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, above medium size , round and flattened. Skin, smooth, green, becoming yellow at maturity, reddish brown next the sun, and strewed with small dots and markings of russet. Eye, small, set in a wide and shallow basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, set in a small cavity. Flesh, crisp and juicy.
Fruit, medium sized, three inches long, and two and a half wide; oval, somewhat bossed in its outline. Skin, with greenish yellow ground, very much covered with patches and veins of dark and pale brown russet, particularly on the side next the sun, where it is completely covered and assumes a reddish brown tinge; in some parts the russet is quite smooth and in others rough. Eye, open, with erect segments, set level with the surface. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, woody, inserted between two lips. Flesh, yellowish, not quite melting but tender, with an agreeable acidulous flavour which predominates over both sweetness and aroma.
An excellent pear; ripe in December. The tree is a vigorous grower on the pear and makes fine standards and pyramids, but it is a weak grower on the quince.
Fruit, above medium size; pyramidal or pyriform. Skin, yellow, very much covered with dots and patches of russet. Eye, small, half open, and set in a slight depression. Stalk, short, thick, and fleshy, inserted without depression. Flesh, buttery and melting, very juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.
An excellent pear; ripe in November.
Fruit, medium size, two inches and three-quarters long, and two inches and a half wide; oval, narrowing with an abrupt concave curve towards the eye, so as to form a sort of snout of the apex. Skin, pea-green or greenish yellow when ripe, thickly dotted all over with large dots, which are sometimes grey and sometimes green, not unlike the colouring of Easter Beurré. Eye, small and open, with short ovate segments, which are incurved and set in a narrow depression. Stalk, very short and generally stout, inserted in a small round cavity. Flesh, yellowish, tender, buttery, and melting, slightly gritty at the core, but sweet, rich, and highly flavoured.
A very excellent late pear; in use from December till February, and even to March. The tree is a vigorous grower, forms handsome pyramids, and is an abundant bearer.
This has been considered synonymous with Easter Beurré, from which it is perfectly distinct. It certainly somewhat resembles it in appearance, but the flavour is quite distinct, and it is a much superior fruit. The young shoots of Doyenne d'Alençon have the buds plump, oval, and spreading, while in Easter Beurré they are more slender, conical, and adpressed to the shoot. Mr. Blackmore says it differs much from Easter Beurré, is smaller, less rich, and more sprightly.