Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato Seeds - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)

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Seed Count:
Approx 25 seeds per pack
Days to Maturity:
80-95 days
Slow Food:
Ark of Taste
Days to Germination:
5-7 days @ 75-95F
Light Preference:
Full sun
Plant Spacing:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
  • Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Sliced Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Aunt Ruby's German Green Heirloom Tomato Seeds - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
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Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato - Perfect for Fried Green Tomatoes

Good yields of colossal juicy beefsteak 12 - 16 oz light green tomatoes when ripe with a tint of yellow and pick blush underneath, with a sweet complex lingering taste. The most popular "green" tomato because of its complex flavors. Flavors have been described as "sweet, intricate, fruity and lime" with a refreshing spicy aftertaste. 


It has been grown in northern Tennessee since the early 1900s when it was brought with Ruby Arnold’s grandparents as they immigrated from Germany. 

This heirloom tomato was first introduced by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin. Bill Minkey received the seed from Nita Hofstrom of Clinton, Wisconsin, whose aunt, Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, TN, grew it for years. The seed originally came from Ruby Arnold's German immigrant grandfather, and Ruby simply called it 'German Green' tomato. Bill Minkey asked Ruby for permission to rename this variety and he called it 'Aunt Ruby's German Green' after Ruby Arnold.


Do you like fried green tomatoes - I’m talking about the dish, not the movie?

Typically made from unripe green tomatoes that are breaded and fried, they are considered a staple of Southern cooking, but we might have been eating them the wrong way all along! The movie - Fried Green Tomatoes - made the dish an instant classic, reviving it from a slow slide into obscurity.

When rolled in seasoned batter and fried, it becomes extraordinary - the combination of firm-fleshed tomato with a crunchy cornmeal coating, the slight sweet-tart notes of the fruit balancing the seasonings will simply make you fall in love. 

Growing Tip

The fruit ripens to a light green with a yellow tint and a pink blush at the blossom end - looking just like the earliest stages of a ripening tomato. It is one of the best tasting green tomatoes with a slightly sweet, intricate, fruity, savory flavor. How to tell if the tomatoes are ripe? By feel, and if they look like they are just starting to ripen.

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This unique variety is on Slow Food USA Ark of Taste. The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand—key to agricultural conservation—only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.


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1 Review

  • 5
    The big hit this year!

    Posted by Jeff Lauffer, AZ on Jul 17th 2017

    This was the big hit this year in my garden. Loved by all who tasted it. It was the first to produce of my 4 tomato varieties and produce it did. It produced a lot all at once and then dwindled off as the heat kicked in. The flavor is what I look for: sweet tomato and acidic. No need for salt, just cut and eat, it's perfect as is. The color really throws people for a loop too. Especially when they taste it.

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