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, below medium size, two inches and a half wide, and two inches high; Bergamot-shapecl. Skin, smooth, of an uniform golden colour, sprinkled with many russet dots and patches of russet, and with a red blush next the sun. Eye, small and open, rather deeply set. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, stout, and inserted in a small round cavity. Flesh, white, very tender, buttery, and melting, with a pleasant brisk flavour.
Of second quality; ripe in November and December.
Fruit, medium sized; pyriform. Skin, smooth and glossy, pale green, changing to yellowish green on the shaded side, and of a fine dark clear russet next the sun, and covered with numerous reddish green dots next the sun, and dark green in the shade. Eye, open, with small short segments, set in a slight depression. Stalk, an inch and a half long, fleshy at the base, and inserted without depression. Flesh, whitish, crisp, juicy, sweet, and with a musky flavour.
Culot. See Donville.
Culotte de Suisse. See Verte Longue Panachée.
Curé. See Vicar of Winkfield.
Fruit, medium sized; obovate, tapering rather obliquely to the stalk. Skin, smooth, light greenish yellow, sprinkled with small grey dots and occasionally with a dull red cheek. Eye, rather small, set in a basin of moderate size. Flesh, white, finegrained, buttery, melting, sweet, sprightly, and perfumed. - Downing.
An early pear of good reputation in America.
Cypress. See Early Rousselet.
Fruit, small, two inches wide, and two and a quarter long; obovate and regular in its outline. Skin, greenish yellow, becoming quite yellow when fully ripened, dotted and veined with pale brown russet. Eye, open, set in a round saucer-like basin. Stalk, about an inch long, inserted in a small round cavity. Flesh, yellowish, tender, melting, and juicy, sugary, and with a rich perfume.
A first-rate pear; in use from November till January. On the Weald of Sussex and growing in soil of the Hastings Sand formation at Old-lands, near Uckfield, Mr. Luckhurst says, u The fruit is small and very handsome, wonderfully juicy and sweet, with an aroma of extraordinary richness. It is a veritable sweetmeat, and its value is all the greater from the fact of its keeping good quite six weeks after it is ripe."
This is an American pear, raised at Roxbury, Mass., by Mr. Francis Dana, and named in honour of Mr. C. M. Hovey, the well-known nurseryman of Boston, and author of " The Fruits of America." Mr. Hovey's name is pronounced "Huvvy."