What is a Sumo Orange?
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- A hybrid orange of Japanese origin
- One of the largest Mandarins available
- Recognized by a top knot-type bump on its head
- Thick, easy-to-peel skin and candy sweet taste with more concentrated citrus flavor than a standard orange
- Contain 160 percent of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake
- Great for cold prevention
- We source our Sumo Oranges from our friends at Melissa’s Produce.
Sumo Orange Recipe Inspiration
Vegan Orange Tofu Recipe
For the Orange Sauce
- ⅓ cup orange juice, from one large sumo orange
- 1 Tbsp. orange zest
- 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup water
- 2 Tbsp. compliant ketchup (no added sugar)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Thickening Paste
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. tapioca starch or tapioca flour
For the Tofu and Optional Toppings
- 12 oz. firm tofu
- Green onion, sliced
- Sesame seeds
- ½ cup raw cashews
- Cover the tofu in towels on top of a plate, then gently place a cast iron skillet on top for 15-30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Chop the tofu into cubes.
- Place a skillet on the stove over medium heat and coat with oil.
- Cook the tofu until golden on all sides, gently flipping to ensure all sides are cooked.
- While the tofu cooks, prepare the sauce. Start by juicing the orange (I did this by hand. You don’t need a fancy juicer). You can strain the orange juice to get rid of the pulp, but it’s necessary.
- Whisk all of the remaining sauce ingredients together. Set aside. Add red pepper, if desired, for a little heat.
- Once the tofu is cooked, remove it from the skillet and set aside. Wipe out the skillet and place it back on the stove over medium-low heat.
- Add the sauce to the skillet and bring it to a simmer.
Combine 1 Tbsp. of tapioca starch or tapioca flour and 2 Tbsp. of water. Stir to form a paste, then pour the paste into the skillet, stirring immediately. Allow to simmer for a few minutes. If the paste is clumpy, turn up the heat and stir until combined.
- Once the sauce has thickened slightly, add the tofu and cashews and stir to cover each piece completely.
- Top with additional sesame seeds and green onions and serve with sautéed broccoli, rice and/or fried rice, if desired.
Note: To reheat leftovers, use a skillet on the stove instead of a microwave for best results.