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, exactly similar in shape to Gansel's Bergamot. Skin, green, thickly covered with russet dots and freckles, which sometimes form patches; it becomes yellowish green when ripe. Eye, open, with short segments, set in a rather deep saucer-like basin. Stalk, half an inch to an inch long, stout, fleshy at the insertion. Flesh, white, rather coarse-grained and gritty, not very juicy nor melting.
This is only a second-rate pear, and has not the musky flavour of the Gansel's Bergamot. Mr. Blackmore says "there is scarcely a worse pear."
Fruit, not unlike the Seckle in shape, and also with much of the character of Gansel's Bergamot on a small scale. The skin has a solid bright crimson cheek next the sun, which shades off to yellow on the opposite side; the shaded side is covered with a thin smooth crust of cinnamon-coloured russet, and the crimson cheek is strewed with distinct dots of grey russet. Eye, small and closed, with erect acute segments, set in a narrow and considerable basin. Stalk, generally short and stout, but sometimes three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a narrow and rather deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish, rather coarse-grained and gritty, with a sweet, abundant, and very richly-sugared juice, and a high perfume, but not so much so as in Seckle.
A first-rate pear; ripe in the beginning of November.
A seedling raised by the late Mr. Williams, of Pitmaston, Worcester. It was obtained by crossing Seckle with Gansel's Bergamot, and Mr. Williams named it Gansel-Seckle, and not Gansel's Seckle, as it is sometimes written.
Fruit, small; roundish ovate, even in its outline. Skin, straw-coloured, covered with russet dots and patches. Eye, clove-like, set in a shallow basin. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, white, juicy, and melting, brisk, vinous, and sweet, with a pleasant rose-water flavour.
A rather good pear; ripe in the end of October and beginning of November.
Garde Ecorse. See Gilogil.
Fruit, medium sized; obtuse-pyriform. Skin, pale greenish yellow, thickly covered with grey russety dots. Eye, small and open, with acute erect segments, placed in a shallow depression. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, buttery, with a rich, sweet, and somewhat musky flavour.
An excellent pear; ripe in October and November. The tree is hardy, an excellent bearer, and succeeds well as a standard.
Gendesheim. See Gendebien.
Fruit, large, three inches and three-quarters long, and two and three-quarters wide; pyramidal, uneven in its outline. Skin, of a deep golden yellow colour, with a bright crimson cheek where it is exposed to the sun, and where it is also covered with large crimson dots like Forelle and Louise Bonne of Jersey; where shaded the dots are cinnamon-coloured, and there is a patch of cinnamon russet round the stalk. Eye, very large and open, with large leaf-like segments, set in a shallow depression. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, thick and fleshy. Flesh, rather firm, not very juicy, sweet, and agreeably flavoured.
Ripe in the second week of September, when it soon becomes mealy, and rots at the core. Mr. Blackmore considers it not worth growing.