Empire is a cross between a McIntosh and a Red Delicious. Empire was created in Geneva, New York in 1966.
The apples are dark red, juicy, firm, crisp and sweet. The flavor of McIntosh with the sweetness of Delicious. Empire apples are excellent for eating and salads, and good for sauce, baking, pies and freezing. It is an ideal lunch-box apple because it does not bruise easily.
They ripen during September and October, and will keep until January.
Resistant to mildew and fire blight.