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, rather large, three inches and a quarter long, and two inches and a half wide; pyriform in shape, rounded towards the apex, and tapering gradually to the stalk. Skin, smooth, of a beautiful bright green at first, but changing to lemon-yellow, and without any trace of red on its surface; covered with bold russet dots, particularly on the side exposed to the sun. Eye, open, with erect, stiff, stout segments, and set in a pretty wide and deep basin. Stalk, stout and fleshy, half an inch to three-quarters long, inserted in a sort of fleshy ring on the apex of the fruit. Flesh, white, fine-grained, juicy, buttery, and melting, with a sweet and pleasant aromatic flavour.
A very showy autumn pear; ripe in the end of October, and continuing till about the middle of November. Though a very good pear, it is not equal to many of our first-rate pears already in cultivation.
Amande. See Angleterre.
Fruit, large, three inches and three-quarters long, and two inches and three-quarters wide; pyriform. Skin, bright rich yellow with a crimson cheek near the sun, and dotted all over with cinnamon-coloured dots. Eye, small, open, set in a shallow undulating cavity. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender. Flesh, white, melting, somewhat gritty at the core, juicy, sweet, sprightly, and with an almond flavour.
A pear of the first quality; ripe during October and November. A seedling of Van Mons, which he sent in 1834-35 to Mr. Robert Manning, of Salem, Mass., U.S.A., under number 135. How it acquired the name of Walker I do not know.
Fruit, somewhat about medium sized, two inches and three-quarters long, and two inches and a half wide. It is of an obtuse pyriform shape, rounded at the apex, and tapering gradually to the stalk, even and regular in its outline. Skin, smooth, pale green at first, but changing as it ripens to a pale lemon yellow, without any colour next the sun, and marked with a few traces of thin pale russet. Eye, quite open, with short segments, and placed in a very flat and shallow depression. Stalk, an inch and three-quarters long, slender and woody, inserted in a small round and narrow cavity. Flesh, white, rather firm, not buttery, nor very juicy, sweet, and with a distinct almond flavour and perfume, but with no character in it to merit notice.
Fruit, medium sized, three inches and a half long, and two inches and a half wide; pyriform, rounded towards the eye and tapering towards the stalk. Skin, at first of a bright green dotted with grey, but changing to lemon yellow as it ripens. Eye, half open, with blunt, stout, often stunted segments, and placed on a level with the surface of the fruit. Stalk, about an inch long, slender, woody, and firm, obliquely inserted on the apex of the fruit. Flesh, fine-grained, very juicy and melting, with a rich sugary flavour.
An excellent and rather richly flavoured pear; ripe in the end of September and beginning of October, but not superior to many in season at the same period.
It was raised by M. Boisbunel, a nurseryman at Rouen,from seed sown in 1846, and the tree first fruited in 1857.