Winter Russet

Fruit, about medium size, two inches and a quarter wide, and two inches high; roundish and flattened; the sides are angular, and the crown is ribbed. Skin, entirely covered with brown russet, which is thick but not rough, and in some specimens there is a tinge of orange ground colour, and in others there is a patch of smooth, shining, dark crimson. Eye, closed, with broad green leaflike segments, set in a moderately deep and rather angular basin. Stalk, from a quarter to half an inch long, woody and slender, inserted in an open and moderately deep cavity. Flesh, greenish white, very firm and crisp, but not juicy, with a brisk, somewhat sweet, and agreeably perfumed flavour.

An excellent kitchen apple, which bakes well, and makes good sauce; in use from Christmas till the end of February, and does not shrivel like most of the russets.

I received this from Mr. G. S. Wintle, of Gloucester, and it is generally met with in the orchards of that neighbourhood.

Winter Strawberry

Fruit, medium sized; roundish, inclining to conical, with obtuse angles; knobbed round the crown. Skin, yellow, striped with broken streaks of red. Eye, closed, surrounded with plaits in a shallow basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, conical or funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch to an inch long, inserted in a shallow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, crisp, juicy, briskly acid, and with a pleasant aroma. Cells, obovate; axile.

A culinary apple; in use from December to March.

Winter Whorle

Fruit, small, two inches and a half wide, and an inch and three-quarters high; oblate, undulating round the crown. Skin, yellowish green in the shade, and orange striped with broken streaks of crimson next the sun; russety all over the base and in the basin of the eye. Eye, closed, with flat convergent segments, set in a round plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, over half an inch long, straight, inserted in a rather shallow, wide cavity. Flesh, yellowish, tender, juicy, sweet, and of good flavour. Cells, open, ovate, pointed; axile.

An excellent late-keeping dessert apple, adapted for the North of Scotland; it keeps in good condition till March.

It was sent to me by my excellent friend Dr. J. Mackenzie, of Eileanach, Inverness.

Withington Fillbasket

Fruit, very large, four inches wide, by three and a quarter high; roundish and depressed, prominently and obtusely angular on the side and ribbed at the crown. Skin, uniformly green or yellowish green, and occasionally with the faintest tinge of dull red where fully exposed to the sun, and thickly strewed with minute russet dots. Eye, quite closed, with convergent segments, and set in a deep angular and plaited basin. Stamens, basal; tube, short, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short and stout, imbedded in the cavity. Flesh, firm, crisp, and pleasantly acid. Cells, obovate; axile. Core, very small for the size of the fruit.

A large and very handsome culinary apple; in use during September and October.

Wollaton Pippin. See Court Pendû Plat.