Citrus lovers. Gather around. Let me tell you about the mighty Sumo Citrus. A mandarin the size of a Navel orange. Easy to peel. Tender segment that are juicy, without being messy. Rich flavor that surpasses them all. Oh I love this fruit. It's a Michigander's dream on a cold, blistery January day when your memories of the sun are only that, memories.
How Does this Year's Sumo Citrus Crop Look
Each year, I try to spread the word on where to find the Sumo. But before I get to that information, let me share with you what I heard about this year's crop from one of their growers, Jonelle George.
"As the trees have matured each year, harvest has come incrementally earlier. And--yes--I am still very passionate about the Sumo. I am so happy to say that, so far, the crop quality is amazing this year. There should be a much larger supply this year than last. This is good news because we had a very hard time meeting demand last year."
More Sumos this year! That is music to my ears.
Want to learn about the amazing story on behind how Sumo Citrus got growing, read Sumo Citrus - From Tree To Your Hands, The Story of the Most Delicious Citrus Variety on Earth.
Where to Find Sumo Citrus in 2017?
You won't find Sumo Citrus in just any old store. They typically are carried by the most high end chains and specialty stores. Whole Foods Market has always been a huge Sumo Citrus supporter as you can see in this Instagram photo below.
As I hear about them, I will list store locations in parentheses that have had confirmed Sumo sightings. If you find them at a store not in this list, let me in the comment section below and I will add it. Also make sure to check out my frequently asked Sumo questions right after the store listings.
Galleria Market / HK Market
Koreatown Plaza Market
Whole Foods Market (confirmed in Westwood)
Grow – The Produce Shop
Sigona's Farmers Market
Berkeley Bowl Marketplace (confirmed)
Old McDonald's Farmers Market
Capitola Village Market
Andronico's Community Markets
Whole Foods Market
Zanotto's Family Markets
Piazza's Fine Foods
Safeway (select Northern California locations)
Roth's Fresh Market
Dan's Fresh Supermarket
Baldor Specialty Foods
Times Supermarket - Hawaii
Super 1 Foods Idaho, Montana
Safeway (Select Locations)
Kroger (Select Locations)
Brennan's Country Farm Market
Jungle Jim's International Market
Wegman's Food Markets (confirmed in Leesburg, VA)
West Side Markets
The Fresh Market
Whole Foods Market (Confirmed in Ann Arbor, MI, Littleton, CO, Cincinnatti, OH, Portland, OR, Bellevue, WA, Tuscon, AZ)
Foodland & Sack & Save Supermarkets Hawaii
Town & Country Markets
Dorothy Lane Market
QFC (confirmed in Seattle area)
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Sumo Citrus Searched Questions
Here are a list of questions about Sumos that I got last season that brought people to my blog.
How to Send/Order Sumo Citrus
They currently are not being offered for direct purchase or online sales. If that option becomes available I update you.
Can You Use Sumo Citrus Zest?
Yes you can. I have used it in two recipes (for fudge and for cookies). You can also use it on chicken, in salad dressings, and anything else you would use orange zest for. As Sumos are on the expensive side (click here to read why) you might as well get the most bang for your buck and use the zest in your cooking.
Are Sumo oranges the same as Honeybells?
No. They are completely different varieties. Honeybells are type of tangelo, just like a Mineola. Yes they do both have a similar top. Honeybells and Mineolas tender to be smaller in size with a dark, smoother skin. They are also much harder to peel. The only reason thing is common is the nob on top of the fruit.
Should I Store Sumo Citrus in the Fridge?
Yes. That will extend their life. If you plan to eat them right away, you don't need to worry about it.
Where Can I Buy Sumo Citrus trees?
You can't. They can only be grown by license growers. Click here to read why.
When are Sumo oranges due in stores?
As I mentioned at the top of this post, one of the growers said that as the trees have matured they are producing fruit earlier and earlier. Now you can expect them just after the beginning of the new year in early to mid January.