Best Bache (Bache's Kernel)

Fruit, medium sized; oblong, with obtuse angles on the sides, which extend to the apex. Skin, yellow, shaded with pale red, and streaked with darker red, interspersed with a few black specks. Eye, small, segments short and flat. Stalk, short and stout.

Specific gravity of the juice, 1073.

A cider apple, grown in the south-cast part of Herefordshire.


Fruit, small, about two inches wide, and an inch and three-quarters high; roundish, inclining to conical and flattened. Skin, dark green at first, and considerably covered with ashy grey russet, but changing to pale yellow, and with a brownish tinge on the side next the sun. Eye, open, with short reflexed segments, and set in a very shallow depression. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short, about a quarter of an inch long, with a fleshy protuberance on one side of it, and inserted in a shallow and narrow cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, tender, juicy, rich, and sugary. Cells, open, pointed, oblato-obovate.

A dessert apple of first-rate quality, in use from November to January.

Betty Geeson

Fruit, two inches and three-quarters wide, and two inches high, quite flat and with obtuse ribs on the sides. Skin, smooth and shining, of a fine bright yellow colour, and a deep blush on the side next the sun. Eye, large, open, with divergent segments, and set in a deep, wide, and irregular basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, over half an inch long, slender, deeply set in a wide cavity. Flesh, white, tender, sweet, and with a brisk acidity. Cells, obovate, open.

A valuable late-keeping kitchen apple, which continues in use till April or May. The tree is a great bearer, and from its small growth is well adapted for bush culture.

In the last edition of this work I described Betty Geeson as a Yorkshire apple. It is really a Worcestershire variety, and was sent to a meeting of the British Pomological Society, in 1854, by Dr. Davies, of Pershore, by whom grafts were distributed among the members of the Society.

Bide's Walking-stick. See Burr-knot.

Biggs's Nonesuch

Fruit, medium sized; round, and broadest at the base. Skin, yellow, striped with bright crimson next the sun. Eye, open, with long reflexed segments, set in a wide and deep basin. Stalk, short and deeply inserted. Flesh, yellowish, tender, and juicy.

An excellent culinary apple, in use from October to December. It is fit for use immediately it is gathered off the tree, and has a strong resemblance to the old Nonesuch, but keeps much longer.

The tree is hardy and an excellent bearer; attains to the medium size, and is less liable to the attacks of the woolly aphis than the old Nonesuch.

This variety was raised by Mr. Arthur Biggs, gardener to Isaac Swainson, Esq., of Twickenham, Middlesex.

Birdstow Wasp (Wasp Apple)

Fruit, large, three inches and a quarter wide, and two inches and a half high; roundish oblate, irregular in its outline, having several prominent ribs which extend to the crown, but sometimes the shape is more regular. Skin, smooth, deep lemon yellow where shaded, and with a red cheek where exposed to the sun, and which is splashed with broken streaks of crimson. Eye, large, with broad convergent segments set in a pretty deep angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short, set in a shallow, narrow cavity. Flesh, soft and tender, mild, and with little or no flavour. Cells, ovate, large, abaxile, and Codlin-like. An early cooking apple, ripe in September and October.

This derives its name from the parish of Birdstow, near Ross, Herefordshire, and is called "the Wasp Apple," because these insects are so fond of it. The skin is greasy when handled, and leaves the apple scent on the hands.