Timpson is a seedless green grape with round to elongate berries of medium size. The skin colour is pale green to straw-yellow depending on maturity and offers slight resistance, crunch and chewiness on eating, though without bitterness. The flesh is translucent and quite soft with good levels of sweetness (typically 19Brix), though mild in flavour.
Timpson is a mid-season variety, harvested 1 to 2 weeks before Thompson Seedless and has a very good storage potential of 6 weeks or more.
For consumers, Timpson is a good green seedless grape with soft to slightly firm flesh and high levels of sweetness.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Names: Sheegene 2; Timpson®; US PatentUSPP19912P2
Origin: Sheegene 2 was produced by hybridization of Princess and Red Globe by Timothy P. Sheehan of Porterville, Calif. in 2000. The new variety was first propagated asexually in 2003. It is part of the SNFL breeding programme of Sheehan Genetics LLC. US Patent was granted on 14th April, 2009. Timpson® is the registered name owned by SNFL.
Grown in: South Africa, Namibia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Egypt, California
Harvest & Availability: Harvest in: South Africa is early January; San Jaoquin, California is late-July. Supplies to the UK are generally as follows:
- January: South Africa, Peru
- February: Chile
- August: Spain, Italy
- September: Spain, Italy
- October: Spain, Italy
- November: Brazil