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, medium sized; round, and flattened at both ends. Skin, smooth, punctured like an orange, yellowish green, with a tinge of dark red, changing to fine lemon as it ripens, with lively red next the sun, and dotted all over with small yellowish grey dots, and sometimes a little pale brown russet. Eye, small and open, set in a slight depression. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a small cavity, with a fleshy boss on one side of it. Flesh, white, crisp, and very juicy, with a sweet musky flavour.
Fruit, medium sized; roundish ovate. Skin, rather rough, yellowish green, changing to greenish yellow on the shaded side, and entirely covered on the side next the sun with bright red, on which are stripes of deeper red, which extend towards the stalk and the shaded side, the whole strewed with dots, which are greenish in the shade and grey next the sun. Eye, small and open, set in a shallow depression. Stalk, an inch long, fleshy, obliquely inserted by the side of a fleshy prominence. Flesh, whitish, crisp, and very juicy, with a fine sugary and musky flavour.
A dessert pear; ripe in the middle of September. The tree is vigorous, and an excellent bearer; succeeds well as a standard, either on the pear or quince.
Fruit, medium sized; pyriform, and sometimes pyramidal, with an uneven, undulating outline. Skin, covered with a coat of rough, dark cinnamon-coloured russet, which is strewed with grey dots, but on the shaded side the lemon-coloured ground appears through. Eye, very small and open, with short, erect, dry segments, set in a shallow basin. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long, obliquely inserted without depression. Flesh, fine-grained, buttery and melting, rich, sugary, and with a fine sprightly vinous flavour and a fine aroma.
A remarkably fine pear; ripe in September and October.
M. Andre Leroy makes this synonymous with Beurré Bosc, but it is quite a different fruit.
Parkinson's Warden. See Black Worcester.
Fruit, medium sized; oblate. Skin, lively green, changing to pale yellow as it ripens; red next the sun, changing as it ripens to lively red. Eye, open, with short, dry, erect segments, and set in a shallow depression. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a small round cavity. Flesh, white, crisp, juicy, with a fine sugary and perfumed flavour.
An excellent early dessert pear; ripe in the end of August and beginning of September. The tree is a great bearer, healthy and vigorous, and succeeds well as a standard.