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Your Guide to Sumo Citrus: Buying, Recipes & More

Say hello to your new citrus obsession. Find it in our Produce department for a limited time only.

Sumo citrus in bowl

Imagine the perfect orange — super easy to peel, extra juicy and amazingly sweet. Meet the Sumo Citrus, a special citrus variety that you can find in our Produce department for a limited time only each year. New to Sumo Citrus? This cult-favorite fruit, with its large size, bumpy orange skin and characteristic “top-knot” is tough to miss. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Sumo Citrus?

The Sumo Citrus was originally cultivated in Japan during the 1970s by a citrus grower on a mission to create the ultimate citrus — big, juicy-sweet and easy to peel. The result? A hybrid of the Pummelo, Navel and Mandarin varieties known as “Dekopon” in Japan. Did you know: The word “deko” translates to “bump.” After gaining a loyal following in Japan, the fruit made its way to grocery stores in the United States by 2011, where it was sold under the name “Sumo Citrus.”

How to Store Sumo Citrus

Store Sumo Citrus in the refrigerator, preferably in the produce or crisper drawers. The humidity in this space is actually different than the rest of your fridge, and it helps to preserve the flavor and texture of your fruit.

How to Eat Sumo Citrus

Although Sumo Citrus is easiest to peel from their “top-knot.” Gently tear it away and the rest of the skin should peel off easily. Simply separate each segment and then take a bite — the flesh is seedless and it won’t make a sticky mess.

Sumo Citrus on white surface with green background

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Sumo Citrus

Sumo Citrus are delicious enjoyed as is, there are endless ways to enjoy this versatile fruit. Check out these ideas for inspiration.

  • On-the-go snack: Packable and lunchbox-friendly, Sumo Citrus is an ideal snack for the office or school day. Tuck the segments into a colorful bento box alongside sliced veggies, salads and more.

  • In a yogurt or smoothie bowl: For a next-level breakfast or snack, cut Sumo Citrus segments into smaller pieces and add to Greek Yogurt with Honey and Thyme or our Vegan Smoothie Bowl (instead of grapefruit).

  • Better-for-you dessert: Instead of reaching for a piece of candy after dinner, try Sumo Citrus to satisfy a sweets craving.

  • Mixed into salads: Toss cut Sumo Citrus segments with leafy greens, toasted nuts, beets and goat cheese for a lunch salad or easy dinner side dish. Try them in: Beet Salad with Oranges and Romaine.

  • Zested for treats: Sumo Citrus zest can add a citrusy flavor to dessert recipes like cakes, cookies, pies and more. Swap the zest into your favorite recipes that use orange zest, such as this classic Strawberry Shortcake.

Ready to stock up? Visit the Produce department in your local Whole Foods Market store to get your hands on Sumo Citrus when it’s in season.

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