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Feb 14, 2012 04:02 PM

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.