On my latest trip to Whole Foods I was browsing the produce area and saw this ugly bumpy looking orange with a little knob on the top. I had to find out what it was.
(They are only in season Feb through May)
Here is another example of not judging a book by it’s cover because this is the most deliciously sweet mandarin orange I’ve ever tasted. I originally bought them for my hubby to try because he loves oranges but after I had a section of it, I was in love too.
Not only are these delicious but they are the perfect “to-go” snack because they are so easy to peel that a small child can do it, there will be no drippy sticky hands and they are seedless.
To test for the best tasting Sumo, I give them a little squeeze. Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready to eat.
I needed to find out the stats on this incredible fruit. I found Sumocitrus.comwhere they explain it all.
Grown in California’s Central Valley to the same exacting standards of the original Kumamoto farmer. It is the biggest mandarin you’ve ever seen. It has a distinctive shape with a prominent “top-knot.” The peel is bright orange, bumpy and loose so it peels effortlessly. The delicate sections separate easily. It’s seedless, juicy without being messy, and it is quite probably the sweetest citrus you’ll ever eat.
Size & Appearance
Easy to identify with the unique shape, bumpy rind and knob on the top that we like to call the SUMO’s ‘top-knot.’
Handle with care – Don’t let the rough exterior fool you. While the fruit looks tough and indestructible on the outside, it is somewhat delicate.
Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready to eat
Easy to Peel
One-piece peel – The SUMO’s ‘top-knot’ makes the fruit fun and easy to peel.
The bumpy and loose rind is characteristic of the variety and contributes to the easy peeling.
“Eat in the Car Test” — Unlike other citrus varieties, SUMO CITRUS® is ‘neat’ meaning no sticky mess, and hands stay dry.
SUMO CITRUS® has very little albedo or rag (the white part of citrus), allowing the fruit to section easily with less of the white “netting” sticking to the fruit.
Get your hands on a Sumo Citrus before they are out of season. They are available February thru May so you still have a couple of months to enjoy them. Your mouth will thank you.
I, much like little kiddie hands enjoy a good fruity gummy snack but unlike kiddie hands, I care about the food coloring, preservatives, sugar and nutritional value in the foods I put in my body. Pretty exciting. I know, I live on the edge.
Real Fruit Gummy Snacks
Lucky for me, I found this great recipe for Real Fruit Gummy Snacks at Don’t Mess with Mama.I tweaked it a little bit and created my own awesome version.
There are only 4 all natural ingredients: organic pure fruit juice, organic blueberries, organic maple syrup and grass fed gelatin.
What makes me giddy (or kiddie as it were) about these is that there are no preservatives, no food coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, and use grass fed gelatin. They are also gluten-free and paleo!
I read about the health benefits from grass fed gelatin and was really surprised. According to Thank Your Body, these are just some of the benefits associated with grass fed gelatin. You can go to their site for more a more in-depth explanation.
Gelatin can help with overall joint and bone health (and reduce arthritis pain).
Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, and texture. (Want shiny, strong hair naturally? Take your gelatin!)
Gelatin can help with the aging process. As we age our bodies make less collagen and gelatin provides more elasticity!
Gelatin has been shown to improve nail strength and growth.
Gelatin has been shown to help digestion and even heal digestive disorders.
Gelatin is a cost-effective and nutritious way to get more protein in your diet. (Note: It is not a complete protein so it shouldn’t be your only source for protein.)
Gelatin has also been shown to help you sleep better.
It’s also been associated with improved metabolism, reduced cellulite, and as a treatment for non-seasonal allergies.
Real Fruit Chews completely satisfy my need for something sweet, chewy and fruity. These all natural chews are also nutritious.
Author: The Organic Rabbit
Recipe type: Snack
1 cup organic pure cranberry or pomegranate juice (I used a mixture of both)
1 cup frozen blueberries
3 tbsp organic pure maple syrup or raw honey
4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
In a saucepan combine the berries and a ½ cup of juice.
Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until the fruit is tender and softened
Add maple syrup
Use an immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree mixture
Transfer mixture to a glass bowl
Very gradually whisk in the gelatin. I whisked constantly and sprinkled the gelatin in the bowl a little at a time until gone and there were no lumps. (If you do end up with some lumps, use your immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree it smooth)
Add the last ½ cup of juice after everything is smooth and there are no clumps.
Pour into a glass pan (I used a 8.5 x 6.5 pyrex dish) or cute little silicon molds.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Cut into squares and eat.
***Word of caution if using a Nutribullet - let the mixture cool for a minute or 2 before putting in the Nutribullet. I put the mixture in while it was still hot and when I unscrewed the top after blending, it exploded all over the place. Blueberry juice on the ceiling. So let it cool before using a Nutribullet***
I know there are 2 sides of the coin when it comes to consuming animal proteins. Having been vegan for years, I recognize the beliefs/benefits of the health and morality of that lifestyle. For me personally, I was sicker than I ever being vegan and am the healthiest I’ve ever been now consuming animal protein. I am in no way endorsing or condemning the consumption of animal proteins, just sharing a recipe for those that do consume it.