If you recently saw oranges being sold at your local supermarket that looked bigger than normal, you likely were looking at sumo oranges. Sumo oranges earn their title due to their size, which is typically between half a pound and one pound.
This plus-sized citrus is a cross between the mandarin and the California naval orange, and was developed in Japan. It tastes like an incredibly sweet orange, but it is big enough that it can keep you full for much longer than the average citrus.
The sumo orange is only available from late winter through March, and can be bought at Whole Foods. This naturally seedless fruit is easy to peel and makes a great snack for in-between classes when you don’t have time to stop.
If you are looking to prepare a meal with sumo oranges, slice one and throw it into a salad of your choice, or mix it with other fruits for a sweet and nutritious fruit salad.
Additionally, because sumo oranges have a low acidity level in comparison to other citrus fruits you may be more familiar with, it is a better option for those with sensitive stomachs.
In case you need a little more convincing:
1. It took over thirty years to develop the sumo orange, and it was definitely worth the wait.
2. It is very easy to peel due to its signature top knot.
3. It is a great source of vitamin C.
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