Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato
Family heirloom from Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, TenneSeed Savers Exchangee. Introduced to Seed Savers Exchange in 1993 by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin. Large beefsteak fruits weigh one pound or more. Sweet juicy flesh with a hint of spiciness. Ready to harvest when soft to the touch and yellow-green in color.
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
A good late-producing tomato for cool coastal summers
Good producing tomato, large fruit throughout summer in cool coastal central California. Good slicing fruit, used it mainly for pickling because it is difficult to get over eating a green tomato! Didn't notice any disease problems until very late in the season when it became cooler and moister overnight.
Never harvested even one tomato out of three seasons attempted
I live at 4700 feet in Northern Utah. I've tried growing this tomato and have never harvested even one tomato out of three seasons attempted. Started from seed indoors in early March each year I tried it.
Another Utah Grower
I'm writing because I saw Elizabeth's comment. I also grew this at around 4700 feet in Utah (Utah County). I started my tomato and pepper seeds the first week of February (yeah, I'm a little obsessed) and grew in planters until I could get them in the ground in late April/early May. I had my first ripe tomatoes on cherry tomato type plants by June 1 and had tomatoes from 11 other varieties all summer. However, I didn't get any tomatoes on this plant until mid August and nothing ripe until mid to end of September (which is often the end of the growing season here). I only got a few tomatoes total. The plant looked great but didn't produce much. My garden space is challenging (limited sunlight, minimal space) so I wondered if that was the reason. Interesting to see a comment from another grower nearby with a similar experience. Maybe this isn't the place for this tomato.
One of My All-Time Favorites!
One of the best-tasting tomatoes I've ever had. Consistently delicious throughout its season, good producer, stores fairly well. My favorite for tomato sandwiches. (Considering some of the other reviews here, perhaps this tomato's viability is largely determined by growing conditions inherent to region. In any case, here in the mid-Atlantic U.S., it seems to do great and taste great, and I look forward to enjoying it every year, beginning in late July or August.)
Unique and Delicious!
I love this tomato! They are big slicers with a great taste and texture, perfect for fresh eating. Since they are green when ripe, they are also unique so sharing them with friends is fun. A must grow if your goals are a basket full of rainbow colored tomatoes! I will always grow a couple plants of these.
Most delicious tomato!
My husband the tomato lover said these were his favorite of all! Make sure you mark them somehow as they will rot while you are waiting for them to turn red lol. It did take a little practice to figure out when they are ripe. Bring them inside to finish ripening when they become slightly soft and yellow.
Aunt ruby’s German green tomatoes
I grew 4 -5 plants, 4 did great but the 5th not do well. Each plant gave me 2-3 tomatoes. I used them for fried green tomatoes. My girls love fried green tomatoes.