The story of how seeds travel is sometimes amazing. One of our most popular green beefsteak tomatoes has just such a story and without all those involved we wouldn’t be able to bring it to you today.
The story of this tomato starts somewhere in Germany. Where and how we don’t know for sure, but reportedly the seed was handed down to Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, TN from German Immigrant grandfather. It was just another one of those heirloom seeds that was kept alive through a family line. Ruby passed away in 1997, but before she did, Bill Minkey received some seed from Ruby’s niece and introduced it to the Seed Savers Exchange in 1993. If any of these people had not been seed savers this tomato would have gone extinct.
Aunt Ruby’s German Green easily weigh over a pound and has a sweet, juicy, spicy sometimes fruity flavour. As with many green tomatoes you pick based on feel and not color.