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One of 3 tomato varieties that we grow that were bred by Dr. Joe McFerran from the University of Arkansas. An outstanding tomato in every way. Great taste, great production, and strong grower. I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Dr. Joe a few years ago and got to hear all of his stories about the world of tomato breeding that was going on in post World War Two America. Dr. McFerran did extensive breeding work and test growing in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s throughout the state. He believes many of his “test” varieties escaped his trial gardens and have since become many of the family heirlooms that are marketed today as being a hundred years old. He was one of the pioneers to work with the gene that gives “black” tomatoes like Cherokee Purple their distinctive color. When asked why they were not brought to market he replied, “we couldn’t get anyone to buy a tomato that color, so we dropped the project.” See also Bradley and Ozark Pink.