Old Bess

From Tatiana's TOMATOBase
Jump to: navigation, search

Old Bess
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape oval
Fruit size small
Fruit type salad
Variety type heirloom, open-pollinated
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Old Bess - sliced fruit. 2014-09-14.


Indet., regilar leaf plants are extremely productive. Fruits are small, oval, pink, 1-1.5 oz. Very good sweet flavor.

Seed source:

Neil Gillard of Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada (ONT GI N) 10 / George Sims, Bonne Idee Farm, Mansfield, Missouri (MO SI G) 09

Year grown: 2014

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


75 days, indet., regular leaf, high yield of 1 oz. pink grape cherry fruit, very good flavor.

Seed source:

George Sims, Bonne Idee Farm, Mansfield, Missouri (MO SI G) 09

Year grown: 2008

Location: Oblong, Illinois


Tatiana Kouchnareva

Year: 2015

Location: Leipzig, Germany


  • 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 (MO SI G) in 2008.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 2009 Yearbook by George Sims, Bonne Idee Farm, Mansfield, Missouri (MO SI G), who received the seed from Sister Mary Hawkins of Canyon, Texas in 2008.
  • Introduced commercially by Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds in 2015.

Picture Gallery

Order seeds from Tatiana's TOMATObase Seed Shop

Seed Availability

Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
2018 . .
2017 . .
2016 . .
2015 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new . .
2014 . .
2013 0 .
2012 1 0
2011 2 0
2010 2 .
2009 1 .
2008 0 .
2007 0 .

Click here to order seeds from Tatiana's TOMATObase Seed Shop

You can buy Old Bess seeds at Tatiana's TOMATObase Seed Shop.

By buying our seeds you help us to maintain and improve Tatiana's TOMATObase website, and to preserve many endangered open-pollinated varieties.

The proceeds from seed sales and donations are our only source of funding at this time.

Thank you so much for your support!


Personal tools

Contributors, Partners, and Breeders
NEW 2018 Tatiana's Seed Catalog
Informational Database
Reports and Other Resources
User Contributions