Oh, where to start. First, thank you to the guy working at Whole Foods that saw me reaching for oranges and literally grabbed my arm and said, “NO. You need to buy SUMO oranges instead.”
He pointed toward the giant display of mutant-looking orange fruits in the front of the store. The fruits that I had passed by earlier and felt sorry for because they looked like they fell right off of the ugly orange tree and whacked every branch on the way down:
After sensing my apprehension of A) not knowing him, and B) wondering why a total stranger was so insistent upon me purchasing this shriveled-looking wonder, he brought me over to the display and peeled one for me to try. (Let’s be serious – he even told me afterward that he was totally craving one and it was an excuse to rip one open.) Despite it’s questionable exterior, this thing peeled gloriously; the nubbin (that’s right, I said ‘nubbin’) was pried off with a swift twist, the skin was easily pulled away from the fruit, revealing neat, clean, seedless slices of citrus heaven. The company who sells SUMO’s even claims that it passes the “‘Eat in the Car Test” — Unlike other citrus varieties, SUMO CITRUS™ is ‘neat’ meaning no sticky mess, and hands stay dry.”
OH MY WORD, this thing is a clementine on crack.
If you are into fruit facts (you fruit geek, you) you can read more about this hybrid fruit and the controversy surrounding how it came to be here. It involves some shadiness, lots of smuggling, and some scandal (an underground corrupt fruit world, who knew?) But, if not, and you just want to enjoy an awesome citrus fix and grab some extra Vitamin C, head over to your nearest Whole Foods and stock up on these bad boys asap – they are available through the month of March.