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, a foot long, not shouldered, or very slightly so. Stalks, stout. Berries, medium sized, round, with stout, waited berry-stalks. Skin, white, covered with a thin bloom, and marked with a distinct style-point at the apex. Flesh, tender, very rich, and finely flavoured, with an admixture of citron and mascat.
A very fine grape, raised by Mr. Standish, of Ascot, from a small early grape called Blanc de Saumur, crossed with Citron Frontignan. It resembles White Frontignan in the bunch. The vine is well suited for pot culture or for a cool house. I have had the fruit ripen out of doors and of good flavour.
Berries, medium sized, round, inclining to oval. Skin, deep purple. Flesh, very rich and juicy, with a slight muscat aroma.
An early grape, ripening about the end of August. The vine forms a dwarf bush, and on that account is well adapted for pot culture, but it is a delicate grower. It ripens against a wall in the open air.
Raised by M. Vibert, of Angers. It has a small indifferent little bunch, and its earliness is its only recommendation.
August Traube. See Black July.
Auvergne Frontignan. See Early Auvergne Frontignan.
Bammerer. See Black Hamburgh.
Bunches, medium sized, shouldered. Berries, slightly oval, or obround. Skin, thin and delicate, of a grizzly colour, or pale red, covered with a thin grey bloom. Flesh, delicate, juicy, sweet, and with somewhat of a Royal Muscadine flavour, but very much richer. Gallesio says it is "the king of dessert grapes."
This is a very fine dessert grape.
The grape which has been grown in this country for some years under the name of Barbarossa is a totally different variety. Its correct name is Gros Guillaume, and it is black, while the Barbarossa is, as its name implies, a rose-coloured or grizzly grape.
Barbaroux. See Gromier du Cantal.
Bar-sur-Aubo. See Early Chasselas. Bee d'Oiseau. See Cornichon Blanc.
The bunches are medium sized, well set, and of an ovate shape. The berries are large and roundish oval. Skin, white, very thin and tender, so as to show the texture of the flesh through, and covered with very thin white bloom. Flesh, tender, very juicy, and melting, with a fine Black Hamburgh flavour.
A very fine white grape of great merit, both for flavour and its earliness. It ripens about the same time as the Sweetwater, and before the Royal Muscadine. The Panse Jaune is frequently and erroneously called Bicane on the Continent.
Bunches, large, long, loose, and shouldered. Berries, large and round. Skin, thin, quite black, and covered with a thin blue bloom. Flesh, tender, melting, and juicy, but with a most disagreeable earthy flavour, which seems peculiar to it, as I have never met with this variety without it.
It ripens very well against a wall, in the West of England, by the end of October. The leaves die yellow.
Bilsenroth. See Black Hamburgh.
Black Alicante. See Alicante.
Black Bordeaux. See Early Black Bordeaux.
Black Burgundy. See Black Cluster.