Only expert citrus growers are able to cultivate Sumo Citrus, mostly on small-acreage farms in California that have been in operation for generations. These family farms maintain the highest growing standards possible.
Sumo Citrus is the only variety of dekopon grown commercially in the United States. Any orchard that is not monitored by our team of experts, and any fruit that does not come through our world class facility and meet our rigorous standards is not a Sumo Citrus.
There is no doubt that it is the most difficult citrus to cultivate. The fruit’s extremely delicate skin is easily bruised and sunburned. Only growers of Sumo Citrus know what it takes to pamper this fruit from seed to table.
Not every fruit can be considered a Sumo Citrus, only fruit that measures up in size and taste. Growers have to consistently walk their fields and determine which pieces of fruit are good enough to be called Sumo Citrus.
Every single piece of Sumo Citrus grown in North America is gently cleaned, hand-packed, and stored at our state-of-the-art packing facility.
Sumo Citrus is grown by multi-generational growers who respect natural ecosystems, resources, and community well-being.
Hand-pruned for more sunlight.
Ripened on the tree.
Each fruit is hand-picked.
Harvested in small totes instead of big bins.
Floated into the line to prevent bruising.
Hand-packed into each crate.
We are trialing regenerative farming practices like cover-cropping and reduced-till farming to improve soil biodiversity.
As permanent crops, healthy trees reduce erosion and hold carbon in the soil.
Investment in water-saving technologies like drip irrigation and moisture sensors.
Farms store and bank water to prepare for changing climatic conditions.
Investment in solar projects to control costs and reduce carbon footprint.
Energy-effcient LED lighting and energy monitoring to optimize packing and cold storage systems.
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