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.
Fruit, very large, four inches long, and three inches wide; oblong-obovate, or pyriform. Skin, of greenish yellow colour, entirely covered with spots of grey russet. Eye, large and open, set in a deep uneven basin. Stalk, an inch long, stout, obliquely inserted, with a fleshy base on the extremity of the fruit, Flesh, white, tinged with green under the skin, very melting, juicy, and vinous.
An excellent pear; ripe in October. Mr. R. D. Blackmore says it is one of the few new pears worth growing.
Raised by M. André Leroy, of Angers, in 1862, and named in compliment to Madame Leroy.
Fruit, large, nearly two inches and a half in diameter, and three and a quarter long; oblong-obovate, sometimes roundish obovate; uneven in its outline, tapering into the stalk. Skin, very rough to the touch, being covered with thick coarse scaly brown russet over its whole surface. Eye, open, with short erect segments quite level with the surface. Stalk, long and slender, placed on the apex of the fruit without depression, and sometimes with fleshy folds at its base. Flesh, white, very melting, buttery, and juicy, sweet and briskly flavoured, with a fine aroma.
A very excellent pear, of a fine, rich, brisk, and refreshing flavour; ripe in October. The tree is a good bearer, succeeds well on the pear or quince stock, and makes handsome pyramids.
This was raised by M. Andre Leroy, of Angers, in 1861, and was dedicated to his elder daughter, wife of M. Eugene Appert, a celebrated painter.
Fruit, large, three inches wide, and the same high; turbinate, uneven in its outline. Skin, yellow, covered with russety dots and patches. Eye, small and open, set in a pretty deep basin. Stalk, stout, inserted in a round cavity by the side of a fleshy lip. Flesh, melting, very juicy, with a rich, brisk, vinous flavour.
An excellent dessert pear; ripe in October. The tree is small, growing with slender shoots, an immense bearer, and of a healthy constitution. It succeeds better on the pear than on the quince, and makes neat little pyramids.
It was raised by M. André Leroy, of Angers, and named as a compliment to the wife of M. Baptiste Desportes, who has for so many years acted as the manager of M. Leroy's extensive nurseries.
Fruit, medium sized; Bergamot-shaped. Skin, greenish yellow, mottled with large patches of russet, particularly about the stalk, and dotted and streaked with the same. Eye, closed, slightly depressed. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long. Flesh, white, melting, buttery, juicy, and with a Bergamot flavour.
Ripe in the end of October and beginning of November.
Fruit, large; tall and oblong, even in its outline. Skin, greenish yellow, covered with patches of thin cinnamon-coloured russet. Eye, rather large and open, with long leafy segments, set in a slight depression. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted at a right angle to the fruit. Flesh, yellowish, with a salmon tint in the centre like Josephine de Malines, tender, melting, and juicy, sweet, but not particularly rich.
A second-rate pear; ripe in the end of November and through December.
This is a seedling of Van Mons, and was named after Madame Eliza Berckmans, wife of the pomologist of that name.
Madame de France. See Windsor.