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Empire (apple)

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Origin  Geneva, New York, 1945
Higher classification  Apple
Scientific name  Malus domestica 'Empire'
Rank  Cultivar
Empire (apple) Apple Varieties of New York State Empire NY Apple Association
Hybrid parentage  'McIntosh' × 'Red Delicious'
Similar  Apple, McIntosh, Mutsu, Braeburn, Sugar

Empire is the name of a clonally-propagated cultivar of apple derived from a seed grown in 1945 by Lester C. Anderson, a Cornell University fruit nutritionist who conducted open pollination research on his various orchards. In 1945, under the direction of A. J. Heinicke, scientists from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station of Cornell University in Geneva, New York, harvested the Empire seed, together with thousands of its siblings. The Geneva teams grew and tested ever dwindling sub-populations of the sibling group until 1966, when the final selection, the Empire, was released to the public at the New York Fruit Testing Association meetings in Geneva. According to the US Apple Association website it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States.


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Empire apples are red, juicy, firm, crunchy and sweet. They ripen during September and October, and will keep until January.

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The original seed was a cross between the varieties McIntosh and Red Delicious. Empire apples are excellent for eating and salads, and good for sauce, baking, pies and freezing. It is an ideal lunch-box apple, not least because it does not bruise easily.

Sports patented in the US

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By the year 2001, three mutant cultivars (sports) of Empire had received US plant patents. None of them were mutants of mutants:

Disease susceptibility

  • Scab: high
  • Powdery mildew: high
  • Cedar apple rust: low
  • Fire blight: medium

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