Empress is the earliest variety of cherry to flower and ripen at Seville Farm. This variety was developed by DR and PP Simpson in New South Wales in the 1990's. The fruit's skin is dark red to mahogany with a soft juicy flesh of red to dark red. This was a very popular supermarket variety when it was first developed but is now rarely seen in shops due to a short shelf life due to the high juice content. It is a very popular juicy cherry to eat straight off the tree. Flavour is maximised when the skin is at its darkest. Empress requires cross pollination with either Supreme, Ron's seedling, Samba, Simone or Lapins. Seville Farm uses Simone and Lapins to cross pollinate. Cropping is said in the cherry growing industry to be erratic but at Seville Farm we find Empress to always have a heavy reliable crop of fruit.