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Old Bess

  • Variety
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Fruit Size
  • Culinary Use
  • Plant Type
  • Leaf Type
  • Flavor Profile

About Old Bess

A very old family heirloom from the Hawkins Family. In 1911, Elizabeth Browder Hawkins came with her family to the plains from Georgetown, Texas (near Austin), and brought the tomato seeds with her. Elizabeth lost her own seeds in her last move, but she got some in 1940 from neighbors in Hart, Texas who had the same variety. Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Sister Mary Hawkins, OSB, abbess of St. Benedict Monastery in Canyon, Texas shared the seed with a SSE member George Sims, Bonne Idee Farm, Mansfield, Missouri in 2008. Introduced commercially by Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seeds in 2015. Indeterminate, regular leaf plants produce high yields of 1-1.5 oz., small, oval, pink fruits. Very good sweet flavor.

Varieties
Heirloom / Open Pollinated
Fruit Colors
Pink
Flesh Colors
Pink
Fruit Shapes
Grape
Fruit Sizes
Small
Fruit Weights
1-1.5 oz
Culinary Uses
Salad
Maturities
Mid-season
Plant Types
Indeterminate
Origins
Texas
Leaves
Regular
Flavors
Sweet

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