These are field run, so expect some defects.
The 'Rome' is rounded, all red, and very glossy, with a thick skin and firm flesh. It is primarily used for baking, as its flavor develops when cooked, and it holds its shape well. It is commonly described as less desirable as an eating apple because of its subtle flavor that is not as sweet, or tart as some other varieties. 'Rome' apples are widely grown and available, and are a staple variety in American commerce.
Black Twig Apples are from Smith Orchards in Bridgeville, DE. Most of the apples have a very dark burgundy colored skin
An old Tennessee variety was introduced around 1830 as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole. It was said to be Andrew Jackson's favorite apple. The Black Twig is the ultimate in a tart apple; excellent for fresh eating and tannic acid which adds body to cider. Fruit is medium to large with varying color, usually green to yellow skin that is streaked and flushed red to burgundy. The yellow flesh is firm and fine grained with tannic juice that adds a kick to sweet or hard cider. Great for eating fresh or cooking, this apple is an excellent keeper and should be stored in the refrigerator for peak flavor.