The other day my sister sent me an email with the subject line, "They are Back!" and only an image attached. At first I thought it was spam. I crossed my fingers and opened the picture anyway. When the image loaded I giggled with glee, it was a heap of Sumo Citrus on display at her local natural food store.
These are too good not to lay your hands on. Even if you only snag a single fruit it will be a treat worth tracking down. These oversized rolly-polly cuties are a tangerine-orange hybrid developed, over 30 years, by a grower in Japan. Previously available in Asia, they are now grown in limited quantity in Central California for distribution along the U.S.'s west coast.
Around the size of a medium Navel Orange, they are so easy to peel they practically shed their own skin — no jamming bits of rind under your fingernails with these babies. The plump segments are sweet with a mild tartness much like a mandarin. They are juicy but not messy, so you should be safe eating one without a napkin (kids will probably still need their hands wiped because, well, you know why).
This morning I was so excited to scoop up half a dozen Sumo Citrus from the pile at my local Whole Foods. Post-acquisition I ran right home to gobble up the first one. I haven't decided if I will share them with the rest of the family. Perhaps I will tuck them in the bottom of a hamper or the back of a cabinet — is that mean?
The limited supply and short season means Sumo are priced above most other citrus, but I got a tip from the Whole Foods checker that they would likely put the last of the supply on a one-day clearance sale. If I hear about a Sumo sale I'll post the info on Facebook.
Check out the Sumo Citrus website for the full story of Sumo you can also find a little more detail on where to buy these lumpy spheres of goodness.
Have you tried Sumo Citrus? What did you think?
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