Lady Sudeley apple

/LAY-dee SOOD-lee/

A variety of eating apple with firm yellow flesh and yellow skin streaked with red. It was raised by at Sharsted Farm at Chatham in Kent by Mr Jacobs around 1849. He became a taxidermist and sheep vet (let's hope the two were not connected) and took the apple to Petworth in Sussex. It was first named Jacob's Strawberry and subsequently introduced commercially by Mr George Bunyard in Kent as Lady Sudeley. It received the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit in 1884. This early-season apple is harvested from early in September in South-East England and has poor storage properties.