Rome Beauty

When in Virginia, offer customers Rome
Virginia Rome apples, an old-time favorite are now available fresh from the orchards. Their firm flesh and mildly sweet flavor make them the quintessential baking apple.

Rome apples are versatile when prepared in dishes ranging from pies and pancakes to sauces and salads. When baked, they retain their shape and texture and acquire a rich flavor.

Why customers roam for Virginia Rome apples:
Great color and shape
* Deep solid red
* Perfectly round
* Cream-colored flesh

Excellent for cooking
* Ideal for baking because of its firm texture, mildly sweet taste and tendency to hold its shape
* Makes flavorful sauces, pies, and baked apples
* Sweet-tart when first picked, but matures into a mellow flavor
* Tasty snack when eaten fresh

Virginia Rome apples
* Locally grown so your customers know they're flavorful and fresh

Rome offers a big opportunity for retailers:
Locally grown freshness
* Just picked flavor
* Next day delivery from local Virginia orchards
* Extend display life of two weeks
* Prolonged life in cold storage

Packed for your convenience
* Shipped in tray packs or bags
* Good supply available for all sizes

Ready for sales from fall to spring
* Available mid-October through April/May
* Cross sell opportunities with pie shells, spices and baking ingredients

General Characteristics

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  • Origin: United States Ohio1816
  • Ripening period: Late season
  • Cropping: 
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Triploid: Diploid
  • General disease resistance:  
General characteristics courtesy of

The following Virginia orchards grow this variety

Key Virginia Varieties


A modern sweet variety, reminiscent of Red Delicious.


One of the best McIntosh-style apples, with a good sweet vinous flavor, and easy to grow.


Developed in Japan, but an all-American cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. A very attractive modern apple, crisp, sweet-flavored, and keeps well.


One of the most widely-grown apple varieties, with a sweet pleasant flavour, and good keeping qualities.

Ginger Gold

An attractive yellow apple from Virginia

Golden Delicious

Undoubtedly one of the most important apple varieties of the 20th century, both as a commercial variety in its own right, and as breeding stock for many other varieties. Very good flavor when picked from Virginia trees.

Granny Smith

The most instantly-recognized of all apples, and perhaps Australia's most famous export.


Sometimes marketed as Honey Crisp, this is a crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA. It was developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and is one of the most cold-hardy of apple varieties.


Idared is notable for its exceptional keeping qualities. It has a pleasant mild but undistinguished apple flavor.


A very popular commercial variety, with a good flavor. Inherits many of the good qualities of its parents Jonathan and Golden Delicious.


A classic American variety, and widely regarded as one of the best flavored with a good sweet/sharp balance. A precocious and productive tree in US apple-growing regions.


Crisp, juicy yellow flesh tart apple, 3 to 3.25 inches in diameter. About 50 to 90% of the surface is covered with a dull red color. Shape is truncate to conical. Good eaten fresh but also good choice for a cooking apple as it holds its shape when cooked.

Pink Lady®

One of the best-known modern apples.

Red Delicious

One of the most famous American apple varieties, a sport of Delicious, known for its bright red color.


An old American dual-purpose apple variety, popular in Virginia. Descended from Winesap, and in most respects an even better apple.


Often known as Virginia Winesap, a tart small apple, and like many US heirloom varieties, keeps well in store.

York Imperial

Good cooking/baking apple and excellent keeper.