colmar.
Fruit, rather large; roundish oval. Skin, clear golden yellow, with a bright red blush on the exposed side, and marked with flakes of russet. Eye, open, not deeply sunk. Stalk, about an inch long. Flesh, fine-grained, half-melting, and half-buttery, pretty juicy, and highly aromatic.
A good late pear; ripe from January to April, but unless grown in a warm soil and situation it rarely attains the character of a melting fruit.
Fruit, medium sized; pyriform. Skin, smooth, of a deep lemon-yellow colour, and frequently with a blush of red next the sun. Eye, small and open, set in a shallow basin, Stalk, an inch long, not depressed. Flesh, yellowish white, melting, juicy, sugary, and richly flavoured.
A pear of only second-rate quality; in use from February till March. Mr. Blackmore says it is worthless. The tree is a hardy and vigorous grower, and forms a handsome pyramid.
Fruit, of medium size, three inches and a quarter long, and two and three-quarters wide; short obovate. Skin, green, dotted, streaked, and mottled with russet, especially round the eye. Eye, large and open, set in a wide and rather deep basin. Stalk, short and slender, curved, and inserted without depression. Flesh, white, juicy, and melting, sweet, acidulous, and perfumed.
Ripe during September and October; of variable and doubtful merit.