Sumo Citrus: Kudos to the Sumos

 

The midwest just got a whole lot sweeter! If you are like me (which I assume you are since you are reading my blog) then you probably enjoy a good piece of fruit. Especially deliciously sweet oranges when they are in season. But you know what the worst thing about oranges are? Peeling them! Ask my husband, it seriously takes me over 5 minutes to peel an orange. No joke. He actually says it is painful to watch me, and just peels them for me now. He’s awesome I know. But I was recently introduced to what I may now consider the best citrus ever, the Sumo Citrus®! Not only are these bad boys maybe the sweetest mandarin I’ve ever eaten, but they are huge, seedless, and my favorite…easy to peel! Consider them the big brother to the Cuties® or Halos®.

 

 

Originally developed in Japan, the Sumo Citrus® is grown right here in the United States on family farms in sunny California. You can actually read about the growers on their website so you know exactly where your fruit is coming from. Plus these are Non-GMO and they are packaged with environmentally friendly, safe, green, and 100% recyclable material. A big plus in my book!

 

 

Unfortunately you won’t be able to find these year round and are only is season February-May. But thankfully Kroger is one of only a few retailers outside California to offer the distinct Sumos at an affordable price. You will be able to find these at Kroger stores in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton for the next 6-8 weeks, so get your fix while you can. I know I will be packing a lot of these for lunch and be sure to stop back in a few weeks for recipes. I already have some dinner ideas using these sweet bad boys.

 

 

I had to add one last picture of my little sumo.

 

This post is sponsored by Kroger, but experiences and views are my own.

Oven Roasted Cashews

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Cashews, oh how I love thee. But I don’t love the soybean oil and other ingredients that you are often roasted in. And eating you raw just isn’t the same. So that is why I decided to roast my own cashews in coconut oil, and boy am I glad I did. This has become one of our favorite snacks and I always make sure we have them on hand. Especially since these pretty little nuts are packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and make a perfect snack for in between meals.

 

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Roasting your own cashews is super easy and these babies taste better than any store-bought cashews I’ve ever had.

First, soak your raw cashews in water and salt for an hour.

Nuts contain phytic acid and soaking them breaks the acid down, allowing for better absorption into your body. Nuts also contain high amounts of enzyme inhibitors and soaking them neutralizes the enzymes allowing for proper digestion. I also think soaking them makes them a little more crispy and delicious too.

 

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Next, drain cashews and pour 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil over top and mix until covered thoroughly.

 

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Bake at 250° for 20 minutes, remove to mix around and flip, then bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and sprinkle with salt to taste.

 

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Don’t these look tasty?

 

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Ingredients:

4 cups Raw Cashews

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

Salt to taste (I use Pink Himalayan Crystal Sea Salt)

Directions:

  1. Soak raw cashews in water with a teaspoon of salt for an hour
  2. Pre-heat oven to 250°
  3. Drain and spread onto baking sheet
  4. Pour melted coconut oil over cashews and mix until covered thoroughly
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, remove to flip and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown
  6.  Remove and sprinkle with salt to taste