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.
See White Ischia. The variety Mr. Knight introduced under this name was the White Ischia. By the name "Nerii" is intended the "Nero," or Black Fig, of the Italians, and the variety Mr. Knight received was evidently incorrect; the true Fico Nero being the Black Ischia, and not the White Ischia.
Nero. See Black Ischia.
Fruit, very small, oblate, and with a short neck. Skin, dark black-purple all over the apex, and half-way towards the stalk, where it shades off to a reddish purple. Stalk, one-eighth of an inch long. Eye, open like an eyelet-hole. Flesh, pale rose-coloured, juicy, sweet, and well-flavoured.
Fruit, small, round, and regularly formed, without ribs. Skin, thick, quite black, covered with a thick blue bloom, which gives it a very handsome appearance, and cracking in white lines when ripe. Eye, closed. Stalk, short. Flesh, deep rose-coloured; tender, juicy, and very sweet, but not so rich and sugary.
This is like Black Bourjassotte, but is extremely early, it being quite past when the others are ripening.
Noire de Languedoc. See Negro Largo.
Fruit, roundish turbinate, tapering into a very long neck, some specimens measuring as much as three inches and three-quarters long from the eye to the end of the stalk. Skin, dark mahogany, gradually shading off to pale brown towards the neck, which is bright pea-green; the surface is thickly dotted and speckled with grey or white. Flesh, quite opaline, without any trace of red, with a rich syrupy juice and excellent flavour.
An excellent fig, introduced by Messrs. Osborn, of the Fulham Nursery, in 1879. The tree is an abundant bearer, and is well adapted for pot culture.
Fruit, small and oblate, with an oblique axis. Skin, very dark chestnut or mahogany, covered with a thin bloom, but where shaded and round the stalk it is green. Stalk, very short. Flesh, a sort of coppery colour, with a tinge of rose or salmon in it; juicy, tender, and sweet A good little fig.
Fruit, above medium size, roundish turbinate, even, regularly formed, and handsome in appearance. Neck, short. Skin, straw yellow, beautifully striped with longitudinal bands of bright, lively green, some of which are broad and some narrow. Eye, closed, and with a narrow iris round it. Stalk, about a quarter of an inch long. Flesh, bright rose-colour throughout, with a thick rim of white skin as a margin to it.
Similar in every respect to Col di Signora Bianca, except in the variegation of the skin and the shorter neck. It is equally as richly flavoured.
Fruit, medium sized, pyriform, with a short neck, and generally with one side of the crown hanging lower than the other; and marked with numerous longitudinal ribs, running from the stalk to the apex. Skin, green, with a brownish tinge, becoming gradually a dingy white as it dries. Flesh, bright rose-coloured throughout, becoming darker. Very rich and excellent.
An admirable variety for drying.
Peldure. See Peau Dure. Petaluse. See Angélique. Petite Aubique. See Bordeaux.