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"; turbinate. Skin, greenish yellow, very much covered with large russety dots, which give it a freckled appearance. Eye, small and open, slightly depressed. Stalk, an inch long, obliquely inserted without depression. Flesh, tender, very juicy, sweet, and with a high aroma.
An excellent market-gardening pear; ripe in October. The tree is hardy, vigorous, and a most abundant bearer. It forms a fine standard, succeeding in almost every situation, and particularly in the northern climates, where the more tender varieties do not attain perfection. It is grown to a large extent as a market pear, and is one of the best and most remunerating to the grower.
It takes its name from the village of Hessle, in Yorkshire, where it was first discovered. Mr. Decaisne thought it was of German origin, and says he preferred using the German name instead of the French translation - Noisette!
Fruit, very small, roundish turbinate, even and regular in its outline. Skin, dull greenish yellow when ripe, and thickly covered with russet dots, so as to form a kind of crust on the surface. Eye, full of stamens, open, having short divergent segments, and set in a very shallow depression. Stalk, from half an inch to three-quarters long, slender, inserted in a small cavity, with occasionally a slight swelling on one side. Flesh, yellowish, firm, crisp, and very astringent.
A notable perry pear in Herefordshire.
Fruit, small, two inches and a quarter broad, and the same high; Bergamot-shaped, even and handsome in its outline. Skin, with a fine bright red cheek on the side next the sun, and fine golden yellow in the shade, strewed and mottled with patches of thin cinnamon-coloured russet, and with a patch of russet round the stalk. Eye, small and open, with short erect segments, set in a wide, shallow basin. Stalk, slender, very short, inserted in a small hole. Flesh, yellowish, juicy, melting, rather coarse-grained, sweet, and without much perfume.
A second-rate pear; ripe in the beginning of November, when it rots almost immediately.
Fruit, below medium size; obovate. Skin, smooth, bright green at first, changing to greenish yellow as it attains maturity, and with a slight trace of russet, strewed with brown russety dots. Eye, open, with long acuminate reflexed segments, set in a shallow basin. Stalk, an inch long, stout, and inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, whitish, rather gritty at the core, tender, very juicy, and melting, and of a rich, vinous, sweet flavour.
A dessert pear; ripe in September. Tree, vigorous and healthy, and succeeds well as a standard.
Huyshe's Bergamot. See Huyshe's Prince of Wales.