Rome Beauty Apples
HISTORY OF THE Rome Beauty apple
The Rome Beauty apple has its origins in Ohio, near the banks of the Ohio river in Rome Township. Apparently in 1817 a shipment of apple trees had arrived from a shipment received by Joel Gillet, and one tree looked a bit different from the others in the group. He gave the tree to his son Alanson, and it is even said that upon giving it to him he said son, "Here’s a Democrat. You may have this one." Alanson took the tree and planted it near the river and it grew. After several years, red fruit began to grow, so his cousin Horatio took the cuttings and began a nursery and promoted the red apple. While it started out like many apples of the day as "Gillett's Seedling" it soon retained the name of Rome Beauty, being named after the township in which it grew. The nearby town of Proctorville, near the Ohio river where the tree has grown is today known as the "Home of the Rome Beauty Apple". Sadly the original tree lasted until the 1850s when the river bank eroded and the tree finally gave way to a watery grave.
ABOUT THE Rome Beauty APPLE
The Rome Beauty apple is solid red in color with sometimes slight green stripes, very rounded and is known as the queen of cooking apples. They bloom best in late September, just in time for the holiday season!
FLAVOR OF A Rome Beauty APPLE
Rome Beauty apples are sweet, though not as tart or flashy as other varieties.
HOW TO USE YOUR rome beauty APPLES
The Rome Beauty apple is the best Pyne Farm apple for cooking because it maintains its shape while cooking, and actually increases in flavor when cooked. Many of our faithful buyers love using these apples to bake their apple pies for the holidays. They also make a great cider!