How to Choose a Mango

Learn how to judge ripeness, so you can always use the perfect mango in your dish

To get the most from your mango adventures, you'll want to know how to choose, ripen, and store your mangos once you get them home. The first step is choosing a great mango. You'll want to choose a mango based on its firmness and when you plan to eat it.

Selecting Mangos

  • Don't focus on color. It is not the best indicator of ripeness.
  • Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will give slightly.
  • Use your experience with produce such as peaches or avocados, which also become softer as they ripen.
  • Ripe mangos will sometimes have a fruity aroma at their stem ends.
  • The red color that appears on some varieties is not an indicator of ripeness. Always judge by feel.

Ripening & Storing Mangos

  • Keep unripe mangos at room temperature. Mangos shouldn’t be refrigerated before they are ripe.
  • Mangos will continue to ripen at room temperature, becoming sweeter and softer over several days.
  • To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature.
  • 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 may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to six months.

Handling & Cutting Mangos

  • Always use a clean knife and cutting board to cut a mango.
  • If you have handled or cut any type of meat or seafood, ALWAYS sanitize your hands, work area, utensils and cutting board before handling or cutting any fruits or vegetables, including mangos.
  • Always wash mangos before cutting.
  • For step-by-step cutting instructions watch our video on how to cut a mango.

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