Rome Beauty apple tree was discovered in 1820 as a chance seedling near Rome, Ohio. Though its parentage is unclear, Rome Beauty apples are known as the ‘baker’s buddy’ for its ability to retain its round shape and tangy flavor during cooking. Rome apples are also a favorite for cider, salads and fresh eating. Fruit medium to very large with handsomely striped to almost solid red, thick skin. As mentioned a favorite baking and drying apple, a good keeper on and off the tree.