Tasting the Mighty Dekopon

Dekopan

Last weekend, while on a ramen run at Mitsuwa, I got my hands on a pair of Dekopon oranges, the jumbo-sized Mandarin oranges being marketed here as "Sumo Citrus."

When the intrepid "fruit detective" David Karp declared that Dekopons were the best oranges he'd ever tasted, you know they must be good: "I've tasted more than 1,000 varieties of citrus, and to me the Dekopon is the most delicious," Karp wrote in a recent Los Angeles Times article on the oranges and their secret migration from Japan to California groves.

So, how were they? At $3.99 for a pair, they better be pretty fantastic. And they were: big (for a Mandarin), super-sweet, seedless, and juicy, and a rind that practically peels itself. If you see them, try them. They're worth the splurge.


 





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I am normally not a big fan of oranges, so I would like to try a Dekopon orange to see how much better the taste actually is. I am curious to know if I would like the Dekopon orange any better than regular. $3.99 for one orange is pretty steep for me to afford on a regular basis, but I would definitely pay to try one at least once. I am also curious to see how many of my local grocery stores carry Dekopon oranges. They may be hard to find.

 

This orange is huge! I love oranges and usually end up eating two when I eat one. With one as big as this I think it would satisfy my hunger for oranges. I hope David Karp is right about these cause I wanna try one. Although the price is high I am prepared to pay for better quality and bigger size. On the other hand I don't think I could be able to afford getting these on a weekly bases since I could probably get a hole bag of oranges for probably cheaper by weight. Nevertheless, trying this fruit would be an adventure that I would love to partake in.

 

I think this is a good site.Although the price is high I am prepared to pay for better quality and bigger size. On the other hand I don't think I could be able to afford getting these on a weekly bases since I could probably get a hole bag of oranges for probably cheaper by weight. Nevertheless, trying this fruit would be an adventure that I would love to partake in.

 

I love mandarin oranges. When I was younger, I use to pop the top on a can of them and eat them for a meal. Heck, I still do that today! They are usually much smaller than regular oranges or navels, but also much sweeter. This Dekopon orange looks incredible though. I wouldn't mind paying the high price just to try it. And if someone who has tasted over one thousand varieties of citrus thinks they taste the best, then full steam ahead :).

 

Omg!! This is the largest orange I have ever seen. I love oranges...the price is pretty steep though but I guess your paying for what you get if the orange is as good as its being described!

 

This is a great looking fruit. When I get back home I might try and check these out to see if they are any good. They look very good and from the other reviews, sound very good. The price seems a little bit high, but it is always nice to try something new, but not something to get on a regular basis.

 

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wow that looks delicious. i personally love oranges. from reading this article it seems like i really need to go out and buy one of these giant wonders. i can see how a market for these wouold exist with so many people eating oranges and drinking orange juice. whats next, dekopan juice?

 

I guess these are pretty sweet and yummy! :-)

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