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; round, and marked with a shallow suture. Skin, greenish yellow, and covered with thin white bloom. Flesh, yellowish, firm, not very juicy, sugary, and richly flavoured when highly ripened; adhering to the stone.
A dessert plum; ripe in the middle and end of September, and succeeds best against a wall. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, above medium size; oval. Skin, dark purple, covered with a dense bloom. Flesh, juicy, rich, and of excellent flavour, separating from the stone.
Ripe in the end of September. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, as large as Red Magnum Bonum; oval, with a well-defined suture, one side of which is often larger than the other. Skin, very dark purple or rather dark maroon, paler where shaded. Stalk, an inch long, very slender and green, set in a wide depression. Flesh, yellow, firm, juicy, sweet, and of good flavour, adhering to the stone.
A fine large cooking plum; ripe in the middle of September.
Large Green Drying. See Knight's Green Drying.
Fruit, rather below medium size; roundish, and slightly elongated, and swollen on one side of the suture. Skin, membranous, greenish yellow, covered with white bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, and stout, set in a small cavity. Flesh, rather sweet, and pleasantly flavoured.
Suitable either for dessert or culinary purposes, and is one of the best of those varieties known by the name of Damas. The young shoots are smooth.
Fruit, of the same shape but smaller than the Green Gage. Skin, greenish yellow, covered with thin white bloom. Stalk, stout, three-quarters of an inch long. Flesh, green, juicy, rich, and sugary, separating from the stone.
A dessert plum; ripe in the end of September and beginning of October. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, about the size of the Purple Gage, and like it in every respect of shape and colour; marked with a slight suture. Stalk, an inch or more long, very slender. Flesh, quite apricot yellow, rich, sweet, sugary, and of very fine flavour, adhering to the stone.
This is a seedling of Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, which fruited for the first time in 1865. It is by far the richest flavoured late plum, and ripens in the end of October and beginning of November. Shoots, smooth.
Lawrence Gage. See Lawrence's Favourite.
Fruit, large; round, and flattened at both ends. Skin, dull yellowish green, streaked with darker green on the side exposed to the sun, veined with brown, and covered all over with thin grey bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, greenish, tender, melting, and juicy, rich, sugary, and with a fine, vinous, brisk flavour, separating from the stone.
A delicious dessert plum; ripe in the beginning of September. The tree is a free, upright grower, and an abundant bearer. Young shoots, downy.