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Empire apples are bright red with faint white striations; its top is capped with a light green blush. It is a medium sized apple and round with a creamy white interior. Its crisp and juicy flesh has a flavor that is sweet like a Red Delicious and tart like a McIntosh.
Empire apples are 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.
Empire apples are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been proven to lower cholesterol and aid in digestion. They are low in calories with only 70-80 calories per apple depending on size. Empire apples also contain vitamins A and C, most of which is located in the skin.
Empire apples can be roasted, baked or sautéed. Their crisp flesh and sweet tart flavor make them perfect for fresh preparations such as chicken salad and coleslaw. They pair well with pumpkin, pear, sharp cheeses and warm spices such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sliced or cut apples stay white longer if put in a bowl of water containing two tablespoons of lemon juice. Their size and low susceptibility to bruising make them an excellent snacking apple.
Empire apples were first developed in the 1940’s at the Agricultural Experiment Station by Cornell University’s Geneva breeding program. In 1966 they were introduced to the market place and given their name as homage to the Empire State they were created in, New York. Empire apples are harvested in apple growing regions around the United States and Canada.
Recipes that include Empire Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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