Variety Spotlight: Empire

The fall season is all about apples in New York state! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels of the earth than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them this season. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the latest in our series of “Apple Spotlights!

Apple Variety: Empire

Background: With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire was destined to be a hit when it was developed at Cornell University in the ‘40s. It’s a sweet-tart combination that’s very versatile.

Characteristics: Wonderful blend of sweet and tart; juicy; very crisp, creamy white flesh

Best Uses: Excellent for eating and salads; good for sauces, baking, pies and freezing

Recipe Ideas: Apple Biscuits, Apple Onion Saute, Roasted New York Apple & Squash Soup

Availability: September through August

U-Pick Locations: Head up to Ithaca / Thompkins County to pick Empire apples at Little Tree Orchards.

Check out the orchard locator and find the nearest farm to fulfill all your fall fall harvest and apple picking needs! You can also head over to the EscapeMaker’s guide to apple picking in New York State for some of our favorite farms and orchards.

For more apple varieties and details, visit the New York Apple Association varieties page

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