Mangoes are one of the most delicious fruits out there, but it can be a challenge to know when they are ripe. With that in mind, today we offer a quick guide to the different ways to tell when a mango is ripe. Keep reading to learn more!
The color of a mango tells a lot about its ripeness. A ripe mango is yellow, red, or orange, depending on the specific cultivar. If the mango is still green, then it’s unripe.
Check for Softness
Ripe mangoes should be soft, but not too soft. To check for softness, gently press the fruit’s skin with your finger.
A ripe mango will have some give, but it should not be mushy. If the mango is still hard, then it’s not ripe yet. If it’s too mushy, then it’s overripe.
Another easy way to tell if a mango is ripe is to smell it.
A ripe mango will have a sweet, fruity aroma, especially around the stem. If a mango doesn’t have any scent, then it’s not ripe yet.
It’s also essential to look at the skin texture to know if a mango is ripe.
A ripe mango will have a smooth skin free of bruises. Avoid mangos whose skin has blemishes or looks wrinkled.
Wrapping It Up
Knowing how to tell if a mango is ripe is essential to enjoy this delicious fruit at its best.
You can check for the color, softness, smell, texture of the fruit to determine if it’s ripe. The best is to buy ripe mangoes, but if you get an unripe one, don’t worry: unlike other fruits, mangoes continue to ripen after picking them.
To speed up the ripening process, place your mangoes in a paper bag at room temperature. And remember: you’re not supposed to refrigerate mangoes before they are ripe.
To learn more about this topic, check out our previous post, “How To Tell if a Pineapple Is Ripe?”
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