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, large; oval, or roundish oval, a little more round than Prince Engelbert, marked with a deep suture and a large style-point. Skin, dull red, but when highly ripened quite black and covered with thin blue bloom, which gives it a bright purple look; on the shaded side, or when not highly ripened, it has a mahogany colour. Stalk, very short, slender, and green, deeply inserted. Flesh, yellowish, tender, very juicy, separating from the stone, and with an agreeable flavour. Stone, very small.
A valuable culinary plum on account of its great size and earliness. It is ripe in the beginning of August. The tree bears as heavily as its parent, Prince Engelbert, and the fruit is quite a fortnight earlier than that variety, and never cracks with the rain. Young shoots, smooth.
This excellent plum was raised by Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, from Prince Engelbert, fertilised by Early Prolific, and first fruited in 1874. It received its name from the Emperor of Russia having visited this country during the year of its first fruiting. I received the fruit from Mr. Rivers on the 11th of August, 1874, and it was then dead ripe.
Dalrymple Damson. See Damson. Damas Blanc. See Large White Damask. Damas Blanc Gros. See Large White Damask, Damas Blanc Hâtif Gros. See Large White Damask. Damas Blanc Petit. See Small White Damask. Damas Blanc Très Hâtif. See Large White Damask.
Fruit, small; oval, and without any apparent suture. Skin, membranous, but separating freely from the flesh, bright green, changing to yellowish as it ripens, covered with a very thin white bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, slender, inserted in a narrow and rather deep cavity. Flesh, greenish, transparent, firm, very sugary, and separating freely from the stone.
A dessert plum of good flavour; ripe in the end of August. Shoots, smooth. The tree in its habit of growth resembles that of Large White Damask.
Fruit, small, an inch and a quarter in diameter; round, with a very shallow suture. Skin, black-purple, strewed with russet dots. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a small shallow cavity. Flesh, yellow, tender, juicy, and well though not richly flavoured, separating from the stone.
A second-rate dessert plum; ripe in the beginning and middle of September. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, above medium size; round, and inclining to oblate, without any apparent suture. Skin, adhering to the flesh, lively purple, strewed with minute yellowish dots, and thickly covered with blue bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, slender, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, not very juicy, but sugary, and separating from the stone.
A baking or preserving plum; ripe in the beginning and middle of September. Young shoots, smooth. The tree is a vigorous grower and an abundant bearer.