Sumo orange is a hybrid of two citrus fruits, the mandarin orange and the California navel orange, developed in Japan over 30 years. They are thought to be seedless and easy to peel and have been reported to be one of the sweetest and most aromatic citrus varieties on the market. The flesh is said to be very juicy and sour and sweet like Tangelo but it has a more robust citrus flavor. Here's everything you must know about the unique fruits.
The skin is also bumpier and thicker than mandarin oranges but easier to peel off because it is peeled off from the fruit. Unfortunately, the sumo orange tends to be more expensive also. According to a company that sells sumo oranges in the U.S., the fruit is about $3 per pound because it usually takes four years of constant love and cares for the sumo citrus tree to produce fruit, and disregarding its rough appearance; this delicate fruit requires far more skill and gentle handling than any other citrus fruit.
Sumo Orange has gone viral on the internet recently because of a trending video on TikTok. The fruit is currently in stock at grocery stores across the United States which is almost expected as the variety is currently in season and will be available until the end of April.
Sumo (Shiranui) citrus fruits are also called Dekopon in Japan and Harabon in South Korea and are a hybrid of orange-Satsuma-mandarin orange. Japanese farmers first cultivated it in the 1970s and then brought it to the United States in 1998.
However, it was just put on the market in 2011 because it is challenging to cultivate. Almost all sumo sold in the United States today is grown in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Sumo citrus fruits are more expensive than usual compared to other similar varieties due to their short season and the attention required for the growth and harvest of each fruit.
The TikTok influencer, Xie, recommends enjoying the raw slices with marshmallow cream cheese dip or adding pieces of this juicy fruit in salad sprinkled with honey. For a dessert option to turn over the oven, use sumo orange peel instead of oranges and lemons in this citrus and olive oil cake recipe.
A perfect healthy snack at home or on the go, each sumo citrus fruit, along with 3g of fiber and 3g of protein, provides 163% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, making you feel full for a more extended period of time. The fiber provides digestive benefits, glucose control, helps lower cholesterol, and may help maintain a healthy weight.
How do you properly sort out the best sumo orange? By avoiding damaged fruits, small scratches do not adversely affect the taste or texture of the
fruit. In addition, sumo oranges are picked at the peak of aging, so you don't have to wait for them to become sweeter and better.
Proper storage of the fruit is important also, so refrigerate for up to 1-2 weeks to extend storage life. Then, enjoy peeling, separating, or slicing. Sumo oranges can be eaten raw, sweetened in addition to smoothies, or soaked in dark chocolate to make a luxurious dessert.