Fondante De Charneu (Belle Excellente; Beurré des Char-neuses; Desirée Van Mons; Due de Brabant; De Legipont; Merveille de Charneu; Miel de Waterloo)

Fruit, large, sometimes very large, the ordinary size being two inches and a half wide, and three inches and a half long; pyriform, uneven in its outline. Skin, smooth, pale greenish yellow, with a faint tinge of red on the side next the sun, and thickly strewed with large russet dots. Eye, large and open, with erect acute segments, set in a shallow uneven basin. Stalk, upwards of an inch long, slender, curved, and inserted without depression by the side of a fleshy lip. Flesh, tender, buttery, and melting, sugary, and richly flavoured.

An excellent pear; ripe in November.

This was discovered as a wilding by M. Légipont growing on his property at Charneu, a village between Verviers and Aix la Chapelle, in the province of Liege, Belgium, in the beginning of the present century.

Fondante Du Comice

Fruit, above medium size, even and regular in its outline. Skin, of an uniform shade of yellowish or pea green, dotted with distinct russet dots, and covered with patches of grey russet; sometimes it has a faint tinge of red on one side. Eye, open, small, with erect acute segments, set in a very deep and smooth round basin. Stalk, straight, stout, and woody, also green like the skin, from half an inch to an inch long, and inserted obliquely, with a fleshy lip on one side of it. Flesh, crisp, and very juicy, sugary and rich, and with that cold acidulous juice which is met with in St. Germain and Beurré d'Aremberg.

An excellent pear; ripe in the beginning of November, but Mr. Blackmore says it is not to be compared to Doyenne du Cornice.

Fondante De Cuerne

Fruit, medium size; obovate. Skin, pale yellow, having the appearance of being blanched, like White Doyenne, smooth, and strewed with very minute brown dots, so small as to be hardly visible, and with sometimes a patch of cinnamon-coloured russet on some part of its surface. Eye, small and open, slightly depressed. Stalk, about three-quarters of an inch long, very stout and fleshy, and inserted in a shallow depression. Flesh, perfectly white, half-melting, juicy, and sweet, with very pleasant flavour and aroma.

A superior pear, both in size and quality, to Beurré Giffard, which ripens at the same season, about the third week in August.

Fondante de Jaffard. See Colmar d'Aremberg.

Fondante De Malines

Fruit, large; even, and handsomely shaped, obtusely obovate, blunt at the stalk. Skin, smooth, of a uniform deep golden yellow colour, mottled all over with cinnamon-coloured russet; on the side next the sun it is of a deeper yellow, with a crimson cheek, and spotted with crimson dots. Eye, clove-like, set in a pretty deep depression. Stalk, about an inch long, fleshy at the base, and inserted in a narrow round cavity. Flesh, white, buttery, and melting, juicy, sweet, and with a fine perfume.

A good dessert pear; ripe in November and continuing till December. It rots at the core, and decays treacherously. Mr. Blackmore found it worthless at Teddii gton; and Mr. Luckhurst says that on the Weald of Sussex it is sweet, with very little aroma.

Raised by Major Esperen, at Malines, in 1842.

Fondante de Mons. See Passe Colmar. Fondante Musquée. See Slimmer Thorn.