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oniontears Feb 26, 2011 11:06 AM

Intrigued by David Karp's article in the LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...
I was thrilled to find Sumos at Berkeley Bowl. As described, they are easy to peel and super sweet. The pronounced mandarin citrus taste is missing, but if you like very sweet citrus with a pulpy flesh, they are worth seeking out since they may only be around through March. Berkeley Bowl is selling them for $2.59/lb or an 8 piece box for $10.

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    Nina Mar 5, 2011 07:29 PM

    I just got a few at Nijiya (the San Mateo branch). $1.69 each or six packed in a box for $12.50 (I stood in front of the display for a while thinking that through...the markup is for the box.) I like the peelability; as for the taste, I'm just getting over a cold and my palate hasn't quite recovered, but at this point I'm not sure I could do a blind taste-test and tell a dekopon apart from a good-quality orange. As wally says, not much acid, so they would be good for people with reflux.

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      mhuang Mar 1, 2011 05:05 PM

      I found some Sumos at Mitsuwa in Santa Clara this weekend, $12.79 for a box of 8, and (I believe) $1.79 for each. Super sweet, super fresh, and huge.

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      Mitsuwa
      675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

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        Melanie Wong Mar 3, 2011 08:57 PM

        I'm eating one now that was purchased at Mitsuwa. I'm not finding it that sweet, certainly not as sweet as the Murcott or Paige tangerines i've eaten this season. This is a bit lower in acidity than those are and peels easily. The juice and firm pulp remind me more of a navel orange than a tangerine. Quite aromatic.

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        Mitsuwa
        675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

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          shouzen Mar 4, 2011 06:13 AM

          I've also seen the Dekopon at Nijiya market and Whole Foods. I've been quite impressed with the ones I bought - haven't had oranges (yes, they're more orange-like to me) this sweet in a very long while. I think they were the same price as Mitsuwa.

          If they weren't so darn expensive, I bet they'd make a great OJ.

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          Mitsuwa
          675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

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            boris_qd Mar 4, 2011 08:02 AM

            I also had one from whole foods and thought it was very sweet with low acidity. I would gladly eat more except that at $1.70/piece I probably won't.

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            wally Mar 4, 2011 07:32 AM

            I bought some at Berkeley Bowl. Very orange like and not as interesting to me as other mandarines. Very easy to peel. Not very much acid.

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            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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            Ericruo Feb 27, 2011 07:17 AM

            We found the Sumo brand Dekopon Mandarins at Ranch 99 in Dublin at $9.99 for the box. They're quite good but not worth the price. Since they were at that Ranch 99, it suggests they're likely to be found at other Ranch 99s. We were there on a konyaku run (the noodles made from konjac, essentially without calories or carbohydrates).

            We also ate dinner at Full House Chinese Restaurant 7265 Regional Street, Dublin, Ca. 925-556-1698. They have a $21.99 for three dishes and throw in either rice or a scallion cake. We had black bean sauce fish fillet, a good version white fish chunks stir fried with bell peppers, onions and a not too sweet or overpowering addition of whole dau si (black beans); vegetables deluxe, onions, carrots, zucchini, straw mushrooms, very Cantonese, simple and good; braised tofu, again a Cantonese staple, but good - sauce not gloppy or sweet; Hot Bean Paste Tofu (Ma Po Do Fu) decent heat, from pickeled chiles, but no sichuan pepper detected, no green onions. I saw a great looking Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce go by as did a what looked to be deep fried salt and pepper pork chops. This is a decent place and we'll likely be back.

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            99 Ranch Market
            7333 Regional St, Dublin, CA

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