Early Newington (Smith's Early Newington)

Fruit, medium sized, rather oval. Skin, of a pale straw-colour on the shaded side, and streaked with purple next the sun. Flesh, pale yellow, tinged with light red next the stone, to which it adheres; juicy and well-flavoured. Flowers, large. Leaves, without glands.

Ripe in the end of August and beginning of September.

Early Newington Freestone. See American Newington.

Early Purple (Pourprée Hâtive; Pourprée Hâtive a Grandes Fleurs)

Fruit, medium sized, roundish, depressed at the apex, divided on one side by a suture extending from the base and across the apex. Skin, covered with a thick down, pale sulphur yellow, thinly dotted with red on the shaded side, and deep purplish red next the sun. Flesh, white, separating with difficulty from the stone, red under the skin on the side which is exposed to the sun, and very deep red at the stone; of a rich vinous and sugary flavour. Flowers, large. Leaves, with kidney-shaped glands.

Ripe in the middle and end of August.

Early Purple Avant. See Grosse Mignonne.

Early Rivers

Fruit, of large size, two inches and a half wide and the same in height; roundish, marked with a distinct suture. Skin, pale lemon yellow, with the slightest blush on one side, and a few pale flesh-coloured dots on the part exposed to the sun. Flesh, pale even to the stone, and gelatinous, translucent, with white veins and mottles interspersed through it; very tender and very juicy, exceedingly rich and sugary, and with a fine brisk nectarine flavour; separating freely from the stone. Flowers, large, very spreading. Leaves, with the glands kidney-shaped.

This is the finest early peach known, and ripens about the 14th of July in an orchard-house. In size and colour it is not unlike Noblesse. In France it succeeds so well that Mr. F. Jamin says it is the finest early peach in France. Its only fault is that it splits at the stone, and the kernel is imperfect. This probably arises from imperfect fertilisation, from the pistil protruding so far beyond the stamens. It is well adapted for forcing. At Teddington Mr. R. D. Blackmore finds it "a large and good peach, but very pale, and splits even in dry seasons. On this account it is worthless here."

This peach was sent to me by Mr. Rivers on the 20th of July, 1867, when it was first produced, and I was so struck with its superiority over all other early peaches and its perfectly distinct character, that I considered it a fitting opportunity to record the name of the raiser by associating it with a fruit which cannot fail to become a universal favourite. It was raised from seed of Early Silver.

Early Savoy (Précoce de Savoie)

This is more ovate in shape than Grosse Mignonne, and paler colour on the side next the sun. Flowers, large. Leaves, without glands.

It is an excellent variety, and ripens in the end of August.

Early Silver

Fruit, very large, ovate, or roundish ovate, and sometimes terminated by a nipple at the apex. Skin, of a delicate cream-colour, with a slight blush next the sun, which renders it very beautiful. When grown against a wall in the open air, it has a dark crimson cheek. Flesh, separating from the stone, white throughout and without any stain of red next the stone, melting, and very juicy, with a flavour remarkable for its union of the briskness of the White Nectarine with the noyau of the Peach. Flowers, large. Leaves, with kidney-shaped glands.

When fully ripe this is one of the most delicious of all peaches. It ripens from the middle to the end of August, and when forced it retains its fine racy flavour better than any other kind. Mr. Blackmore says, "Apt to ripen on one side only. Good only in fine seasons."

This delicious peach was raised by Mr. Rivers, in 1857, from seed of the White Nectarine.