Finding Ripe Mangos

I am a homemaker for elderly people: housecleaning, shopping, etc. I have a client that likes mango's and I need to know how to tell when they are ripe? I have no idea, as I don't eat or use them. Thank in advance for help on this. I want to make sure I get her the ripest one I can for her.


jmz2005 from Illinois

April 9, 20070 found this helpful

It is the same as a pear, avocado, or peach. Gently press your fingertips into the fruit. If it is rock hard, it is not ready yet. If it is too soft, it is too ripe. Feel a lot of them with your fingertips. After a few you should notice the difference between too squishy and too hard. You want the ones that are inbetween the two. Just takes a little practice. If you are still unsure, get the one that is a little harder because it will ripen at home and your client can eat it when it is ready, rather than getting one that is too squishy. Hope this helps :)

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April 9, 20070 found this helpful

I always pick the ones with the most red color and slight soft to touch.""

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April 9, 20070 found this helpful


I live in Thailand where I have a farm and grow mango's. On the tree they are initially all green and hard [many people here like them like this as they make a salad of them with salt, vinegar and chilee's]. As the fruit ripens it turns to a golden/orange colour and is a little soft to the touch. I would imagine that most of the mango's you find in the States are imported. This means they would be shipped green and ripen during shipment. Not so good but OK. Buy ones which look good [ie Golden/orange/yellow] and not too soft [they will soften more with keeping to a point that they are too "ripe"].

Although I should support Thai mango's I actually think the best ones come from India [there are many different varieties].

Hope this helps


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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you so much for the help and advise with this. It really helps.

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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with all the postings only to add that they also smell ripe! Just as a melon or a pineapple smells ripe a mango smells too. I always pick up and smell my fruit at the store. Seems silly but I rarely get bad fruit. Good luck!

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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

I usually smell them. Ripe mangoes could be used as perfume, they smell so good!

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April 15, 20070 found this helpful

I just think it was so sweet of you to ask, going the

extra step to help someone!

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