A medium-sized, aromatic, mostly red apple, Empress is especially good for fresh eating. Ready in August, like many early season apples, it does not store well. For best flavor, Empress should be eaten within a few weeks of harvest.
Discovered: 1966, New York
Parentage: Jonamac x Vista Bella
Harvest: Early Season
Empress is a cross between Jonamac and Vista Bella, released in 1966 by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.