How to pick a good mango? (+3 ways to store)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to pick a good mango?” and how to ripen mangos?

How to pick a good mango? 

Mangos have over a thousand varieties and each variety has its own distinct shape, size, taste, and flavor. One cup of peeled and cut mangos provides 99 calories, 1.4g proteins, 24.7g carbs, 0.6g fats, and 2.6g fiber. Mangos are rich in vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, and E. 

It also provides decent amounts of potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Phosphorus, calcium, selenium, and iron are present in small amounts. Following are some attributes of a perfectly ripe mango of the top varieties of mangos. These give you the know-how of what to look for in a mango while purchasing.


The mangos would be firm but should yield to gentle press. They should not have soft or mushy spots.


An ideal mango should have a fully plumped football shape. It should be round around the stem. Some brown freckles or spots on mango skin are normal. Avoid purchasing flat mangos. They have a stringy textured flesh.


Sniff the mangos near the stem. If the mangos give off a pleasant fruity and sweet smell, the mango is perfectly ripe. The smell resembles that of watermelon with hints of carrot and peaches. If the stem gives off a sour or acidic odor, the mango is overly ripe, do not invest. 


Different varieties of mangos exhibit a different color when ripe. Some varieties may look unripe because of their green color but they are fully ripe inside. So do not judge the ripeness of the mango based on color alone. Instead, learn about the mango variety and its color at maturity.

How to ripen mangos?

  • Wrap the mangos in a paper bag or a piece of newspaper to trap the Ethylene gas that will speed up the ripening at room temperature.
  • Submerge the mangos in a bowl full of uncooked rice. Keep checking the mangos after every 6 or 8 hours. It will take 1-2 days for the mangos to completely ripen.

How to store mangos?

  1. Ripe mangos have a maximum amount of sugar so the fermentation process will be rapid if you place them on the counter. Store the ripe mangos in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  2. Mangos can also be stored after peeling and cutting them into slices or cubes. Cut and peeled mangos can be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge for a week. 
  3. Keeping the cut and peeled mangos in a freezer will extend their shelf-life to about 6 months. Store in a freezer bag and label before storing.

How to cut mangos?

  1. Wash the mangos and take a sharp knife.
  2. From the stem, make a ¼ inch cut lengthwise on both sides of the pit.
  3. Lay down the cut pieces on a cutting board or plate and scoop out all the flesh. Alternatively, make vertical cuts through the mango flesh. Do not cut through the skin yet.
  4. Create a criss-cross pattern by making cuts perpendicular to the earlier cuts. Do not cut through the skin.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out the mango cubes and enjoy.

Mango varieties


They are small, oval-shaped with a lot of flesh. Fully ripe ataulfo mango has a deep gold color and may develop some wrinkles as it matures. They are very sweet and tangy with a complex flavor. The seed is small. They are available from March to July.


Haden mangos are very juicy and fibrous. They have a rich sweet taste. They are medium or large-sized and have a bright yellow rind color when mature. They are grown in Mexico and are available during April and May

Tommy Atkins

Tommy Atkins do not change color as they mature and are not very fragrant so the only way to tell if they are ripe or not is to examine the texture. These are oblong or oval-shaped and are produced in Mexico and some other regions in South America. They have a dark red rind with yellow or orange spots. They have a tangy taste and are available from March to July and from October to January.


Kent mangos are oval-shaped and have a rich sweet taste. When unripe, they appear dark green with red blush. They develop a yellow color as they mature. Kent mangoes are produced in Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. Kent mangos have a creamy flesh and are available from January to March and June to August.


In this article, we answered the question “How to pick a good mango?” and how to ripen mangos?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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