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, large, roundish and flattened, and marked with a rather shallow suture. Skin, thin and delicate, of a deep golden yellow on the shaded side, but with a highly coloured red cheek where exposed to the sun, and speckled with large and small red specks. The flesh is reddish yellow, tender, but somewhat firm; never becomes mealy, but is juicy, and with a rich pine-apple flavour. Stone, oval, three-ribbed, and impervious along the back. Kernel, bitter.
Ripens in the middle of August.
Fruit, very small, resembling in shape and size the Red Masculine. It is round, and divided on one side by a deep suture. Skin, pale yellow on the shaded side, and deep yellow, tinged with red, and marked with brown and red russet spots on the side next the sun. Flesh, deep yellow, tender, melting, with a rich sugary and musky flavour; adhering somewhat to the stone. Stone, almost round, impervious along the back. Kernel, bitter.
Ripe in the beginning and middle of August.
Fruit, round; ripening at the same time as Précoce d'Oullins, to which it is much inferior.
Fruit, small; compressed on the sides, marked with a deep suture, which extends from the base to the apex, and is higher on one side than the other. Skin, yellow on the shaded side, but red where exposed to the sun. Flesh, yellow and melting, with a rich flavour and pleasant aroma, but rather dry. Stone, rugged. Kernel, sweet.
Ripe in the end of July. The tree is a free grower, with pretty long shoots, which are thickly set with triple and sometimes quadruple buds.
Fruit, small, a little over an inch in diameter; roundish, inclining to oblate, marked with a suture, which is rather deep at the stalk, and becomes more shallow towards the apex. Skin, bright yellow on the shaded side, and deep orange spotted with dark red next the sun. Flesh, deep orange, tender, and juicy, with a sweet and somewhat musky flavour, separating freely from the stone. Stone, thick, obtuse at the ends, and impervious along the back. Kernel, bitter.
A very early apricot; ripe on a wall in the middle and end of July.
This is a very old variety, being mentioned by Parkinson as early as 1629, and appears to have been so well known that every subsequent writer takes notice of it.
Above medium size, oblong, sides compressed. Skin, pale yellow, with rarely a few red spots next the sun. Suture, scarcely perceptible. Flesh, dull yellow, soft, and dry, separating from the stone, and possessing a sweet and agreeable acid juice, that makes it desirable for preserving. Stone, oblong, impervious. Kernel, bitter.
Ripe in the middle of August.
Rouge. See Angoumois.