|Sumo countdown at Wegmans|
(Update: I actually recommend that you avoid the Sumos delivered this year to the Columbia Wegmans. The oranges are delicious, and some people have had no problems. But our box rotted. An orange was liquid by Friday, and others were soft. I know that happened to other people. Wegmans was easy and friendly with a return, so I'm fine. But at a minimum I suggest that you feel every Sumo in your box and then wash them as soon as you get home.)
Sumo are a brand-name for a delicious hybrid fruit -- a cross between an orange and tangerine. They're special citrus. The peel pulls away easily. The section have a skin so thin that it's almost like they're all pulp. You get a strong citrus flavor, less sweet than those tiny oranges and more flavor of great fresh-squeezed juice.
I wrote about Sumos two years ago when they were a top-secret project just coming to market. Wegmans has joined the fun. They had a countdown clock at the entrance this week, and they had an order for almost 600 boxes. I don't know the price, but they won't be cheap. But then, they're fruit. Even expensive fruit will be a relatively-small splurge, and you deserve some excitement in the midst of winter.
Go soon because they'll sell quickly. I'd ask Wegmans to save me a box, but I doubt they'll last far into the weekend.
Of course, if you're looking for citrus fun, then you need to know about Al Pong's orchard. Pong has commented on prior Sumo posts, and he grows and breeds all kinds of fruit trees in Fulton. Last year, Pong said he was getting some varieties that competed with the Sumo. Kyle wrote a few years ago about getting a kaffir lime tree from Pong's orchard. It's definitely a fun local place to know.