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.
Bunches, long and tapering, sometimes more than a foot in length, well set and shouldered. Berries, rather small and round. Skin, white or rather greenish, assuming a yellowish tinge as the fruit attains maturity, covered with a thin grey bloom. Flesh, tender, and very juicy, with a rich Muscat flavour.
This excellent grape will ripen in a cool house.
This is a form of the Sweetwater, but somewhat earlier. In all respects it so nearly resembles this variety that it is not worth growing as distinct. From what I have seen of it, it sets as badly as the Sweetwater, and produces a bunch with a few large and a great many small berries.
Bunch, large, ovate, from eight to ten inches long, with large broad shoulders. Stalk, thick, rather gross and fleshy. Berries, enormously large, roundish in form, inclining to oblate, with a large style-point. Skin, thin, pale greenish amber, becoming of a rich amber when fully ripened. Flesh, tender, very juicy, with a rich sprightly Hamburgh flavour, exceedingly pleasant. The berries rarely possess more than two seeds, so that the volume of pulp in a single berry is very great.
This is the largest-berried white grape in cultivation; succeeds under the same treatment as Black Hamburgh, and ripens some weeks earlier than that variety. Plant of strong and robust growth, like that of the Canon Hall Muscat, and a very free and fruitful bearer.
Raised at Dalkeith Park, Midlothian, by Mr. Wm. Thomson, now of Clovenfords, N.B. It received a first-class certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1872. Many growers have failed to cultivate this fine grape successfully, and have consequently tended to depreciate its merits. Mr. William Thomson has grown it on a very large scale for some years, and produced the fruit in the greatest perfection. His brother, Mr. David Thomson, at Drumlanrig Castle, also finds no difficulty whatever with it.
Bunches, medium sized, compact, and rarely shouldered. Berries, very large, roundish, oblate, uneven, and hammered. Skin, thick, very black, and covered with a thin bloom. Flesh, pretty firm, coarse, and not so highly flavoured as the Black Hamburgh.
It ripens in an ordinary vinery. The berries are much larger and more flattened than those of the Black Hamburgh, and are generally hollow in the centre. Though a very showy fruit it is much inferior in quality to the Black Hamburgh.
It is called Wilmot's Hamburgh from having been grown very successfully by Mr. Wilmot, an extensive market gardener of Isleworth,
Bunches, rather above medium size, shouldered, and very loose, containing many badly-developed berries. Berries, large and round. Skin, thin and transparent, exhibiting the veins of the flesh; white, and covered with a thin bloom, and, when highly ripened, streaked with traces of russet. Flesh, tender, very juicy, sweet, and with a fine delicate flavour.
A well-known and excellent early grape, whose greatest fault is the irregularity with which its bunches are set.