How to Check if a Mango Is Ripe

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How to Check if a Mango Is Ripe
How to Check if a Mango Is Ripe

Aroma and texture are the two best indicators of a ripe mango. The manga's appearance can also give some clue, but it should not be considered a single credible source. Before you decide to cut that newly purchased mango, read this article and confirm that the fruit is really ripe and ready to be enjoyed.


Method 1 of 4: Analyzing Appearance

Step 1. Check the format

For most sleeves, an oval shape tends to be better than a flat shape. Taking this into account, there are some differences depending on the mango variety.

  • The Haden sleeve has a round oval shape. This variety is medium to large in size.
  • The Keit sleeve is large and oval.
  • The Tommy Atkins sleeve is oval and elongated. Its size is usually medium to large.
  • The Palmer sleeve has a more elongated appearance.

Step 2. Look around the stem

The sleeve should look voluminous around the stem.

The tip of the stalk will remain withered as long as the mango does not ripen. The husk, juice and sugars from the fruit have not yet fully developed. Once mature, this region swells from the inside and the stem becomes a little fuller

Step 3. Don't get caught up in colors

A reddish hue is usually due to the intensity of sun exposure that a mango has undergone, not having much to do with its state of ripeness or freshness. Also, the color of a ripe mango can be different depending on its variety. You should never rely on color alone to tell you whether or not a mango is ripe. Still, if you want to use color as one of the indicators, try to know the tone that each variety of fruit acquires when it ripens.

  • Haden mango changes its color from green to yellow as it ripens. This variety also tends to be reddish, although it does not guarantee that it is ripe.
  • Keit mango remains green even after ripe.
  • Tommy Atkins mango does not help much in coloring to determine if it is ripe. Its bark may remain yellow-green, turn a little golden, or develop a dark red hue.
  • The Palmer mango can vary in color usually between purple, red, yellow or a mixture of all three.

Step 4. Notice the blemishes

Although not a 100% safe indicator, when a mango has small brown spots, it tends to be ripe.

  • A mango without these spots can still be ripe, depending on the variety. Spots should not be considered as the only indicator.
  • Some mango varieties may develop specks of yellow instead of brown.

Method 2 of 4: Checking the Aroma

Step 1. Choose a sweet-scented mango

Take a good sniff of the mango right around the stem region. If it has a fruity aroma, very sweet, chances are good that it is already fully ripe.

  • Smell the mango in the stem region. The smell is usually stronger in that region and will give you a better idea of ​​the fruit's aroma.
  • The smell should resemble the flavor of the mango. The senses of smell and taste are closely intertwined and how something smells will tell you a lot about how it tastes.

Step 2. Avoid a sour or alcoholic scented mango

If you sniff the mango in the stem region and smell a strong bitter aroma, it's a sign that it's past the point and is starting to spoil.

Mango has a very high sugar concentration compared to other fruits. When they start to spoil, they actually start a natural fermentation process. This explains the sour filling, which resembles the odor of alcohol, and also means that its taste will be just as unpleasant

Method 3 of 4: Analyzing by Touch

Step 1. Carefully tighten the sleeve

When pressing the sides of a sleeve, you should feel its peel and save it from sagging a bit. A ripe mango should be soft.

  • A mango that doesn't sag or looks rock-hard will take time to ripen.
  • Keep in mind, however, that the sleeve should not be too soft or spongy. If your fingers pierce the sleeve when you apply a little force, the fruit is probably overcooked.
  • To avoid accidentally spoiling the fruit, press with the palm of your hand instead of your fingers. Hold the mango in the palm of your hand and close it around the fruit.

Step 2. Feel the shell

Rub your fingertips over the surface of the sleeve. Some mangoes have small wrinkles when ripe.

  • Note, however, that the lack of these wrinkles does not necessarily mean the sleeve is green.
  • If deeper wrinkles cover much of the fruit's rind, it's probably gone.
  • Some mango varieties are especially known for being slightly wrinkled when ripe. Other varieties have less noticeable wrinkles, while there are types that keep the skin completely smooth even after they mature.

Step 3. Check the weight

Take the sleeve and feel its weight in your hands. A ripe mango is heavier than a green mango and weighs more than the appearance of its size suggests.

If you want a better reference, compare the mango you're analyzing to a visibly green fruit of the same variety. Green mango will be lighter than ripe mango, especially if they are similar in size

Method 4 of 4: Ripening a Green Mango

Step 1. Place the mango in a paper bag (like bread ones)

While not strictly necessary, placing the mangoes in a dark paper bag will speed up the ripening process.

  • Fruits naturally produce ethylene gas when they ripen. The presence of ethylene will cause the other mangoes to ripen and the paper bag will help to retain this gas.
  • Placing a banana or apple next to the mangoes can further speed up the ripening process, as these two fruits are known to produce high amounts of ethylene.

Step 2. Leave the sleeves outdoors

Analyze the mangoes every day, following the procedures mentioned above, to see when they ripen.

  • Ripening can take 2-7 days, depending on how green the mangoes were.
  • Do not store a green mango in the refrigerator. Low temperatures drastically delay the ripening process and the mango will end up spoiling before it ripens.

Step 3. Place the mango in the refrigerator, after ripe

A ripe mango should be consumed immediately or refrigerated for up to five days.

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