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Fruit, medium sized; obtuse pyriform, more swollen on one side of the axis than the other. Skin, greenish yellow, dotted and mottled with cinnamon-coloured russet. Eye, large and open, with short segments, and set in a slight depression. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, woody, curved, attached to the end of the fruit without depression. Flesh, whitish, melting, juicy, sweet, and slightly perfumed.
A dessert pear of good quality; ripe in the beginning of October and continuing in use till November.
This was raised by M. Guéraud, living at St. Denis, close to Paris, and was named Adèle in compliment to his daughter. There is much confusion subsisting between this and Baronne de Mello. The latter, I know, is always entirely covered with dark brown russet except a small portion on the shaded side, while this is described to be greenish yellow and merely mottled with dots and patches of cinnamon-coloured russet. As I have never seen the fruit of what is said to be the true Adèle de St. Denis, I am indebted for this description to the Jardin Fruitier du Museum.
Fruit, medium sized; pyriform, even, and regular in its outline. Skin, yellow, tinged all over with green, and with a brownish tinge on the side next the sun. Eye, open, with long segments, set in a deep basin. Stalk, an inch and a half long, stout, and curved, inserted without depression on the apex of the fruit. Flesh, dry, not juicy, and insipid.
Ripe in October and November, when it early becomes mealy.
Admire Joannet. See Amiré Joannet. Africaine. See Sanquinole.
Fruit, large, three inches wide, and three inches and a half long; obovate, turbinate. Skin, yellow, dotted and veined with russet, particularly round the eye and the stalk. Eye, large, open, and not deeply set. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, and obliquely inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, whitish, fine, melting, juicy, sweet, and slightly perfumed.
A second-rate pear; ripe in October. It was raised by M. Gregoire, of Jodoigne, in Belgium, about 1852.
Fruit, small, about two inches wide, and rather more than two inches and a quarter long; obovate. Skin, smooth, pale green at first, but changing as it ripens to pale lemon yellow on the shaded side, and almost covered with crimson, which is dotted and streaked with darker crimson on the side next the sun. Eye, small, half open, with stoat erect segments, and set in a very shallow depression. Stalk, an inch long, slightly curved, and inserted by the side of a swollen lip, or with fleshy rings at its base, and without being depressed. Flesh, yellowish white, tender, very juicy, with a fine sugary and perfumed flavour.
A nice little autumn pear, ripe in September; but, like many other sorts of that season, it does not keep long after being gathered, it generally becoming mealy about ten days afterwards.
The tree is a very abundant and regular bearer, and succeeds well as a standard or pyramid, whether on the pear or the quince stock. It is a strong and robust grower.
This variety is nearly allied to the Rousselet de Rheims, to which it bears some resemblance in the habit of the tree, as well as in the appearance of the fruit. It is called Belle fertile from its great productiveness; and it is said that Louis XIV., when he saw the tree covered with such a quantity of fruit, exclaimed,"Ah ! mon Dieu!" hence the origin of its name. I have preferred here the original name to that of D'Amour, adopted in the Horticultural Society's Catalogue, and by which, Duhamel states, it is known in some parts of France, to prevent any confusion between this and the Tresor of Duhamel, which is also called D'Amour.