Empire apples were developed at Cornell University in New York, USA in the 1940s, the offspring of classic old North American varieties Delicious and McIntosh (both of which we also have in stock), both shiny red apples. It is an ideal lunch-box apple, especially because of its hard exterior skin that can take a good amount of bumps. These apples are red, juicy, firm, crunchy and sweet; their time to ripen is during the Fall (September-October) and will keep until January.
How to Store
– Store immediately in the coldest part of the walk-in cooler (lower shelf and farthest away from the entry door).
– This fruit is very susceptible to damage from the heat of the kitchen. Warm temperatures will cause the texture of the flesh to be mealy and soft.
– Store exposed product away from drafts from the cooler fan. Always keep in the original cartons or the original bags. Exposed fruits will shrivel and rapidly dehydrate.
– Do not stack product on top of the cases or cause the apples to be crushed.
– Remove any fruits with decay, damage or those that begin to mold immediately.
– Follow good rotation practices, first shipments received should be used first.
– Fresh apples have an expected shelf life of 6-7 days. Plan to rotate frequently to maintain maximum quality.
– Prepare as needed. Try not to use the product from the previous day.
– Avoid placing apples on non-sanitized kitchen counter tops to help prevent the potential for cross contamination.
– Always limit the time the product is out of refrigeration.
– Give apples a quick cold water rinse in a sanitary colander and drain well immediately prior to usage.