Hacon's Incomparable (Downham Seedling)

Fruit, medium sized; roundish. Skin, pale yellowish green, with a mixture of brown, covered with numerous russety spots and markings of russet. Eye, small and open, with short narrow segments, set in a shallow basin. Stalk, an inch long, stout, and inserted in a wide shallow cavity. Flesh, white, buttery, and melting, with a rich, sweet, vinous, and musky flavour.

A dessert pear of excellent quality; in use from November to January. The tree is hardy, vigorous, and a good bearer, and succeeds well as a standard.

This esteemed variety is said to have been raised by Mr. J. G. Hacon, of Downham Market, Norfolk, about the year 1815, from a seed of a variety known in that county as Raynor's Norfolk Seedling. But another account states that the original tree was found in a yard behind a baker's house, and no one knew by whom it was planted.

Haghens d'Hiver. See Beurré Beauchamp.

Hampden's Bergamot (Belle d'Août; Belle et Bonne; Belle de Bruxelles; Belle sans Pépins; Beuzard; Belle de Luxembourg; Bergamotte de Bruxelles; Bergarnotte d'Eté Grosse; Bergamotte de Paysans; Ellanrioch; Fanfareau; Fingals; Gracieuse; Great Bergamot; Scotch Bergamot)

Fruit, large, three inches wide, and two and a half high; roundish, and narrowing abruptly to the stalk, even and regular in its outline. Skin, pale yellowish green, covered with numerous russety and green spots, and sometimes with a tinge of brownish red next the sun. Eye, open, set in a wide saucer-like basin. Stalk, long and slender, fleshy at the base, and inserted in a narrow cavity. Flesh, white, rather coarse-grained, buttery, sweet, and pleasantly flavoured.

A second-rate pear; ripe in September, and which soon becomes mealy. The tree is hardy, an abundant bearer, and bears well as a standard. It succeeds well on the quince stock, and if grown against a wall produces fruit of an immense size. Mr. Blackmore calls it "a handsome but poor pear; a sure bearer."

There is another variety, much smaller, which is also called Hampden's Bergamot, and this is, I think, Summer Franc Real.

Hardenpont d'Hiver. See Glou Morçeau. Hardenpont de Printemps. See Beurré Rance.

Harvest Pear. See Amiré Joannet. Hâtiveau Blanc. See Summer Franc Real. Hazel. See Hessle.


A very large, roundish pear, of a greenish yellow colour dotted with russet. Flesh, melting and vinous.

It is highly spoken of by continental pomologists, but Mr. R. D. Blackmore found it to be worthless at Teddington. It ripens in November and December.

Heere Peer. See Bergamotte d'Automne.

Heliote Dundas (Henri Nicaise; Rousselet Jamin)

Fruit, medium sized; pyriform, even and regularly formed. Skin, smooth, and somewhat shining, lemon-yellow, with a brilliant red cheek, dotted with large dark red specks. Eye, small, and deeply set. Stalk, upwards of an inch long. Flesh, white, half-buttery, and not very juicy; very sweet, brisk, and perfumed.

A very showy but very worthless pear; ripe in October, and soon rots at the core.

Henbirn. See Amiré Joannet.