This is the citrus section of the catalogue. I have kept the spellings and punctuation unchanged.
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CATALOGUE OF FRUITS
VARIETIES OF ORANGES RECEIVED FROM ST. MICHAEL'S, &c.
ST. MICHAEL'S. The ordinary orange of commerce, thin skinned, large and well flavoured
SUSTAIN. Also a variety, but remarkable for the delicacy and high flavour of the pulp.
SILVER or PLATA. A delicious orange. These varieties of the St. Michael's have been selected from several sorts as being the most excellent.
WHITE ORANGE. Very distinct, with striped fruits and white pulp; flavour very good.
VARIEGATED ORANGE. An ornamental sort, the leaves and fruit being variegated; the fruit is exceedingly good for the table.
CITRUS CORNICULATA, or HORNED ORANGE. A curious variety of the orange, not edible.
JAFFA. The largest orange in cultivation.
BLOOD. Pulp stained a deep crimson; fruit large; skin thin; delicious; the foliage and growth differ greatly from the St. Michael's. A story believed by credulous travellers is that the blood stain was produced by the union of the pomegranite with the orange.
OVAL. Like the preceding in form and size of fruit, but without blood stains in the pulp. Both these varieties produce flowers abundantly.
EBIGUO, or the NAVEL ORANGE. A singular variety, with a nipple-like excrescence at the apex; fruit large and good; pulp pale in colour.
TANGIERIN ORANGE. A delicious little orange. The rind parts freely from the pulp, which produces a delightful aroma.
St. MICHAEL'S TANGIERIN . The same size as the preceding; in my opinion, superior in flavour. These sorts are comparatively hardy, and may be grown to perfection in a heated orchard house.
SEVILLE. The variety used for marmalade. Produces the finest flowers freely.
LEMON, COMMON. Large fruit of excellent quality.
IMPERIAL. Fruit very large, with a fine aroma; habit of the tree, robust and vigorous.
BIJOU. Pronounced to be a lime by some authorities. Fruit small, with a delicious aroma; growth of the tree very dwarf and fruitful; this is a remarkable sort.
SWEET. A lemon without acidity.
SWEET BRAZILLIAN. Like the preceding.
WHITE. One of the largest and best.
COMMON. An abundant bearer; fruit excellent for cooling drinks.
PERSIAN. Like the preceding, but larger.
SWEET. A pleasant fruit without acidity.
BITTER. Remarkable for the great fertility and dwarf habit of the tree; resembles the Bijou lemon so closely as to be distinguished with difficulty except by the colour of its fruit.
CITRON. A very good variety.
SHADDOCK (Citrus decumana). Fruit very large.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT (Citrus paradesei). Globular, related to preceding.
GRAPE FRUIT (Citrus paradesei). Pear-shaped.
Oranges can be grown to perfection in England with a portion of the skill and care that is bestowed upon grapes. An orange house should be well ventilated, well lighted and lofty; and as no excessive heat is necessary it will form a beautiful winter promenade, the evergreen leaves and the golden fruit making a delightful contrast, very different to the dull orangeries in former days.
Varieties of the above, differing in foliage and form of fruit