We keep getting requests for this local favourite, so here it is.
Introduced in 1966, this multi-purposed variety from Geneva, NY is a dependable choice for the home orchard. The flashy, fire engine sheen of Empire's waxy, ruby red skin is just like it's Red Delicious, but the flavour is it's own. Creamy white flesh boasts a satisfying crunch and a distinctive, zippy taste which has been described as 'rosehip tea with honey'. Other attributes include remarkable bruise resistance and respectable storage life. Empire is quite resistant to fire blight and powdery mildew, but not to scab.
SEMI-FERTILE * | ZONE 4 | HARVEST : LATE SEPT