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.
Empire shipments are available September 25th through December 31st. Lyman Orchards reserves the right to substitute a similar or better apple. To ensure optimum quality, all perishable gifts are shipped from our orchards on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please note the following rules regulating fruit shipments to the following states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Washington, and Oregon. These states require us to hold apples for 40 days in a specified environment prior to shipping. Enclosed in each shipment is a certificate issued by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, affirming that these regulations have been met. Crispin apple shipments to these states begin on November 4, 2018.
We ship only the finest apples, picked in our orchards during the peak of the harvest season. Timing of harvest seasons vary due to unpredictable weather which may delay or hasten fruit ripening. Please note that the dates of apple variety availability listed on this site are approximate.
To ensure optimum quality, all perishable gifts are shipped from our orchards on Mondays and Tuesdays.