Hambledon Deux Ans (Green Blenheim; Green Kitchen; Stone Blenheim; Black Blenheim)

Fruit, large, three inches wide, and two inches and a half high; roundish, rather broadest at the base. Skin, greenish yellow in the shade, and dull red, streaked with broad stripes of deeper and brighter red, on the side next the sun, and here and there a thin crust of grey russet. Eye, small and closed, set in a rather shallow plaited basin. Stamens, median or basal; tube, conical. Stalk, short, inserted in a shallow cavity. Flesh, greenish white, firm, crisp, not very juicy, but richly and briskly flavoured. Cells, wide open, obovate; abaxile.

One of the most valuable culinary apples, and not unworthy of the dessert; it is in use from January to May, and is an excellent keeper.

Originated at Hambledon, a village in Hampshire, where there are several trees of a great age now in existence.

Hammon's. See Hubbard's Pearmain.

Hammond's Guernsey Pippin. See Guernsey Pippin.

Hamper's American. See Red Astrachan.

Handsome Norman

Fruit, medium size, two inches and five-eighths wide, and two and a half high; bluntly conical, with a waist towards the apex, very uneven and irregular in its outline, being angular, and having one very prominent rib, which makes the fruit onesided; the base is rounded, and prominently swollen, so that the stalk is placed nearly on a level with the surface. Skin, smooth and shining, lemon-coloured in the shade, and entirely covered with a bright red cheek on the side next the sun; the whole surface is strewed with large russet specks, and the base surrounding the stalk has a patch of grey russet all over it. Eye, closed, with erect pointed segments, set in a deep, irregularly ribbed basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, long, conical. Stalk, very short, sometimes a mere knob, and sometimes half an inch long, inserted in a small shallow cavity. Flesh, yellowish, tender, spongy, and sweetish. Cells, open or closed, symmetrical, elliptical, or roundish ovate; axile, closed.

A Herefordshire cider apple.


Fruit, medium sized, two inches and five-eighths wide, and two inches and a half high, nearly oval, even and regular in shape, narrow at the apex, where there are several small ridges. Skin, yellow, covered with broken streaks of pale crimson. Eye, small and closed, or sometimes rather open, set in a narrow and plaited basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, very long and slender, as much as an inch and a quarter, straight, and inserted in a wide and not deep cavity. Flesh, white, tender, crisp, and juicy, sweet, and with a pleasant flavour. Cells, ovate; axile, open.

A good apple; in use from November till February. It is grown about Horsham, in Sussex.

Hanging Pearmain. See Adams' Pearmain.

Hanwell Souring

Fruit, above medium size, three inches wide, and two inches and three-quarters high; roundish ovate, angular, or somewhat five-sided, and narrow towards the eye. Skin, greenish yellow, sprinkled with large russety dots, which are largest about the base, and with a faint blush of red next the sun. Eye, closed, set in a deep, narrow, and angular basin, which is lined with russet. Stamens, basal; tube, funnel-shaped or conical. Stalk, very short, inserted in an even funnel-shaped cavity, from which issue ramifications of russet. Flesh, white, firm, crisp, with a brisk and poignant acid flavour. Cells, elliptical or obovate; axile, slit.

An excellent culinary apple of first-rate quality; in use in December, and keeps till March, when it possesses more acidity than any other variety which keeps to so late a period.

It is said to have been raised at Hanwell, a place near Banbury, in Oxfordshire.