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Fruit, medium sized, three inches long, and two and a half wide; oblong-obovate, blunt at the apex, even and regularly formed. Skin, rough, yellowish green, thickly dotted all over with large grey russet dots and patches of russet, and an orange blush next the sun. Eye, open, with short stunted segments, set in a slight depression. Stalk, woody, green, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted on the apex without depression, and rather fleshy at the base.
A good pear, of ordinary quality; in use from October to December. Mr. Blackmore says "it is very poor here."
Comte Odart. See Beurré Benoît.
Large, three inches and three-quarters long, and two inches and three-quarters wide; pyriform, very much the shape of Marie Louise. Skin, pale yellow, with a greenish tinge, covered all over with large russety freckles, and with a coating of russet round the eye. Eye, very small and open, set in a flat and slight depression. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout and woody, inserted on the apex of the fruit. Flesh, yellowish, coarsegrained, and rather gritty, melting, juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.
A good pear; ripe in November and December, but soon rots at the core.
I received this from M. Papeleu, of Wetteren, near Ghent, in 1847.
Comtesse de Frênol. See Figue de Naples. Comtesse de Lunay. See Duchesse de Mars. Comtesse de Lunay. See Besi de Monti-guy. Comtesse de Terwueren. See Uvedale's St. Germain. Conseiller de la Cour. See Marechal de Cour.
Fruit, large, three inches and a half long, and two inches and a half wide; pyramidal, undulating in its outline. Skin, fine golden yellow, considerably covered with rather rough cinnamon-coloured russet, and on the side next the sun with a warm orange glow, interspersed with several broken streaks of dull crimson; on the shaded side it has a few green specks and large dots. Eye, open, with erect segments, set in a very slight depression. Stalk, an inch long, fleshy, and tapering into the fruit. Flesh, firm and crisp, yellowish, not melting nor juicy, but sweet and with a musky perfume.
A worthless but handsome fruit, which rots at the core without melting, in the middle of October.
Fruit, large, three inches and a quarter long, and two inches and three-quarters wide; pyramidal, even and regularly formed. Skin, rough to the touch in consequence of the large specks of coarse brown russet with which it is in some parts thickly strewed; the ground colour is bright green, which becomes yellowish within a day or two of its ripening. Eye, large and open, with stout, erect segments, placed in a wide shallow basin. Stalk, about half an inch long, rather stout and woody, inserted in a narrow depression, surrounded with a patch of russet. Flesh, fine-grained, half-buttery, tender, and moderately juicy, sweet and brisk, like Autumn Bergamot, without its aroma.
Of second quality. It rots at the core in October. Mr. Blackmore considers it useless.
A seedling of Van Mons, which first fruited at Louvain in 1841, and was sent me by M. Papeleu in 1847.