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, medium sized; obovate, with a very long straight stalk, which is obliquely inserted. Skin, greenish, and covered with pale russet. Eye, large. Flesh, yellowish, coarse, not juicy, and rather disagreeable than otherwise.
A handsome pear, but perfectly worthless; ripe in the middle of December.
Fruit, above medium size, two inches and a quarter wide, and three inches high; pyriform, very handsome, even and regular in its outline. Skin, dull yellow, very thickly covered with bright pale brown russet, which gives it a golden appearance. Eye, small and open, clove-like, the long segments laid back flat on the fruit as in Vicar of Winkfield, placed even with the surface. Stalk, very short, inserted on the apex of the fruit, and united with it by fleshy folds, or oblique by the side of a fleshy lip. Flesh, yellowish, with a greenish tinge, fine-grained, buttery and melting, very juicy, richly flavoured, and with a fine perfume.
Equal, if not superior in flavour to Marie Louise. It is as rich as the Seckle, and is in use from December till the end of February. A most delicious pear. Mr. R. D. Blackmore says it is worthless at Teddington.
This excellent pear was raised by M. J. de Jonghe, of Brussels, who was so good as to send me specimens of it in 1864.
Fruit, large, three inches wide, and four and a quarter long; pyriform, curving abruptly towards the stalk. Skin, bright yellow, strewed all over with russet dots and patches of brown russet, and a bright red cheek on the side exposed to the sun. Eye, half open, set in a pretty deep basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, obliquely inserted by the side of a swollen knob. Flesh, tender, very juicy, sweet, with a sprightly and perfumed flavour.
An autumn pear of varying merit; ripe in November. Mr. R. D.
Blackmore considers it very handsome and nearly first-rate as it is grown in his garden at Teddington.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches and a quarter wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; abrupt pear, shaped, truncated at the stalk end. Skin, rather rough to the feel, from a coat of brown russet; on the side next the sun, and over a great part of the shaded side, it is of a vermilion red colour. Eye, small and open, set in a wide and shallow basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout, fleshy at the base, and without a cavity. Flesh, yellow, coarse-grained, half-melting, juicy, sweet, and aromatic.
A very pretty but worthless pear, which, while it preserves a sound appearance externally, is quite rotten at the core; ripe in the end of October. Tree a great bearer.
It was raised by Van Mons, and dedicated after his death to M. Kennes, Cure of Neervelp, in Belgium, by M. Bivort - a very doubtful compliment. Mr. R. D. Blackmore says it is a "wretch."
Beurré de Kent. See Glou Morçeau.