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This Vitamin-Packed Fruit Will Be Back on Grocery Shelves Soon

There's more than 150% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C in just one.

Vitamin C is packed with inflammation-fighting antioxidants that help reduce harmful free-radicals in the body while supporting the immune system. Many of us know that oranges are packed in the virus-fighting vitamin, but others may not be attuned to the other citrus fruit in the supermarket that boasts even more of the stuff.

The daily recommended value of vitamin C is 90 milligrams, per the National Institutes of Health. And while a few different fruits have significant amounts of it, there's one you may not have seen in the grocery store this year—but it will return by January 2021. Introducing: the Sumo Citrus fruit.

Just one Sumo Citrus provides 163% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C you need, in addition to three grams of fiber. Soon, this year's harvest of the fruit will be available in supermarkets all across the country, the company recently announced. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.)

Although it looks like an orange, the Sumo Citrus is known for the knot on the very top of it that surrounds the stem. The fruit was first grown in Japan in the 1970s and is a hybrid of Pomelo, Naval, and Mandarin Oranges. It is seedless, juicy but not messy, easy to peel, and tastes very sweet. Farms in California grow the fruit from May through December, making it only available in stores from January through April.

Sumo Citrus
Courtesy of Sumo Citrus

Of course, there are also other fruits and vegetables that contain high concentrations of vitamin C, and experts say that eating these whole foods is better than taking a supplement. Eating a diet rich in strawberries, red bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, cooked cabbage, and, of course, the Sumo Citrus is a great way to give your immune system a boost. It even has been proven to help reduce respiratory tract infections, Harvard Health says, and COVID-19 is a respiratory disease.

As we wait to buy the highly anticipated fruit, here are 9 Immune-Boosting Cocktails That Pack Vitamins and Antioxidants to get us through the holiday season.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more