In the produce aisle it's time to go big or go home.
That must mean it's now time for Sumo Citrus season.
Let out a scream that it's finally here.
Per usual we are going to help you track them down and answer your most frequently asked Sumo Citrus questions.
Sumo Citrus is the marketing name for the Dekopon mandarin. The Sumo is easy to peel like mandarin and is the size of a Navel orange.
Sumo Citrus has a rich, mandarin flavor, that has a good balance of sweet and sour notes.
No, Sumo Citrus is seedless.
When is Sumo Citrus (Mandarin) Season?
January through mid April
When Sumos were first being shipped, fruit was reaching stores first in February. Now you can them pretty much right after the ball drops in NYC. The season lasts longer now than it did years ago as more tress have come into production increasing supply.
I have found them still hanging around in as late as near the end of April. Last year their final shipment went out the week of April 9th.
Can You Order Sumo Citrus Online?
Yes you can! Yeah. If you having trouble finding them in the stores, you can head over to the Sumo Citrus website and order a gift box for yourself or a friend. The cost is $37.50 with shipping included. You got 8 Sumos in a box.
They ship anywhere in the contiguous United States (sorry Alaska and Hawaii).
Get Sumo Citrus as Part of a Fruit Club
I recently discovered that in February, Sumo Citrus is one of the varieties in Golden State Fruit's monthly fruit club (affiliate link) that you can order right on Amazon. They offer better choices than other fruit clubs I have researched. During the year they offer special varieties like Sumo Citrus, Sugar Cot Apricots, Pixie Tangerines, Bing Cherries, Pearl White Nectarines, and more. The club comes in 3-month, 6-month, 12-month.
What is the Price of Sumo Citrus?
Let's get this out of the way first, Sumo are more expensive. They hare harder to harvest and grow than other mandarins and oranges. The "knob" on the top of the Sumo can easily be damaged, so they have to harvest into small bins, instead of large crates like they do with other types of citrus.
The price I see most often is $3.99/pound. I have seen them for a dollar more and a dollar less. Kroger sells them by the each - such as 3 for $5.
Make sure to check out our post "Sumo Citrus - From Tree to Your Hands" to learn more about why they are expensive.
Can You Buy a Sumo Orange Tree?
Sorry they are not available for purchase. The link I shared above will also address this issue.
Are Sumo Mandarins Similar to Honeybells?
While they make share some similarity in appearance, Sumos and Honeybells are not the same. Honeybells are a Tangelo - a cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit. The taste and texture is very different. Sumos have a lighter colored orange skin as well.
You should be able to recognize the difference easily, even though I have seen grocery store screw this up.
Where to Find Sumo Citrus in 2018?
The list of locations below are stores that are expected to carry Sumo Citrus during the 2019 season. The independent stores may be missing from this list as they are harder to track.
Kroger has been going pretty big on them this year so far, so make sure you if you have a Kroger store or Kroger owned store nearby that you check it out. Whole Foods is pretty good about stocking them throughout the season. They usually have them on sale at some point.
For specific store locations, see the comment section below. You can help me with that by leaving a comment and letting us know where you found them.
Find Sumo Citrus in These Stores
- Bristol Farms
- Central Markets
- Cub Stores
- Gelson’s Markets
- Giant of Maryland
- Jewel Food Stores
- Market Street
- Nugget Markets
- Publix Supermarkets
- Save Mart
- Shaw’s Supermarkets
- Shop Rite Stores
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Star Market
- Stop & Shop Supermarkets
- The Fresh Market
- United Supermarkets
- Weis Markets
- Whole Foods Markets
- Zion Markets
Sumo Citrus Fudge
I really love seeing them. Sumos have a rich orange flavor that cannot be beat. That hasn't stopped me from using them in some recipes. Below you will find my recipe for a Sumo Citrus Fudge!
SUMO Citrus Fudge
- 1 ½ cups fine sugar
- ⅔ cup whole milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 drop yellow gel paste food coloring
- 1 drop red gel paste food coloring
- 10 oz white baking chips
- 2 tablespoons SUMO Citrus juice
- zest of 1 SUMO Citrus
- pinch kosher salt
- Line a 8 x 8 baking pan with wax or parchment paper. You can pray the paper with a little bit of oil to make sure it doesn't stick (optional)
- Place the sugar into a food processor. Process for 30 seconds until the sugar is fine.
- Combine sugar, milk, and butter in a medium sauce pan. Heat the pan to just melt the butter, then bring to a boil over medium high heat.
- Boil for 5 minutes, do NOT stir during this time.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in the white baking chips and food coloring. Keep mixing until it completely melts. It may look like it won't fully melt but just keep stirring.
- Stir in the juice and zest.
- Quickly place into your 8 x 8 pan. Smooth out with a spatula.
- Allow to complete cool to set up before cutting.
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