FAQs

When is Sumo Citrus in-season?

Sumo Citrus is available from January through April every year.

Where is Sumo Citrus grown?

Sumo Citrus is only grown in the San Joaquin Valley of California and with partner growers in Australia.

What makes Sumo Citrus different?

Sumo Citrus is an enormously delicious healthy snack. Its size along with its incredible sweetness makes it a unique fruit. It’s also seedless and easy to peel. Sumo Citrus has a distinct top “knot”.

Why is Sumo Citrus more expensive than average oranges?

Sumo Citrus is easy to love but is the most difficult citrus to grow! It takes four years of constant love and care before a Sumo Citrus tree produces any fruit. Despite its rugged appearance, this delicate fruit requires far more expertise and gentle handling than any other piece of citrus. Each tree is carefully groomed by hand every year and then hand-picked and hand-packed. Even the trailers used to transport Sumo Citrus are designed to give it a smooth (vs. bumpy) ride.

Do different sized Sumo Citrus taste the same?

Sumo Citrus comes off the tree only when it is perfectly ripe. While the size may vary thanks to mother nature, the flavor will be consistent thanks to our facility where we screen every piece of fruit for flavor (measuring sugar and acid levels). If the flavor isn’t there, it doesn’t make it to the store!

Why doesn’t every Sumo Citrus look exactly the same?

This unique and delicate fruit may demonstrate the following slight variations, which do not affect the quality or flavor in any way:

  • Slight blemishes like discoloration, scarring or spotting.
  • Shape variations from a large to small “top knot.” In some cases when the fruit is small, the top knot is barely noticeable.
  • Peel varies from coarse to smooth.
  • Loose-fitting rind or soft texture. Hint: the looser the rind, the easier they are to peel.
What’s the best way to store my Sumo Citrus?

Sumo Citrus love to be stored at cooler temperatures with good air circulation.

What if I found a seed?

It is possible that you may find a seed or two in your usually seedless Sumo Citrus. While our growers work very hard to avoid seeds, they can form naturally in some pieces of fruit when a bee cross-pollinates a regular mandarin blossom with a Sumo Citrus tree blossom. And it’s tough to get mad at the bees.

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