How to select and store mangoes

 How to choose the perfect mango

First, weight the mangoes and choose one that is heavy for its size.  Then look at its shape. You want a plump mango, not a flat one that could be stringy. You should smell a fruity aroma when held near your nose.

When choosing a mango, don’t focus on color, always judge by feel. The redness you’ll see on some varieties is not a good indication of ripeness. A ripe mango has a yielding but not mushy flesh.

Ripening and storing mangoes 

Most of the mangoes you’ll buy from the store will be hard and unripe. They must be fully ripen before eating, or you’ll get a bland taste. 

Keep unripe mango at room temperature, it will turn soft and sweet in a few days. If you want to speed up the process you can place your mango in a paper bag, still at room temperature.

Once your mango is ripen, place it in the fridge. Whole mangoes can last up to 5 days. You can keep peeled and cubed mangoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days, and up to 6 months in the freezer.

Recipes using mangoes

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  1. I have three unripened mangoes and when ripe, what do you suggest I do with the three, to enjoy them at the same time? Thanks in advance.

      1. hi ,
        how can i keep uncut mangoes fresh for long time, as i need to keep those for 15 to 25 days. can you suggest me some remedies for that.

        1. HI Faiz! How ripe are your mangoes? Once ripe, mangos should be moved to the refrigerator, which will slow down the ripening process. Whole, ripe mangos may be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator. Mangos can be peeled, cubed, and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to six months.

  2. Finally a real person who has eaten a mango. I have never tasted mango but, recently purchased some at grocery. I hope they are as wonderful as people say.

    1. Hi Gwen. Hm, good question…I don’t have a mango tree. I buy mine at the store. From what I have read, fresh mangoes should not turn brown unless they are rotten or spoiled. Hope this helps.

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