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Old Bess

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.

Culinary Use
Salad
Flavor Profile
Sweet
Flesh Color
Pink
Fruit Color
Pink
Fruit Shape
Grape
Fruit Size
Small
Leaf Type
Regular
Maturity
Mid-season
Plant Type
Indeterminate
Variety
Heirloom / Open Pollinated

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