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This shiny red apple’s parents are the classic Red Delicious and McIntosh. It is a sweet a sweet apple with a crisp texture and bright white flesh. does not bruise easily. It is excellent for eating, salads, sauces, baking, pies and freezing. Small Empires are great for school lunches, as kids love Empire’s sweet-tart taste, super crunchy texture and they do not bruise easily.