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What do you get when you cross a Red Delicious with a McIntosh? An Empire, an apple variety whose flavor is sweeter than a Mac and more tart than a Delicious, and it has juicy, firm white flesh that does not easily bruise. It is a high-quality dessert apple and good for all culinary uses. It has a striking, deep red skin brushed with gold and green. Look for Empires in late September.
Discovered: 1945 Geneva, New York
Parentage: McIntosh x Red Delicious
Harvest: MidseasonLearn more and find orchards
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2020 CALENDARS ARE IN!
THE 2020 NEW ENGLAND APPLES wall calendar is now available.
Each month features a photograph of a New England orchard by Bar Lois Weeks and Russell Steven Powell, a photo and description of a New England apple, and a health tip about eating apples.
The back page has a list of New England orchards with web addresses and contact information.
To order your calendar, send $10 to New England Apple Association, PO Box 41, Hatfield, MA 01038. Price includes shipping.