Fruit of the Week! The Sumo Orange

Wondering what the best orange in the world is? It’s the Sumo Orange. Hands down.  It’s the sweetest, most delicious orange around.


If you know anything about me, you know I taste the fruit in the produce aisle. I eat it.   Smell it and chew it and swallow it into my belly.   All the while enduring the glances of people who dare to judge me.   The people judging me often have permanently pinched faces and look like they always abide by rules but mostly when it’s to their benefit.   You know the type.   So I take their scorn with a grain of salt. And a mouthful of grapes.

If the stolen fruit passes the taste test, it goes into my cart, if not … I keep wandering until I find something I like.

You don’t have this problem with potatoes.  Potatoes always taste exactly like potatoes.  But fruit is different. The only time fruit tastes exactly like it did the last time you bought it, is when it’s Froot Loops.

For the most part I only do taste testing with fruit you don’t have to peel, although last week I did crack open a pea pod to see if the peas inside were worth buying.  They were.

So when I went to the grocery store yesterday I was flummoxed.  They had a fruit I’d never seen before and I wanted to buy it, but it was protected by the thickest peel I’d ever seen.  Peeling this jumbo thing in the middle of the produce aisle would attract about as much attention as if I peeled my own clothes off.  So I did what anyone confused by a piece of fruit in the produce aisle does. I stared at it.  I picked it up and looked at it, then put it back. Then I stared at it some more.

Turns out this sort of spastic behaviour attracts as much attention as getting naked.  After about 2 minutes of this back and forth between me and the orange,  the produce manager came lumbering over  with a huge grin on his face and proclaimed the Sumo orange I was looking at to be the most delicious orange in the world.  That’s a bold statement.

He followed his bold statement with an even bolder move.  The produce manager grabbed the orange, peeled it and handed it over to me.  To taste!  Free of charge.    He was acting suspiciously like a “pusher”.  Against my better judgement I tried it.

It was pretty stinkin good.  I  bought 2 of them and plan on going back fore more.  Just like that I’m hooked.  It is …

The Sumo Orange

The Sumo Mandarin was developed in Japan and is basically a cross between a Satsuma Mandarin and a California Navel Orange.  After 30 years of development in Japan it’s now in North American grocery stores for about $2 – $2.50 each.  That’s a pricey orange, which of course, is why I  was struggling over whether to buy it or not.  Well, that and the fact that I’m crazy.

It peels like a dream.

It’s seedless.

Its sections break apart easily.

It’s sweet, delicious and juicy without being messy.

Plus it looks cool in a fruit bowl.

The moral of this story?

1.  Ignore people who scorn you.

2.  People who push fruit aren’t nearly as dangerous as people who push drugs.

3.  Chances are if you don’t mention a fruit looks like a nipple, people won’t notice.


  1. chris says:

    David Karp the fruit detective on Dekopans (Mandarin/Orange hybrid). 13 years looking for this fruit.

    The Dekopon arrives in California

  2. Sheila says:

    I’ve been on the hunt ever since seeing this post. Saw the Minneola tangerines at Super Target and since they looked just like the ones in your picture I snagged several to the tune of .79 each. Not too bad. But when I looked them up they defintely aren’t the same fruit but they do peel so nicely! I can almost peel the entire skin off in one piece. So sad that life has come down to how an orange peels. Ha!

    • Karen says:

      Sheila – LOL. I’ve always loved the “simple” things in life. Although I have no tolerance for stupid people. Everyone seems to think they know this orange, but by another name. I’m having a hard time convincing everyone that it only came out this month. It is a NEVER BEFORE seen fruit! I know this sounds bold, but ask your produce manager about them. Seek him/her out and build a friendship. You’ll be surprised at what happens. I … for instance … received free lemons this week! :) ~ karen

  3. Jen A says:

    That’s not just any nipple. It’s a sumo nipple. :’o

  4. Allison says:

    We love these oranges! However, they are referred to as “minneola oranges” where I have purchased them.

    Between these and clementines I can’t stand regular oranges anymore!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Allison! Actually, these aren’t Minneola oranges. They look similar, but the Sumo is a *brand new* type of orange only released into society for the very first time this month. They have a similar look! Give the Sumo a shot if you find one in your grocery store. They’re available for the next couple of months. ~ karen

    • Karen says:

      Allison! Oh! An easy way to recognize the Sumo is it’s the size of my head. LOL. ~ karen

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