Flemish Beauty (Belle des Flandres; Belle des Bois; Beurré des Bois; Beurré de Bourgogne; Beurré Davy; Beurré Davis; Beurré d'Effingham; Beurré d'Elburg; Beurré Foidard; Beurré St. Amour; Beurré Spence; Bosch Peer; Mouille Bouche Nouvelle; Brilliante; Fondante des Bois; Gagnée à Heuze; Impératrice des Bois)

Fruit, large, and obovate. Skin, pale yellow, almost entirely covered with yellowish brown russet on the shaded side, and reddish brown on the side next the sun. Eye, open, set in a small shallow basin. Stalk, an inch long, inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish white, buttery and melting, rich and sugary.

A first rate pear; ripe in September.

To have this excellent pear in perfection it should be gathered before it is thoroughly ripe, otherwise it is very inferior in quality.

This was discovered by Van Mons in the village of Deftinge, in Flanders, in 1810, and he brought it into notice by distributing grafts among his friends.

Flemish Bon Chretien (Bon Chretien Nouvelle; Bon Chretien Turc; Bon Chretien de Vernois)

Fruit, medium sized, obovate. Skin, greenish at first, but changing to yellow as it attains maturity, and thickly strewed with russety dots, which are thickest on the side next the sun. Eye, open, with short segments, set in a small and shallow basin. Stalk, an inch and a half long, inserted by the side of a fleshy swelling. Flesh, yellowish white, crisp, sweet, and perfumed.

An excellent stewing pear; in use from November till March.

Fleur de Guignes. See Sans Peau. Florence d' Eté. See Summer Bon Chretien.

Fondante D'Automne (Arbre Superbe; Belle Lucrative; Ber-gamotte Fiévée; Bergamotte Lucrative; Beurré d'Albret; Beurré Lucratif; Excellentissime; Grésilière; Lucrate; Seigneur; Seigneur d'Esperen)

Fruit, large; obovate, and handsomely shaped. Skin, lemon-yellow, with tinges of green over the surface, marked with patches of yellowish brown russet. Eye, small and open, set in a shallow basin. Stalk, long, fleshy at the base, and obliquely inserted without depression. Flesh, white, very tender, fine-grained, and melting, very juicy, sugary, and aromatic.

A delicious autumn pear; ripe during September and October. On the Hastings Sand formation of the Weald of Sussex, Mr. Luckhurst says, "the fruit is large and handsome, of most delicious flavour, and is one of our best October pears."

Fondante des Bois. See Flemish Beauty.

Fondante De Brest (Inconnue Cheneau; Cassante de Brest; Beauté Hâtive)

Fruit, medium sized; pyriform. Skin, thin, smooth, and shining, bright green, changing to yellowish green as it ripens on the shaded side, and red, mottled dark blood red, next the sun, marked with grey dots. Eye, small and open, with slightly incurved segments, and set in a slight depression. Stalk, an inch and a half long, fleshy at the insertion, in a shallow depression. Flesh, white, firm, and crisp, and of a sweet, pleasant, and rose-water flavour.

A dessert pear, of no merit; ripe in September. The tree is very vigorous, and an excellent bearer; succeeds well as a standard either on the pear or quince stock, particularly the latter, as it checks to a great extent its excessive vigour.