Written by: Danielle Maina

Citrus is at the peak of its season and we with Fit 4 the Cause could not be happier about it. However, when it comes time to eat a yummy piece of citrus fruit the last thing any of us want to do is cut one open, pick all the seeds out and have all of the juice ooze out all over your hands, leaving you with sticky fingers. With Sumo mandarins, it is an entirely different experience.

Sumo mandarins are the size of your average navel oranges. They’re extremely easy to peel (you can use your fingers to rip it open from the top), the juice doesn’t get all over the place, and the best part about these suckers: they’re seedless & deliciously sweet.

Not only do their characteristics make them great, but so does the hard work behind their existence. It took over three decades for a citrus grower from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan to develop this unique tangerine-orange hybrid. The grower industrialized series of methods of growing, hand-pruning and hand-thinning his trees to deliver the best possible flavor, which makes this citrus fruit different from all the others. You can find them in Japan known as Dekopons, in Korea known as Hallabongs and now in America known as Sumos.

 Sumo Nutrition:

  • Great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium & fiber.
  • Low acidity, making it easy to eat for those with sensitive stomachs.

 Where to buy Sumos locally:

  • Whole Foods Market
  • Gelson’s Market
  • Bristol Farms