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Sumo citrus - enormously good to eat

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Seriously, everything they say on that site is true ... and more so

Berkeley Bowl West is selling them. The are either $2.89 a pound or boxed and wrapped in tissue for almost $13 a dozen. Worth every last cent.

This is the most exciting new citrus since the honey tangerine. These are so much better and complex.

Sweet but with slight tang to make it interesting. The fruit has a crispnes to it. It is easy to peal and when you do the aroma is wonderful. This Valentine's Day i fell in love with the sumo citrus.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Edit; wrong link from my this post. I was trying to find the earlier Dekopon thread

    2. I bought some at Whole Foods (Noe Valley) a few days ago. I agree, they are really, really good. And I'm more of a grapefruit gal--really don't like oranges much at all, generally. Large, and yes, easy to peel, and seedless. BB's price point is better than WF's.

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      1. re: Atomica

        Thanks to Robert. I couldn't remember the Dekopan name. I knew there was a recent thread and couldn't find it.


        Here's a thread from last year and other markets that were selling them.


        The opion was very mixed. It may have to do with personal taste. I'm not impressed by varieties some of te varietes that people who were unimpressed mentioned. So I guess it depends on what someone is loking for in citrus.

        1. re: rworange

          I saw them at Nijiya in Mountain View on Sunday = $2.50 each - box price was offered as well - but I don't recall what it was
          They were large in size..

          Nijiya Market
          143 E El Camino Real Mountain, View, CA

      2. I tried one last year -- I'm sure I commented about it, but I don't see my post.

        Anyway, I was completely underwhelmed -- way too low acid for my taste. But then, that's my taste: I like high acid in my fruits (or really, in almost anything except chocolate -- for some reason I really dislike acidic notes in chocolate). I thought the texture was kind of interesting, though.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Had one at Nijiya in Japantown last weekend for 2.39 each. Incredible aroma from the peel, great texture. I ate it as I was getting my groceries packed (so rude), and the kid who was packing my bags said, "Wow, that citrus smell really woke me up!" The fruit was actually pretty acidic, which I liked. I was told that they get sweeter later in the season. Kind of like a giant tangerine with better texture.

          1. re: wolfe

            Did you try it? I think I had it long ago but didn't think much of it. I'm not taking samples of another thing until cold and flu season is over. just the thought makes me queasy.

            1. re: rworange

              Yes and wasn't impressed plus I couldn't find a place to toss the pomelo thick rind until the bucket at the front door.:-)

          2. Tried one. Takes the basic flavor of Mandarin oranges (which I find one-dimensional, boring, and cloying) and adds enough acid and additional complexity to make it interesting. Not as good as the Ram Das navel oranges I've been eating but a lot easier to eat and not messy.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Is Ram Das produce only at Berkeley Farmers Market the the East Bay?

              1. re: bunnysitter

                Also at Thursday Marin Farmer's Market.

                1. re: bunnysitter

                  Tuesday and Saturday in Berkeley, Marin Civic Center on Thursday.

                  Not at Berkeley on Thursday or Marin on Sunday.

              2. They're at the original Berkeley Bowl as well

                1. Just bought two sumo mandarins at Whole Foods in SOMA/Fourth Street (they were $2.99 a pound, on sale from $3.99 a pound). Typically I don't go for oranges of any kind--too much work to peel (yes, lazy) and I don't like the seeds. But since reports here mentioned the ease of peeling and the seedless-ness, as well as the sweetness (my favorite part of fruit), I decided to check them out. I just peeled and ate the first one and liked it a lot, especially the lack of seeds. It does have a tang to it, which creeps in after the sweetness. I still prefer apples for my afternoon snack--they seem more filling, maybe they have more fiber?--but I will happily gobble up my second sumo tomorrow.

                  1. My son and I have been gobbling these down thanks to your heads up.

                    1. I grabbed one at the Potrero Whole Foods ... so I assume all of WFs have them on sale.
                      It was pretty good. Might stop in for the dozen at BB.

                      1. BTW, Mr. Orange, Berkeley Bowl East is selling the Sumo Flat at $12.25 for 9, which is about 25% higher price than $13/doz ... and is about the edge of my marginal utility willingness-to-pay.

                        Meanwhile, back at the other end of Berekely/Shattuck, pretty interesting DINO KALE-SQUASH pizza at Cheeseboard.

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                        1. re: psb

                          If the Mr. Orange you are calling to is rworange, then you should know that she's a female.

                          1. re: psb

                            yeah, I bought a box at BBW and it turned out there are only nine in a box, so no price difference. The per pound sumos are the same taste, so no need to invest in nine. Unfortunately i ate them all in two days so need to go back for another box.

                            1. re: rworange

                              I just bought a couple of sumos at Monterey Market. They're good, but the temple oranges I got at Berkeley Bowl a couple of weeks ago still beat them. The thing about temple oranges is the acid--sweet plus acid, yum. I think temple oranges come from Florida--they seem to be a type of mandarin. Sometimes I see them as royal mandarins.

                              1. re: TopoTail

                                Yeah ... its an acid preference. I don't like Temples for that reason. Too sharp for me. I forgot to note the name, but Berkeley Bowl West had some little teeny tiny tangerines that were similar to temples at almost $5 lb that were located in the berry section. Unfortunatley there were also some teeny, tiny ones nearby that were more of a classic tangerine in taste.

                                My taste in tangerines is more towards the honey variety and the Sumo is on the edge of what I'll tolerate for acid ... and they just have the most beautiful aroma.

                          2. How do these compare with the tom Wilson oranges?

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                            1. re: Crunchyapple

                              The Tom Wilson is a good navel orange. Sumos are tangerines. Does Andronico's have the Wilsons yet?

                              1. re: rworange

                                Not the last time i went. I'm still patiently waiting for them...