This section is from the "The Fruit Manual; Containing The Descriptions and synonymes of the fruits and fruit trees commonly met with in the gardens & orchards of Great Britain, with selected lists of those most worthy of cultivation" book, by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual
Weisser Riessling. See White Rissling.
West's St. Peter's (Black Lombardy, Money's St. Peter's; Poonah; Raisin des Carmes; Raisin de Cuba). —Bunches large, tapering, and well shouldered. Berries large, roundish-oval, and varying in size. Skin thin, very black, covered with a blue bloom. Flesh tender, very juicy, sweet, and with a fine sprightly flavour.
This is a very fine late grape, and requires to be grown in a house with stove heat.
White Chasselas. See Royal Muscadine.
White Constantia. See White Frontignan.
White Corinth (White Kishmish; Stoneless Round-berried; Corinthe Blanc).— Bunches small, shouldered, and loose. Berries very small. Skin yellowish-white, changing to amber. covered with white bloom. Flesh very juicy, sub-acid and with a refreshing flavour. The seeds are entirely wanting. Of no value.
White Cucumber. See Cornichon Blanc.
White Frontignan (White Constantia; Nepean's Constantia; Muscat Blanc; Moscatel Commun; Raisin de Frontignan; Weisser Muskateller).—Bunches large, long, cylindrical, and compact, without shoulders. Berries medium sized, round. Skin dull greenish-white, or yellow, covered with thin grey bloom. Flesh rather firm, juicy, sugary, and very rich, with a fine Muscat flavour.
This will ripen either in a cool or warm vinery, but is worthy of the most favourable situation in which it can be grown. The vine is an abundant bearer, and forces well.
White Hamburgh. See White Lisbon.
White Kishmish. See White Corinth.
White Lisbon (White Hamburgh; White Portugal; White Raisin).— Bunches large and loose. Berries oval. Skin greenish-white. Flesh firm and crackling, not very juicy, but with a sweet and refreshing flavour.
It is this grape which is so largely imported from Portugal during the autumn and winter months, and sold in the fruiterers' and grocers' shops under the name of Portugal Grapes.
White Melier. See Early White Malvasia.
White Muscadine. See Royal Muscadine.
White Nice.—Bunches very large and loose, with several shoulders. Berries medium sized, round, and hanging loosely on the bunches. Skin thin, but tough, and membranous; greenish-white, becoming pale amber coloured as it ripens. Flesh firm and sweet. Bunches of this variety have been grown to weigh 18 lbs. The leaves are very downy underneath.
White Portugal. See White Lisbon. White Raisin. See White Lisbon.
White Rissling (Weisser Riessling).—Bunches small, short, and compact, scarcely, if at all, shouldered. Ber-ries round, or somewhat oblate. Skin thin, greenish-white, and, when highly ripened, sometimes with a reddish tinge. Flesh tender, fleshy, and juicy, with a sweet and agreeably aromatic flavour.
This may be grown either in a cool vinery, or against a wall in the open air. The vine is a great bearer, and is very extensively grown in the vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle.
White Romain (Muscat Romain).— Bunches below medium size, and rather closely set. Berries medium sized, oval. Skin thin, and so transparent that the seeds can be seen through it; yellowish white, and with a thin bloom. Flesh tender, very juicy, and sweet. An excellent early grape. The wood is very short-jointed, and the vine forms a small bush; it is well suited for pot culture.
Mr. Rivers introduced this variety, expecting it to be a Muscat; but when it fruited it was found not to be so, and he, therefore, adopted the present name.
White Sweetwater (Stillward's Sweetwater; Dutch Sweetwater; Perle Blanche). — Bunches rather above medium size, shouldered, and very loose, containing many badly-developed berries. Berries large and round. Skin thin and transparent, exhibiting the veins of the flesh; white, and covered with a thin bloom, and when highly ripened streaked with traces of russet. Flesh tender, very juicy, sweet, and with a fine delicate flavour.
A well-known and excellent early grape, whose greatest fault is the irregularity with which its bunches are set. There is another Sweetwater, called, by the Dutch, Water. zoet Witte, which is a very inferior variety to this.
White Tokay.—Bunches rather large and compact, from nine inches to a foot long, and broad-shouldered. Berries large and oval. Skin thin, pale coloured, but assuming an amber colour at maturity. Flesh tender and juicy, with a rich flavour. This, in the size of the bunch and form and size of the berries, resembles Muscat of Alexandria; but the bunches are much more compact, and the fruit has not the slightest trace of the Muscat flavour.
Wilmot's Hamburgh. See Dutch Hamburgh. Worksop Manor. See Black Damascus. Zante. See Black Corinth.