Available in the fall and early winter months; Empire apples are a member of the rose family (Rosaceae) along with pears and quince. A successful cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh, the Empire contains flavor characteristics of both its parent apples. Empire apples were bred to resist pre-harvest fruit drop and have a low likelihood of developing fireblight, a disease common in the Rosaceae family.
What’s It Like?
- Crisp creamy flesh