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Is it the world's greatest fruit? Maybe. Sarah has become OBSESSED with the hard-to-find Sumo Citrus.

You may have started to see your favorite Fayetteville grocery store circulars advertising something known as the Sumo Citrus. When I first saw them, they looked ginormous! I knew right then that eating this fruit would be an experience!

So what exactly is a Sumo Citrus? And why do you need to get it now?

This rare variety of mandarin, also known as “dekopon,” has only been around since the 1970s, originating in Japan according to the Sumo Citrus company.

One thing you need to know? It is worth the wait! 

It takes 4 years before a Sumo Citrus tree produces fruit. The Sumo Citrus is only available for a short window of time – from January through April. And boy is it sweet!

And we have the scoop on where Fayetteville folks can find Sumo Citrus. According to Sumo Citrus, you can get it now at Publix, The Fresh Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sams Club and Harris Teeter.

Just one Sumo Citrus can provide over 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C. And as with most fruit, naturally occurring sugars are a better choice over that piece of cake!


“Once someone tries Sumo Citrus for the first time it’s easy to see the reason for such a loyal following,” said Ron Steele, Vice President of Sales for Sumo Citrus. “Our goal for this season is to increase opportunities for first-timers with more store locations and the new bags so more consumers will get the chance to experience the highly regarded taste of Sumo Citrus.”

So what are the best attributes about this tasty fruit? I’m glad you asked! The Sumo Citrus is:

  • Sweet
  • Enormous
  • Easy-To-Peel
  • No Mess
  • Seedless
  • Distinct Top-Knot

Ask Don what I’ve been eating for breakfast almost every morning recently, and he’ll tell you the studio has never smelled better! I can’t get enough of this delicious fruit, and I will be stocking up for the short season!

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