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, medium sized; oval, narrowing towards the stalk, with a faint suture on one side. Skin, thick and membranous, pale yellow strewed with white dots, marked with a few red spots next the sun, and covered with thin white bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, greenish, tender, juicy, rich, sweet, and slightly perfumed, separating from the stone.
Fruit, small; oval, narrowing towards the stalk. Skin, pale yellow, covered with thin white bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, very slender, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, yellow, tender, sweet, and pleasantly flavoured, separating from the stone.
A very early dessert plum; ripe in the end of July. The tree is of slender growth, and is a very prolific bearer. Young shoots, downy. Though by no means a plum of the first quality, it is worth growing against a wall on account of its earliness.
Fruit, below medium size; round, with a very faint suture, and with a slight elevation, on which the stalk is placed. Skin, red, strewed with yellow dots, darker on the side next the sun than on the shaded side. Stalk, half an inch long, slender, inserted on the level of a small swelling. Flesh, yellow, with thread-like white veins; juicy, sweet, and well flavoured, adhering to the stone.
A second-rate plum, ripe in the middle of September.
Fruit, below medium size; oval. Skin, dark purple, covered with darker purple specks. Stalk, half an inch long. Flesh, greenish yellow, agreeably acid, and having red veins near the stone, to which it adheres, and when cooked the small end of the stone is bright red.
A very valuable preserving plum, ripe in the middle of September. Young shoots, downy.
Fruit, about medium size; round, and marked with a shallow suture. Skin, deep purple, almost black, strewed with small dots, and covered with blue bloom. Flesh, melting, juicy, sugary, and rich, separating from the stone.
A delicious dessert plum. It is ripe in the beginning of September, and becomes quite a sweetmeat when it shrivols. Shoots, smooth.
Fruit, below medium size; oval. Skin, dark purple, almost black, and covered with a thin blue bloom. Stalk, bright green to the last, set in a small cavity. Flesh, brisk, juicy, and agreeably flavoured, adhering closely to the stone.
A culinary plum; ripe in October. It is much grown in the northern parts of Yorkshire, and is not unlike the Winesour in appearance, but is very much later.
Yellow Apricot. See Apricot.