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.
Broad-leaved Dutch. See Dutch.
This is by far the largest and most generally grown of the cultivated medlars. The fruit is frequently two inches and a half in diameter, and very much flattened. The eye is very open, wide, and unequally rent, extending in some instances even to the margin of the outline of the fruit. It is of good flavour, but, in that respect, inferior to the Nottingham. The young shoots are smooth.
Gros Fruit. See Dutch. Gros Fruit Monstrueux. See Dutch. Large Dutch. See Dutch. Narrow-leaved Dutch. See Nottingham.
This is by far the best medlar in cultivation. It is considerably smaller than the Dutch, rarely exceeding an inch and a half in diameter; but it is much more highly flavoured. The young shoots are downy.
Sans Noyau. See Stoneless. Sans Pepins. See Stoneless. Small Fruited. See Nottingham.
In shape this resembles the Nottingham, but it rarely exceeds three-quarters of an inch in diameter. The eye is smaller and less rent than in the other varieties. It is quite destitute of seeds and woody core; but the flavour, though good, is inferior to that of the others, being less brisk.