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The Sumo Citrus® is a large mandarin, slightly larger than the size of a navel orange, with a distinctive bump-like projection at its stem tip. It has pale orange, easy-to-peel skin, and its flesh is seedless, extremely sweet, and juicy. It sections easily as it contains less albedo - the white netting covering individual sections - than other varieties.
Sumo Citrus® is available in late winter into spring.
Sumo Citrus® is the commercial brand name in United States for this variety, which is known by its trademarked name, Dekopon, in its country of origin. Sumo Citrus® is botanically called Citrus reticulata 'Shiranui'. The original Sumo Citrus® in Japan is credited with saving Japanese citrus farmers thanks to its heat resistance, as a steady rise in temperatures has made cultivation of other citrus varieties near impossible.
Sumo Citrus® is a good source of vitamin C, foliate, fiber and potassium. It is also low in acid, making it suitable for those with sensitive stomachs.
The Sumo Citrus® is known as an "everyday" fruit, meaning it can be eaten fresh but is also suited for desserts, breakfasts and salads. The individual wedges of the Sumo Citrus® are best served peeled of their thin membrane. Peeled and segmented Sumo Citrus® can be prepared ahead of time as it keeps well in the refrigerator. Sumo Citrus® pairs well with coconut, cucumber, apple, seafood, pine nuts, pistachios, tree nut oils, mild cheeses, bacon, chiles, avocado, white fish, and mild lettuce varieties. Sumo Citrus® will last up to four days at room temperature, and will keep longer when refrigerated.
Sumo Citrus® is appropriately named for its size, as it is one of the largest mandarin varieties available, as well as for its characteristic bump or top knot, like that of a Sumo wrestler.
Sumo Citrus® was first developed in Japan in 1972 under the name, Dekopon. It is the result of an intensive 30-year experimentation at a government fruit research station in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Sumo Citrus® is a complex hybrid of kiyomi tangor (a cross of orange and satsuma mandarin) and a ponkan, a large mandarin popular in Asia. Budwood branches were imported from Japan to California where growers began cultivating the citrus in secret. In 2011, when the California farmers were successfully growing crops, they introduced the citrus under the trademarked name, Sumo Citrus®.
Recipes that include SUMO CITRUS®. One is easiest, three is harder.
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