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, below medium size, two inches and a half wide, by two inches high; roundish or oblate, even. Skin, entirely covered with dark mahogany red, with streaks of bright pale crimson on the side next the sun, and somewhat paler, though of the same colour, on the shaded side; the whole surface is strewed with distinct russet dots and mottled with patches and ramifications of cinnamon-coloured russet. Eye, set in a shallow, roughly plaited basin, with segments that are either divergent or connivent; when the former, they reflex like those of Court-pendu-plat, and when the latter, they touch each other by their edges and close the eye. Stamens, basal; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very short, often a mere knob, placed in a very narrow and shallow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, soft, and tender, slightly sweet, and with a pleasant acidity; occasionally it is tinged with red. Cells, ovate; axile, closed.
Earl of Yarmouth's Pearmain. See Oxnead Pearmain.
Fruit, very large, three inches and a half in diameter, and three inches high; conical, with very prominent angles on the sides, which extend to the apex, where they form bold and acute ridges, terminating in the basin of the eye. Skin, of an uniform greenish yellow, which changes to a fine lemon yellow when fully ripe, and here and there a large patch of green between the ribs near the stalk. Eye, half open, with long acuminate bright green and woolly segments, set in a rather deep and angular basin. Stalk, short and slender, imbedded in a very deep, round, and funnel-shaped cavity. Flesh, quite white, exceedingly tender and marrow-like, with a mild and agreeable acidity.
A remarkably fine culinary apple; in use from the beginning of August, and lasting throughout the month. It is one of the largest and best culinary apples I know.
The Early Almond is cultivated in the Essex and Berkshire orchards.
Fruit of medium size, two inches and three-quarters wide, and two inches and a quarter high; round. Skin, smooth and shining, pale yellowish green at first, but changing to clear pale waxen yellow as it ripens, with a faint blush of red next the sun, and set with imbedded white specks, particularly round the eye. Eye, small and slightly closed, set in a round and shallow basin. Stamens, marginal or median; tube, conical or funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a rather shallow, somewhat russety cavity. Flesh, white, tender, crisp, and juicy, with a quick and pleasant sub-acid flavour. Cells, obovate; axile, open.
The tree is a healthy and free, though not a vigorous grower, and an abundant bearer. It is well adapted for dwarf or espalier training when grown on the paradise stock, and ought to find a place in every collection, however small.
Though of American origin, this variety succeeds to perfection in this country, a qualification which few of the American apples possess.