Tawny Seedless is a seedless red grape with naturally large, round berries. The skin colour varies between dark red and crimson. The skin is usually easy to penetrate, but can be tough, though does not affect the eating quality and dissolves with the flesh giving a pleasant light, mildly crunchy texture. The berries have a neutral flavour with good sweetness, a mild tanginess and good juice levels.
Tawny is an early-mid season variety. Growers are attracted to Tawny because of its productivity, low labour requirement, resistance to rain, no micro-cracking and good storage life.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Tawny is a good red seedless grape without being of exceptional eating quality.
Names: Tawny Seedless; US Plant Patent 2015 0271971 P1
Origin: Tawny is a product of the breeding programme at Lombardi Genetics, Mokopane, South Africa that commenced in 2002. The breeder was Andre Benjamin Lombard and the cross was of Red Globe x Flame Seedless. The final stable propagation of the variety was proven by 2013. The US plant Patent was granted in September 2015.
Grown in: Namibia, South Africa
Harvest & Availability: In South Africa, Tawny is harvested between end December and end January, depending on area.
- January: Namibia, South Africa
- February: South Africa
- March: South Africa
Tawny Seedless – Fruitnet.com article 2019
US PP 2015/0271971 – US plant patent