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, small, two inches and a half wide, and an inch and three-quarters high; oblate, even and symmetrical. Skin, dull brownish red on the side next the sun, greenish yellow, with a few pale red streaks, on the shaded side, the surface covered with patches and freckles of ashy grey russet. Eye, like that of the Blenheim Pippin, open, with divergent segments, set in a round, pretty deep, saucer-like basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, half an inch long, straight, inserted in a round, wide, and rather shallow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, tender, juicy, and sweet, with a pleasant acidity and aroma. Cells, obovate; axile, slit.
A handsome dessert apple; in use from October to December. It soon shrivels.
Girkin Pippin. See Wyken Pippin,
Glammis Castle. See Tower of Glammis.
Fruit, immensely large, sometimes measuring four inches and a half in diameter; of a roundish shape, prominently angular on the sides, ribbed round the eye, and flattened both at the base and the apex. Skin, smooth, pale yellowish green, interspersed with white dots and patches of thin delicate russet, and tinged with a faint blush of red next the sun. Eye, large, open, and deeply set in a wide and slightly furrowed basin. Stamens, median or basal; tube, conical. Stalk, short and stout, inserted in a deep and open cavity, which is lined with russet. Flesh, white, tender, juicy, and, though not highly flavoured, is an excellent culinary apple. Cells, obovate; abaxile. It is in use from October to Christmas.
Supposed to be of American origin, but some doubts exist as to where it was first raised, that honour being claimed by several different localities. The general opinion, however, is that it originated in the garden of a Mr. Smith, in the neighbourhood of Baltimore, and was brought over to this country by Captain George Hudson, of the ship Belvedere, of Baltimore, in 1817. It was introduced from America into France by Comte Lelieur in 1804. But from the account given in the Allgemeines Teutsches Gartenmagazin, it is doubtful whether it is a native of America, for in the volume of that work for 1805 it is said to have been raised by Herr Kunstgartner Maszman, of Hanover. If that account is correct, its existence in America is, in all probability, owing to its having been taken thither by some Hanoverian emigrants. At page 41, vol. iii., Dittrich has confounded the synonymes of the Gloria Mundi with Golden Mundi, which he has described under the name of Monstow's Pepping. It was called Belle Dubois by a nurseryman of the name of Dubois at Seeaux, near Paris, who sent it out under his own name.
Fruit, large, three inches and a half wide, and over two inches and three-quarters high; ovate, somewhat of the shape of Emperor Alexander, ribbed on the sides, and terminated round the eye by a number of puckered-like knobs. Skin, dull greenish yellow, with numerous imbedded whitish specks, particularly round the eye, and covered with large dark russety dots, and linear marks of russet; but on the side exposed to the sun it is of a deeper yellow, with a few broken streaks and dots of crimson. Eye, small and slightly closed, set in a shallow and puckered basin. Stalk, short and fleshy, inserted in a wide, deep, and russety cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, tender, soft, juicy, sprightly, and slightly perfumed.
An excellent culinary apple; in use from October to January.
Glory of Flanders. See Brabant Bellefleur.