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, flattened at the apex, and marked with a suture, which extends the whole length of one side. Skin, deep purple, mottled with darker colour, and covered with thin blue bloom. Stalk, slender, about half an inch long, inserted in a rather deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish green, tender, of a rather flat flavour, and separating freely from the stone.
Fruit, medium sized, roundish oval. Skin, deep purple, covered with thin bloom. Stalk, half an inch long, inserted in a small cavity. Flesh, yellowish, juicy, sweet, with a pleasant brisk acidity, separating from the stone.
The original tree throws up suckers, which, when removed and planted out, do not bloom for several years; but scions taken from the original tree and grafted, bloom the second year. A curious fact is that the grafted trees fruit abundantly, and the branches are so brittle they break off; in those raised from suckers the branches never break. The grafted trees in spring are full of bloom, sparing of shoots, and very few leaves; the suckers are more vigorous in growth, have no bloom, but an abundance of foliage, even when six years old.
It was raised by Mr. Thomas Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, from Précoce de Tours, about the year 1834, and with his permission I adopted the nomenclature by which I hope this variety will henceforth be known.
Early Russian. See Quetsche.
Early Transparent Gage. See Rivers's Early Apricot.
Early Yellow. See White Primordian.
Fruit, very small and obovate, being narrow towards the stalk. Skin, a clear golden yellow. Flesh, very tender, sweet, and very richly flavoured, separating freely from the stone.
A very early plum; ripe in the last week of July. Shoots, downy.
Egg Plum. See White Magnum Bonum.
Fruit, medium sized; oval, marked with a deep suture, which is higher on one side than the other. Skin, pale yellowish green. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a very shallow cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, juicy, sweet, and of good flavour, separating from the stone.
Ripe in the end of August and beginning of September. Shoots, smooth.
Empress. See Blue Impératrice.
Fruit, small and obovate, like a Prune Damson, both in size and shape. Skin, dark purple, covered with a very dense bloom. Flesh, yellow, with red veins pervading it, juicy and sweet, with the austerity of the Damson, subdued by luscious sweetness, and separating from the stone.
It ripens in the end of August, when it shrivels and becomes quite a sweetmeat. Shoots, smooth.