The Empire is a beautiful, dark red apple with a creamy, juicy flesh that is reminiscent of the McIntosh. The Empire is a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh and the fruit exhibits qualities of both. The shape, durability and coloring stem from the Delicious and the crispy, tart flavor comes from the McIntosh side of the family. This apple is good for eating fresh, but also very good in sauce and cider. Mix Empire and McIntosh for an excellent apple pie.