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, above medium size; oval, marked with a distinct suture. Skin, greenish yellow, marked with green stripes, and covered with thick bloom. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a small, even cavity. Flesh, greenish, tender, melting, and very juicy, with a rich and brisk flavour, separating from the stone.
This is an American variety, and was raised at Messrs. Prince's Nursery, Flushing, New York.
Prince's Imperial Gage. See Prince's Imperial.
Prolific Damson. See Damson.
Prune d'Allemagne. See Quetsche.
Prune d'Ast. See D'Agen.
Prune Damson. See Damson.
Prune de Gaillon. See Précoce de Tours.
Prune d'ltalie. See Italian Prune.
Prune de Lepine. See Norbert.
Prune de Milan. See Imperial de Milan.
Prune d'Orléans. See Orleans.
Prune Pêche. See Peach.
Prune de Prince. See Norbert.
Prune du Roi. See D'Agen.
Purple Egg. See Red Magnum Bonum.
Fruit, medium sized; round, slightly flattened at the ends, and marked with a shallow suture. Skin, fine light purple, dotted with yellow, and covered with pale blue bloom. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, with a rich, sugary, and most delicious flavour, and separating from the stone.
A dessert plum of the greatest excellence, and particularly richly flavoured if allowed to hang until it shrivels; ripe in the beginning of September. Shoots, smooth. Tree, hardy, and an excellent bearer; succeeds well either as a standard or against a wall.
This variety has the property of being less liable to crack in wet seasons than the Green Gage.
Queen Claudia. See Green Gage.
Fruit, below medium size; round, and marked with a slight suture. Skin, dark red next the sun, but paler towards the shaded side, where it is yellow, and covered all over with reddish dots. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a small depression. Flesh, yellow, rich, and sugary, separating from the stone.
An excellent dessert plum; ripe in September. The young shoots are smooth. The tree is a good bearer.
The Queen Mother of Parkinson and Ray is made synonymous with the Cherry Plum, which the figure of Parkinson decidedly confirms, being cordate. That of Rea is, I think, most likely to be the variety above described, as he says it is a fine-tasted round red plum. Langley is the first whose description and figure identify the variety now under notice. Hitt says there are two sorts of Queen Mother, the one pale red and the other bright yellow, and both thinly powdered.