Thursday, February 17, 2011

There's a new fruit in town - Sumo mandarins!

Sumo mandarins were developed in Japan, but now they're grown in California where they're not subject to an import quarantine (citrus disease lurks everywhere). They've got a great flavor, and they're juicy in February when their tinier cousins are past their prime.

The only drawback? They're pricey. But, for a first taste of a new fruit it was worth it. Hopefully the price will come down, and eventually boxes of these things will be available for our pleasure at a less sumo-inflated price.

Sumos are also known as Dekomon mandarins. Perhaps someone thought them a cousin of Pokemon, only more art deco?

1 comment:

  1. They are called Dekopon because they are a hybrid of the ponkan, another type of mandarin. Deko comes from the term dekoboko, which means bumpy.