When you’re on the hunt for a red, crunchy apple, your taste buds are calling for an Empire. Empire apples are a cross between the McIntosh and Red Delicious varieties but perfecting this type of apple took decades. Its sweet flavor makes it a delicious choice for everything from pies and sauce to breads. Try one fresh from the tree while you’re at it.

One or two similar varieties: If you like Empire, try McIntosh, Red Delicious or Cortland.