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, small; turbinate, even in its outline. Skin, greenish yellow, with a thin red cheek on the side next the sun, and a large patch of thin pale brown russet, especially round the eye. Eye, small and open, set in a saucer-like basin. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, slender, set on the apex of the fruit without depression. Flesh, yellowish.
Fruit, about medium size; short pyriform, rather uneven in its outline. Skin, smooth, greenish yellow, covered with a number of light brown russet dots. Eye, open, scarcely at all depressed. Stalk, short, fleshy, and warted at its insertion. Flesh, yellowish, tender, buttery and melting, not very juicy, but brisk and vinous, with a peculiar and fine aroma.
This is an excellent pear; ripe in October, the fine sprightly flavour of which contrasts favourably with the luscious sweetness of the Seckle, which comes in just before it. The tree is not a very good b:arer.
Fruit, very large; oblong obovate, uneven in its outline. Skin, clear yellow, highly coloured with red on the side next the sun, and strewed with small brown points, and some russet spots. Eye, large and open, set in a deep, wide, undulating basin. Stalk, an inch long, straight, woody, and inserted in a deep, irregular cavity. Flesh, very white, rather dry, with a sweet and brisk flavour.
A handsome ornamental pear, only fit for decoration; it blets at the core in November.
Très Grosse de Bruxelles. See Uvedale's St. Germain.
Fruit, of immense size, measuring sometimes five and a half inches long, and four inches broad; oblong, very uneven and bossed in its outline. Skin, at first pale green, changing to pale lemon-yellow, with a brownish tinge when exposed to the sun, thickly covered with rough russety dots and patches of russet, particularly round the stalk and about the eye. Eye, small and open, set in a wide, rather deep and even basin. Stalk, an inch long, very stout, and inserted in a deep cavity. Flesh, white, fine-grained, crisp, and juicy.
An excellent stewing pear; in use from December to March. The tree is very vigorous, and bears well as a standard.
Triomphe de Hasselt. See Calebasse Grosse.
Fruit, large; obovate, regular and handsome. Skin, yellow, covered with numerous small russety dots and patches of thin brown russet. Eye, open, set in a slight depression. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, curved, and inserted without depression. Flesh, yellowish white, rather coarse, melting, juicy, sugary, and brisk, with an agreeable musky perfume.
A first-rate pear; ripe in November and December. The tree is a good bearer and a good grower, but it makes straggling pyramids. It succeeds equally well on the quince as the pear. Mr. Blackmore finds it very coarse at Teddington.
It was raised by M. Simon Bouvier, Burgomaster of Jodoigne, and fruited for the first time in 1843.