We’ve got a little bit of theme with the apples this share, so if you haven’t thought about the Roman Empire recently, you’re welcome.
Empire Apples are named so because they developed at Cornell University. A cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious. Aromatic with nice sweet/tart balance, Empires are great snacking apples.
Rome Apples are an old variety, originating in Rome, Ohio in 1816. These apples are top-shelf baking apples. With a thicker skin, they hold their shape very well cooked, and get sweeter (their flavor is a little flat fresh).