Our Apple for March: Lord Suffield
Usually Waterfurlong's first apple of the year to blossom, Lord Suffield was rated a superb early cooker by Victorian gardeners, receiving more votes than any other at the 1883 RHS congress.
It was raised by Mancunian hand-loom weaver Thomas Thorpe at Boardman Lane, Middleton, where Edward Harbord, Lord Suffield had an estate, and was first exhibited in 1836 or 1837.
Lord Suffield used to be widely grown in kitchen gardens and for market and was also recommended for the shrubbery on account of its small size and attractive pink blossom.
Over the years it has been known by several different names, including Suffield, Livesley's Imperial and Lady Sutherland.
The fruit is large and of the typical long codlin shape. The skin is smooth and pale green, turning to pale yellow, sometimes with a tinge of red on the side that catches the sun. The flesh is white and firm, very juicy and ‘briskly’ flavoured. Lord Suffield cooks down quickly to a sharp, white purée and is ideal for sauces and desserts like the Victorian favourite, apple snow.
The tree is a prolific bearer, which means it tends to run out of steam and be comparatively short-lived. Its early flowering means spring frosts can be a problem. Good pollinators include Keswick Codlin and Manx Codlin.
For more information on Lord Suffield see our website.
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