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 and handsome; somewhat oval, even and regular in its outline. Skin, smooth, of a dull yellow colour, with a greenish tinge, strewed with flakes of russet, and with a russet patch round the stalk. Eye, small and half open. Stalk, upwards of an inch in length, woody, inserted in a small round cavity. Flesh, yellowish, coarse-grained, and gritty, half melting or crisp, with a cold acidity.
An inferior pear, which rots at the core in the middle and end of October.
Some pomologists make this and Amadotte synonymous, which is a mistake. See Amadotte.
Fruit, small, two inches wide, and two and a quarter long; obovate or turbinate. Skin, greenish yellow, becoming quite yellow at maturity, having pale brown russet on the side next the sun, freckled with the same on the shaded side, and with a russet patch all round the stalk. Eye, large, open, and prominent. Stalk, about half an inch long, somewhat obliquely inserted on the extremity of the fruit. Flesh, tender, melting, juicy, sweet, with a rich flavour and fine perfume.
A delicious little pear; ripe in the third week of September. The tree is a good grower and good bearer.
It was raised by M. Boisbunel, of Rouen, from seed sown in 1835, and the tree first produced fruit in 1846.
Fruit, medium sized, two inches and a half wide, and three inches long; obovate or roundish turbinate. Skin, bright yellow when ripe, sprinkled all over with brown russet dots, and flushed with pale red on the side next the sun. Eye, small, slightly depressed. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, set in a narrow depression. Flesh, tender and melting, very juicy, and richly flavoured, and with a slight musky aroma.
Fruit, large; pyriform. Skin, almost entirely covered with thin cinnamon-coloured russet, leaving here and there only a small portion of the yellow ground colour visible. Eye, open, placed in a shallow basin. Stalk, about an inch and a half long, inserted without depression. Flesh, white, melting, and buttery, very juicy, rich, and aromatic.
A dessert pear of first-rate quality; ripe in October and November.
The tree is a good bearer; but unless grown against a wall, or in a warm situation, the fruit is apt to be crisp or only half melting. Mr. Blackmore says that at Teddington it is as hard as an apple.
This, which is generally supposed to have been a seedling of Van Mons, was found a wilding at Apremont, in the Haute Soane, and was dedicated to M. Bosc, the eminent Director of the Jardin des Plantes at Paris.