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.
Large, roundish heart-shaped, and handsome. Skin, very much mottled with deep rich red on a yellow ground, and, when much exposed to the sun, almost entirely of a rich glossy red. Stalk, from one inch and a half to two inches long. Flesh, pale yellow, firm, rich, and juicy, with a sweet and high flavour.
May. See Early May.
Fruit, large, roundish, flattened at both ends, indented at the apex, in the centre of which there is a small dot of russet. A very shallow but distinct suture extends all round the fruit. Skin, at first of a red cornelian colour, but becoming of a dark red when fully ripened. Stalk, about an inch and a half long, supported on a common peduncle, which bears several others. Flesh, red, tender, juicy, and richly flavoured. Juice, dark-coloured, and it stains red. Stone, small, nearly round, and slightly flattened.
The name May Duke is supposed to be a corruption of Medoc, whence this kind of cherry was first brought.
De Meruer. See Heine Hortense.
Merveille de Hollande. See Reine Hortense.
Merveille de Septembre. See Tardive de Mans.
Milan. See Morello.
Millett's Early Heart Duke. See May Duke.
Monats-amarelle. See All Saints.
Monats-weichsel. See All Saints.
Monstrueuse de Bavay. See Reine Hortense.
Monstrueuse de Jodoigne. See Reine Hortense.
Montmorency. See Gros Gobet.
Montmorency ŕ Courte Queue. See Gros Gobet.
Montmorency ŕ Gros Fruit. See Gros Gobet.
Morelle. See Morello.
Fruit, large, roundish, inclining to heart-shaped; compressed a little on one side, which is marked with a slight suture, and somewhat depressed at the apex. Skin, dark red, but Changing to a deeper colour, and becoming almost black the longer it hangs on the tree. Stalk, from an inch and a half to two inches long, inserted in a slight depression. Flesh, deep purplish red, tender, juicy, and briskly acid, but when allowed to hang till it attains its darkest colour it is rich and agreeably flavoured.
The tree is of a spreading habit of growth, with pendulous shoots; it is very hardy, and an abundant bearer. It succeeds well as a standard, but is generally grown against a wall exposed to the north, where it produces its fruit of greater size and much later, and attains greater perfection than any other kind of fruit would do in a similar situation.
This is a very old variety, being mentioned by Parkinson in 1629, and it appears to me that "The great bearing cherry of Master Millen"of the same author is the same as the Morello, and hence Switzer calls it the "Milan" : "is a reasonable great red cherry bearing plentifully although it bee planted against a north wall, yet it will bee late ripe, but of an indifferent, sweet, and good relish."
Morello de Charmeux. See Belle Magnifique.
Morestein. See Reine Hortense.
Morris's Duke. See May Duke.
Morris's Early Duke. See May Duke.
Nain ŕ Fruit Rond Précoce. See Early May.
Nain Précoce. See Early May.