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.
An excellent dessert plum; ripe in the end of September.
Bradford Gage. See Green Gage.
Fruit, very large, being upwards of two inches wide and nearly two inches and a half long; roundish, marked with a distinct suture. Skin, yellowish green, covered with a fine bloom. Stalk, about half an inch long, stout, and rather deeply inserted. Flesh, rich yellow, tender, juicy, and melting, and with a very rich flavour.
This is a genuine Green Gage of large size, being over two inches in diameter. In every respect it resembles the old Green Gage, except that it is later, ripening about the end of September. Shoots, smooth. It comes into use and is in season at the same time as Reine Claude de Bavay, and is supposed to have been raised by M. Brahay Ecken-holm, at Herstal, near Liege.
Braunauer Konigs-pflaume. See Royale de Braunau.
This is exactly like the Green Gage, but very much larger, and about a fortnight later. It was raised at Bry-anston Park, near Blaudford, and is said to have been a cross between the old Green Gage and Coe's Golden Drop.
The Bullace is Brunus insititia of botanists, and is found wild in many parts of Great Britain. It and the Damson originate from the same source, and the difference between these two fruits is little more than a name; the round ones being called Bullaces and the oval ones Damsons. These last will be found described under Damson. There are several varieties of Bullace, of which the following are the best known : -
Black Bullace. - Fruit, small, round, and marked with a faint suture. Skin, quite black, covered with a thin bloom. Flesh, austere till ripened by early frosts. This is found in hedges and woods in Britain.
Essex Bullace (New Large Bullace). - Fruit, larger than the common White Bullace, being about an inch or a little more in diameter; round. Skin, green, becoming yellowish as it ripens. Flesh, juicy, and not so acid as the common Bullace.
It ripens in the end of October and beginning of November; and the tree, which forms handsome pyramids, is an enormous bearer.
Royal Bullace. - Fruit, large, about an inch and a quarter in diameter; round, marked with a faint suture. Skin, bright grass-green, mottled with red on the side next the sun, and becoming yellowish green as it ripens, with a thin grey bloom on the surface. Stalk, a quarter of an inch long, very slender, inserted in a wide and rather deep cavity. Flesh, green, separating from the stone, briskly flavoured, and with a sufficient admixture of sweetness to make it an agreeable late fruit.
It ripens in the beginning of October, and continues to hang during the month. The tree is an immense bearer; young shoots.
White Bullace (Bullace). - Fruit, small; round. Skin, pale yellowish white, mottled with red next the sun. Flesh, firm, juicy, subacid, adhering to the stone, becoming sweetish when quite ripe in the end of October and beginning of November.
The tree is an immense bearer. Young shoots, downy.
Bury Seedling. See Coe's Golden Drop.