An ap­ple a day

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Ever eaten a Pig’s Nose or a Sugar Bush? What about a Grand Sul­tan? Some two-thirds of Eng­land’s or­chards have been lost since the 1960s, with many ap­ple va­ri­eties be­com­ing ex­tinct. The fu­ture of some of those re­main­ing is at risk and, as such, the RHS is plant­ing a ‘mother or­chard’ of 45 lo­cal cul­ti­vars at RHS Rose­moor in Devon.

Bri­tons buy 482,000 tons of ap­ples per year, but just two va­ri­eties, Gala and Brae­burn, both na­tives of New Zealand, make up al­most half of Bri­tish sales. This is de­spite the fact that, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Fruit Col­lec­tion, you could eat a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety of Bri­tish ap­ple ev­ery day for six years and still not man­age to try them all.

Eat­ing, cook­ing and cider ap­ples will com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing trees at Rose­moor. The fruit will be used in the gar­den’s restau­rant, made into cider or juice or sold as a ‘taste of the past’.

Es­ti­mated to sell at be­tween £14 mil­lion and £18 mil­lion at Christie’s King Street, Lon­don SW1, ‘The Art of the Sur­real’ sale on Fe­bru­ary 28, La corde sen­si­ble (above, 1960) is one of the largest oils cre­ated by René Magritte. It shows an enor­mous crys­tal glass stand­ing in­con­gru­ously un­der a blue sky in a ver­dant val­ley, topped with a cloud, and ‘ex­em­pli­fies the artist’s life­long quest to re­veal and revel in the mys­tery that he per­ceived to ex­ist within the real world’

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