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, very large, four inches and a half long, and nearly four wide; pyriform, ribbed round the apex. Skin, yellow, covered with dots and patches of brown russet. Eye, open, set in a wide furrowed basin. Stalk, an inch long, set in a small narrow cavity. Flesh, with a rosy tinge like Josephine de Malines, very melting and juicy, slightly gritty, with a rich, sugary, and perfumed juice.
It was raised from seed sown in 1839, and the tree first produced fruit in 1855 when M. Fontaine, of Gheling, in Belgium, named it in honour of General Todleben, the gallant defender of Sebastopol - with whom it was my privilege to travel for two days during a visit I paid 10 Russia in 1869.
Fruit, very large; roundish turbinate. Skin, yellowish in the shade and brownish next the sun, entirely covered with thin brown russet, so much so as to leave scarcely any of the ground colour visible. Eye, large, open, with erect toothlike segments, set in a deep and plaited basin. Stalk, an inch long, deeply inserted in a two-lipped cavity. Flesh, firm, crisp, sweet, and juicy.
An excellent stewing pear; in use from November to February. The tree is hardy, an excellent bearer, and succeeds well as a standard.
Gilot. See Gilogil.
De Glace. See Virgouleuse.
Fruit, above medium size, three inches and a quarter long, and two and three-quarters wide; obovate, narrowing obtusely from the bulge to the eye and the stalk. Skin, smooth, pale greenish yellow, covered with greenish grey russet dots, and slight markings of russet. Eye, open, with long flat leafy segments, set in a rather deep basin. Stalk, an inch and a half long, rather slender, inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, white, tender, smooth, and buttery, of a rich and sugary flavour.
A first-rate dessert pear; in use from December to January.
The tree is hardy and an excellent bearer, and succeeds well as a standard, except in cold and exposed situations, where it requires to be grown against a south wall. It succeeds well on the quince. Mr. Blackmore's experience of it is that it is "bad on a standard and worse from a wall. Flat and loose-textured at its best. A vastly overrated pear in my opinion."
I have remarked, when treating of Beurrè d'Aremberg, that great confusion has existed between these two varieties. This was raised by Councillor Hardenpont at Mons. Van Mons named it Roi de Wurtemberg. and received a handsome snuff-box as an acknowledgment of the compliment from the King of Wurtemberg.
Glou Morçeau de Cambron. See Glou Morçeau. Gobert. See Gilogil.