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, large, three inches wide, and three inches and three-quarters long; obloug-obovate, blunt at the stalk, which is an inch and a quarter long, curved, and inserted in a wide cavity. Skin, green, becoming yellowish green as it ripens, considerably covered with rough brown russet. Eye, half open, with incurved, tooth-like segments, and almost level with the surface. Flesh, rather coarse, somewhat gritty, greenish for a considerable distance under the skin, crisp and crackling, very juicy and sweet, but with not much flavour.
Good as a stewing pear, but inferior for the dessert. In use from January till March.
Belle de Bruxelles. See Hampden's Bergamot.
Belle de Fouquet. See Tonneau.
Belle Epine Fondante. See Monchallard.
Belle et Bonne. See Hampden's Bergamot.
Belle et Bonne. See Bellissime d'Automne.
Belle d'Ecully. See Premices d'Ecully.
Belle d'Esquermes. See Jalousie de Fontenay.
Belle Excellente. See Due de Brabant.
Belle Fertile. See Ah ! mon Dieu.
Belle de Flandres. See Flemish Beauty.
Fruit, large, two inches wide, and three inches and a half long; pyramidal, uneven and undulating in its outline, and much like Van Mons Léon Leclerc in shape. Skin, green, becoming of an uniform pale straw-colour when ripe, strewed all over with very minute dots. Eye, quite star-like, set in a very shallow depression. Stalk, an inch long, stout, fleshy throughout its whole length, set obliquely by the side of a fleshy lip. Flesh, yellow, firm, crisp or half buttery, very juicy, sweet, and refreshing, with a flavour like that of Citron des Carmes.
A very nice juicy pear, which ought to be eaten before it assumes its yellow tinge, for then it has begun to decay at the core. It is in use in the last week of September.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and a half wide, and three inches and a half high; pyramidal. Skin, smooth and somewhat shining, with here and there a tinge of green, the whole surface thickly strewed with large russet dots and star-like specks. Eye, open, with short and somewhat reflexed segments, set in a very shallow and plaited basin. Stalk, slender, curved, inserted on one side of the apex, with a high shoulder on one side. Flesh, tender and buttery, very juicy, but not rich.
In use during November and December.
I am indebted to M. J. de Jonghe, of Brussels, for this and many others of the new Belgian fruits, which he sent me in 1864. It was raised by M. Alex. Bivort in 1849 at Great St. Remy, near Fleurus in Belgium.
Belle Gabrielle. See Ambrette d'Hiver.
Belle Heloise. See Vicar of Winkfield.
Belle Henriette. See Henriette.
Fruit, roundish oval, three inches long, and two inches and a half wide. Skin, entirely covered with a coat of greenish dark brown russet, which is very fine and smooth to the feel, and covered with large grey dots, except on the shaded side, where the greenish yellow ground colour is exposed, and this also is marked with large russet dots. Eye, small and open, with short, stout, erect segments placed in a shallow and round basin. Stalk, woody, about an inch long, and inserted in a small round cavity, with a fleshy protuberance on one side of it. Flesh, white, rather coarse-grained, half buttery and very juicy, sweet, and slightly perfumed.
This is only a second or third-rate pear, and not worth cultivation. It is ripe in the beginning of December.