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, cylindrical, sometimes broader at the top and narrowing downwards; dark green, and mealy, changing to pale orange tinged with copper-colour. Pips, medium sized, rather flat, the scales covering one-half, deep red towards the points. Flesh, solid, lemon-coloured, semi-transparent, somewhat stringy, juicy, and acid, without much flavour or sweetness. Crown, rather large. Flowers, purple.
This is not a pine of any great merit, though it used to be a good deal grown at one time.
The fruit of this is similar in all respects to the Queen, but the plant is distinguished from it by the leaves being furrowed, and in the veins on the under-surface being entirely destitute of mealiness, thereby causing it to have a striped appearance. It is an excellent and highly flavoured fruit, and superior to the Common Queen.
New Ripley. See Montserrat.
Fruit, cylindrical, inclining to oval; deep olive green, densely covered with meal, deep orange-yellow when ripe. Pips, large and flat, the scales covering rather more than a third, and ending in short points, which adhere closely to the pips. Flesh, pale yellow, rather stringy, and slightly acid, very juicy, but particularly well flavoured. Crown, small. Flowers, lilac.
A large free-growing pine, generally weighing from four to seven pounds.
Old Queen. See Queen. Old Ripley. See Ripley.
Fruit, large, weighing from six to eight pounds, cylindrical, tapering a little towards the crown; darkish olive green, but changing as it ripens to dark orange-yellow; not mealy. Pips, an inch in diameter, rather more than half covered by the scales. Flesh, melting, pale yellow, not very juicy, and of good flavour. Crown, medium sized. Flowers, lilac.
This, with the exception of the prickles, is very much like Smooth-leaved Cayenne, but the fruit does not keep so well, and it sometimes begins to decay at the base before it is quite ripe at the top.
Fruit, large, varying from six to eight pounds weight; tall, conical; yellow, with a bronze tinge. Pips, round and prominent, about half covered with the scales. Flesh, yellow, tender, and very juicy, with a rich and exquisite flavour. Crown, medium sized. Flowers, purple.
This is a summer and autumn fruit.
Fruit, large, oval or cylindrical, as wide at the top as at the bottom; dark green or purple, and very mealy, changing gradually to reddish yellow as it ripens. Pips, very large, and nearly flat, rather depressed in the centre, the scales nearly half covering them, and terminating in shortened blunt points. Flesh, white, solid, sweet, and juicy, rather soft and melting, and without much flavour. Crown, large. Flowers, large; dark purple.
This is the largest and one of the coarsest of all the pine-apples. The largest I have ever heard of was that grown by the gardener to Mr. Edwards, of Rheola Valc, near Neath, in South Wales. It weighed fourteen pounds twelve ounces, including four gill-suckers, and measured twenty-six inches in circumference, and twelve inches in height.