The History of Sumo Citrus
This rare seedless variety was originally cultivated in in the 1970’s by a citrus grower from Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan who set out to develop the ultimate citrus. He combined the best of easy-to peel Japanese varieties with big, juicy sweet oranges from California. Over many years, his hard work paid off and the variety became the most prized fruit in Japan and Korea.
Seedlings of the fruit were first imported into the US in 1998, but because Sumo Citrus is one of the most challenging varieties to grow, it wasn’t until 2011 that they became available to the public.
Growing Sumo Citrus
Bursting with juicy sweetness, Sumo Citrus® is one of the world’s largest and sweetest mandarins. Distinguished for its Top Knot and uneven skin, this rare seedless hybrid variety delivers the ultimate citrus experience: incredibly sweet and easy-to-peel, without the mess! Born in Japan and raised in California, Sumo Citrus is grown with care by our passionate, expert growers and perfectly pampered. Each Sumo Citrus tree is pruned and harvested by hand which also means we hold this notoriously difficult-to-grow fruit to high standards so only the best are called Sumo Citrus.
Sumo Citrus is the world’s most pampered fruit
- Nearly all North American Sumo Citrus is grown in a 60-mile area in California’s Central Valley
- Trees are 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
- Transported in air ride Trailers
Did You Know?
- Sumo Citrus are a unique hybrid derived from Satsuma, Orange, and Mandarin, Sumo Citrus is named a “dekopon” for its distinctive Top Knot.
- Sumo Citrus has a very limited season – from January through April. It’s limited availability makes it a highly sought after fruit.
- To ensure every bite is super-sweet, Sumo Citrus’ sweetness is measured by the “BRIX scale”, which measures the sugar content. A Sumo Citrus will range between 14-18 brix!