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An attractive, crisp, dark red dessert apple with a sweet but tangy summer fruit flavour.
Origin: USA, 1945
Pollination: Empire is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.
History and description of Empire
Raised from a McIntosh X Delicious in USA by R D Way at New York
State Agricultural Experimental Station, Geneva, USA in 1945.
Introduced in 1966. Grown widely in USA and Canada and imported into
the UK. A medium sized round fruit. Smooth-skinned, attractive dark red
flush and waxy bloom. Tough skin. Crisp, clean taste, sweet and quite
scented. Keeps well and resists bruising. Heavy cropper.