Fruit, large, three inches and a half wide, and three inches high; ovate, obtusely angular, terminating in ridges round the eye and small furrows into the basin of it. Skin, with a dull yellowish green tinge, striped with broken streaks of red on the shaded side, a dull brownish blush on the side next the sun, which is also marked with short, broken streaks of crimson. Eye, closed, with convergent segments, set in a deep and furrowed basin. Stamens, basal; tube, conical. Stalk, over half an inch long, stout, deeply set in a greenish russet-lined cavity; sometimes it is about an inch long, slender, and obliquely inserted by the side of a fleshy prominence. Flesh, tender, very juicy, mildly acid. Cells, obovate; axile or abaxile.

A very excellent culinary apple; in use up till Christmas, and a great favourite among the Kentish orchardists about Maidstone.

Cumberland Favourite. See Greenup's Pippin.

Curl Tail

Fruit, medium sized, three inches wide, and the same in height, inclusive of the prominent swelling at the stalk; round and flattened, somewhat obtusely angular, and with furrows at the crown. It has an extraordinary enlargement at the stalk, which curls round like a parrot's beak, which is russety. Skin, straw-coloured, without any traces of red or russet. Eye, closed, with convergent segments, set in a rather deep and furrowed basin. Stamens, marginal or median; tube, deep and wide, conical. Stalk, nearly obsolete, being the point of the fleshy swelling. Flesh, white, very tender, sweet, and agreeably flavoured. Cells, obovate; abaxile.

An extraordinary-looking apple, which possesses little merit, and is only fit for cooking. It is in use up till Christmas.

D'Arcy Spice (Baddow Pippim; Essex Spice; Spring Ribston)

Fruit, medium sized; roundish or rather oblate, with prominent ribs on the sides, which terminate in four, and sometimes five, considerable ridges at the crown, very much in the character of the London Pippin. It is sometimes of an ovate shape, caused by the stalk being prominent instead of depressed, in which case the ribs on the sides, and ridges round the eye, are less apparent. Skin, deep lively green, changing as it ripens to yellowish green, on the shaded side; but covered on the side next the sun with dull red, which changes to orange where it blends with the yellow ground; the whole considerably marked with thin brown russet, and russety dots. Eye, rather large and half open, with short, broad convergent segments, which are reflexed at the tips, and set in a deep angular and plaited basin. Stamens, basal; tube, wide conical. Stalk, very short, not more than a quarter of an inch long, and inserted the whole of its length in a shallow cavity. Flesh, greenish white, firm, crisp, juicy, sugary, and with a particularly rich and vinous flavour, partaking somewhat of the Nonpareil and Ribston, but particularly the latter. Cells, open, roundish obovate; axile.

This is a first-rate dessert apple; in use in November, and possessing the desirable property of keeping till April or May.

This valuable apple was discovered in the garden of The Hall, Toleshunt D'Arcy, near Colchester, and many old trees are still existing in that neighbourhood. It was always known by the name of D'Arcy Spice, or simply Spice Apple, till 1848, when Mr. John Harris, a nurseryman at Broomfield, near Chelmsford, propagated it from grafts taken from one of these old trees, and sold it under the name of Baddow Pippin. A few years later Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, put it in his catalogue as Spring Ribston.