ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Tell If a Mango is Ripe

Updated on January 2, 2015

What is a Mango?

A mango is a delicious tropical fruit that is indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent and cultivated in tropical regions. The mango is a stone fruit and grows on trees that can grow up to 130 feet tall.

The mango is delicious as a snack on its own, in a smoothie, or it can even be used to make a delicious salsa.

Although the mango is delicious and tasty, it is still somewhat exotic to the typical shopper who may not know how to determine whether a mango is ripe or not. Don't be discouraged, simply check out these tips for how to tell whether or not a mango is ripe and you will have no worries about taking home a ripe mango the next time you are in the grocery store.

Ripe Mangoes
Ripe Mangoes | Source

How to Test If a Mango is Ripe

In order to determine whether a mango is ripe or not, you simply need to follow the "squeeze and smell" test.

Squeeze
The first step to determining whether a mango is ripe is to squeeze the mango or press your thumb into a mango. A ripe mango should be soft and give to the pressure of your squeeze. If the mango is hard, it is not ripe and will need to be ripened--don't worry, there are tips below for how to ripen a mango!

Smell
Another way to determine whether a mango is ripe is to take a whiff. A ripe mango will have a sweet smell. If the mango does not smell sweet, it is not ripe.

How to Ripen a Mango

What to do if the only mangoes at the store are not ripe but you want to enjoy the delicious tropical snack? Don't worry, there are tricks to speed up the process and a ripen a mango. In order to ripen a mango, simply store it in a paper bag at room temperature and it will ripen much quicker than if left in the refrigerator or out on its own.

How to Keep a Mango Fresh

A ripe mango will stay fresh longer if stored in the refrigerator A mango will also taste sweeter if it is cold rather than room temperature.

How to Cut a Mango

How to Dice a Mango

  1. Wash the mango and leave on the peel.
  2. Cut the mango lengthwise into three pieces, making room for the thin seed in the middle of the mango.
  3. Take the two "cheeks" (the pieces with the rounder, peel not the middle with the seed) and cut parallel lines in a checkerboard fashion being careful not to cut the skin.
  4. Either scoop the diced mango out with a spoon or push the peel up so that the mango cheek can lie flat and slice the diced mango off of the peel.

How to Cut a Mango

Or make cutting a mango even easier with a mango slicer!

How to Eat a Mango

© 2013 Maya Frances

Do you like mangoes? What is your favorite way to eat a mango?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)