This tomato was just about lost forever. It was one of the last projects of the late Dr. Joe McFerren. Dr. McFerren from the University of Arkansas is the breeder of such great tomatoes as Arkansas Traveler, Bradley, and Ozark Pink. J-Pope is a small cocktail tomato that was first picked up by a commercial canning company for making pickled cocktail tomatoes. The "J " stands for jointless so harvesting is easy. I have never seen so many tomatoes on one plant. J-Pope is a tomato machine. It also has one of the most unusual traits I have ever seen. If you squeeze one of these tomatoes the skin pops off. Sort of hard to describe what I am talking about. It is almost like there are three layers to the tomato. The skin, some flesh that sticks to the skin, and then an inner tomato ball. Weird. We have been searching for this seed ever since I talked to Dr. McFerren the year before he passed away. We finally located some old seed in one of the Agricultural Experiment stations and got it to germinate. So, for the first time ever, J-Pope is being offered for sale. For me, saving this lost gem from disappearing into obscurity forever is the highlight of this years offerings.