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Feb 22, 2013 08:29 PM

Sumo oranges!

$2.48/pound at Nugget market. Sweet!

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  1. I noticed some at Whole Foods on Blossom Hill in San Jose last weekend too.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      They have them at the RWC, Palo Alto, and San Mateo locations too. Regular price is $3.99, although they were on sale for $2.99 this weekend.

    2. I bought some at Mollie Stone's in Sausalito today.

      1. on sale at WF at $2.99 as well. Though they are incredibly juicy (as evidence by the weight versus volume), i don't find them to be all that sweet... I read that they are a hybrid of the ponkam, which is a Taiwanese mandarin, but frankly, the sweetness cannot be compared. So, tend not to buy at this pricepoint despite the incredible juiciness, which I love.

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        1. re: FattyDumplin

          It might just be me, but I feel like they were sweeter last year.

          1. re: FattyDumplin

            I feel much the same way. I'd rather eat a Mandarin/tangerine of most any kind instead. The low acidity does make Sumo's seem sweeter. Also I found that if you let them "age" a few days on the counter, they sweeten up.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              It seems I've read the later season oranges, and the older trees are sweeter.

              1. re: Shrinkrap

                Makes sense to me.

                I just had one that was given to me on Friday, so it's been aging at least 5 days. Even though a couple segments had withered a bit, still plenty juicy, and this was sweeter than the one I had last year.

            2. re: FattyDumplin

              $2.89 at Berkeley Bowl. I agree with consensus that they do not seem as sweet as last season, but since satsuma season is waning, perhaps in a few weeks a later crop of satsumas will be the best--but priciest--citrus available.

            3. Gah! Now $3.99 at Nugget! Maybe I shouldn't have spread the word!

              1. I bought one at the Berkeley Bowl the other day and was reminded why I don't especially like them. Too sweet for me. I look for mandarins with a bit of acid to offset the sweetness.