The Rome apple, occasionally called Law Rome and Rome Beauty, also goes by the moniker “baker’s buddy.” Of course, that’s because this variety has a high level of solids that hold up well in cooking and baking.
Famed for its storage qualities – and its dependable production – the Rome apple is the classic storybook apple. Large, round and fully red at harvest, Romes have a solid following.
Rome is considered a good apple for fresh snacking and salads, but it really shines as a salad component, for baking and applesauce.
Funny story: It’s not really from Europe. Romes originated in Rome Township, Ohio, in the early 1800s when a farmer reportedly found a tree in a shipment that did not match the others. He gave it to his son saying, “Here’s a Democrat. You may have this one.” His son nurtured the tree along on the banks of the Ohio River, where it produced beautiful red apples – and the rest is history.
Today, Proctorville, Ohio, considers itself the “Home of the Rome Beauty Apple.”