Aunt Lou's Underground Railroad

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Aunt Lou's Underground Railroad
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape round
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type historic, heirloom, open-pollinated
Country USA


Indet., regular leaf plants produce medium round pink fruits. 3-6 oz.

Seed source:

Blue Ribbon Tomatoes 11 / Gary Millwood, Louisville, Kentucky (germination failure)

Year grown: 2014 (crop failure)

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • A historical heirloom carried through the Underground Railroad to Ripley, Ohio, from Kentucky.
  • Tomato seeds of this variety, which later came to be called Aunt Lou’s Underground Railroad, were carried by a black man as he traveled on the Underground Railroad from Kentucky. The black man - unfortunately we don’t know his name - came from Kentucky and arrived in Ripley, Ohio, where many slaves crossed the river to freedom. Ripley is home to Rankin House, a well-known stop on the Underground Railroad and now a museum. He grew these tomatoes there, and later shared seeds with a woman named Lou, who later shared seeds with her great nephew Francis Parker. Sixty years later Francis, who lives in Sardinia, Ohio, shared seeds with Wilfred Ellis, owner of Ellis’ Feed Mill. Francis died in 2010 but approved the addition of Underground Railroad to the name. Wilfred shared them with Susan Barber and Gary Millwood.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 2010 Yearbook by Maria Stenger, Kentucky (KY ST M), who received seeds from Gary Millwood, Kentucky.

Seed Availability

Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
2018 . .
2017 . .
2016 . .
2015 . .
2014 Blue Ribbon Tomatoes
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
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2013 Blue Ribbon Tomatoes
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
2 .
2012 3 0
2011 2 0
2010 1 .
2009 0 .
2008 0 .
2007 0 .

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