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, narrowing a little towards the stalk, and marked with a very faint suture. Skin, greenish yellow, becoming of a rich golden yellow, flushed with red on the side next the sun, and dotted with red dots. Stalk, an inch long, thin, and inserted in a shallow cavity. Flesh, yellow, firm, and juicy, rich, sugary, and delicious, separating from the stone.
A very richly flavoured dessert plum; ripe in the beginning and middle of September. The tree is an excellent grower, and an abundant bearer. Young shoots, smooth, or with the faintest trace of fine down.
This remarkably fine plum came to ns originally from America, where it was raised by Judge Buel, and named in honour of President Jefferson.
A dessert plum; ripe in the middle of September. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, large, one inch and seven-eighths wide and two inches and an eighth long; round, inclining to oblate, marked on one side with a shallow suture. Skin, thin, greenish at first, but becoming greenish yellow as it ripens, and with a pale brownish red cheek, strewed with green and yellowish dots on the side next the sun, the whole covered with a thin bluish bloom. Stalk, over half an inch long. Flesh, whitish yellow, firm, very juicy and tender, with a sugary and very rich flavour.
A large and handsome form of the old Green Gage, and possessing all its merits; ripe in the middle and end of September. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, the size and shape of the Green Gage. Skin, thin, of a fine deep yellow colour, flushed with bright crimson on the side next the sun, and strewed with darker crimson dots, the whole covered with a delicate white bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slightly depressed. Flesh, deep yellow, very tender and juicy, sugary, and richly flavoured, separating with difficulty from the stone.
A first-rate and most delicious early plum, equal in all respects to the Green Gage, and ripening in the end of July. Shoots, smooth.
Keyser's Plum. See Hulings's Superb.
Fruit, above medium size; round, and marked with a very faint suture. Skin, dark purple, with a few deep yellow dots, and covered with a dense bright blue bloom, which is not easily rubbed off. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a very deep depression. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, juicy, separating freely from the stone, and very richly flavoured.
A delicious dessert plum; ripe in the beginning and middle of September. The young shoots are smooth. The tree is hardy and vigorous, and an abundant bearer, well suited either for a standard or to be grown against a wall.
It was first introduced by Joseph Kirke, a nurseryman, at Brompton, near London, who told me he first saw it on a fruit-stall near the Royal Exchange, and that he afterwards found the trees producing the fruit were in Norfolk, whence he obtained grafts and propagated it. But its true origin was in the grounds of Mr. Poupart, a market gardener at Brompton - on the spot now occupied by the lower end of Queen's Gate - and where it sprung up as a sucker from a tree which had been planted to screen an outbuilding. It was given to Mr. Kirke to be propagated, and he sold it under the name it now bears.
Knevett's Late Orleans. See Nelson's Victory.