Save yourself from biting into a mango that isn’t ready to be eaten. Learn exactly how to tell if your mangoes are ripe!
Types Of Mango & Signs Of Ripeness
To tell if a mango is ripe, look for heftier examples with firm skin which gives a little when gently pressed—similar to a ripe peach or avocado.
A mango’s color doesn’t dictate its ripeness; instead, focus on its feel and smell. A mango is ripe when it’s extremely fragrant and oozes sap without prodding.
Tommy Atkins mangoes, the most common variety in the U.S., have a tart and mildly piquant quality, making them a fantastic choice for salsas, grilling, or salads.
For juicing and drying, aromatic Kent mangoes are your go-to. The Ataulfo mango—also called the honey mango, yellow mango, baby mango, or champagne mango—is known for its rich, creamy, and ridiculously sweet flesh.
Look for an Ataulfo if you’re making paletas, smoothies, or our icy-sweet mango-orange granita (it’s bound to cool you down on even the hottest of beach days).
Keeping Mangoes Ripe
If you find perfectly ripe mangoes, use them quickly, or store them up to 5 days in the fridge to slow the ripening process.
For not-so-ripe mangoes, sit them at room temperature until ripe, or speed up the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag with a banana or apple. You’ll have sweet, ripe mangoes in 1-2 days.
Sliced mango can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for several days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months for your future smoothie needs.
Benefits Of Eating Mangoes
Mangoes are not only absolutely mouth-watering, but they are also packed with tons of health benefits. Mango has the ability to fight cancer, fight diabetes, and help improve digestion. As we age, our bodies can get into a funk, so it’s important to pay attention to the way we feel and the way we look. Luckily, mango also is a skin cleanser and can even help improve eyesight.
A mother can safely consume both ripe and unripe mangoes. While ripe mangoes increase appetite, aid digestion, and enhance complexion, unripe ones are packed with vitamins, reduce morning sickness, heal constipation, and combat acidity.
If you are a fan of mango desserts, try making homemade summery, sweet, mango dishes. However, always watch out for added sugars and calories that come in the form of sweeteners and cream in readymade, store-bought ones. Some other delectable ways of relishing this fruit are mango papad or candies, pickles, and squash.