In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How to tell if a mango is bad?’. We will explore the symbols and signs that indicate if the mango is under or overripe.
How to tell if a Mango is Bad?
Mangoes that are ripe and edible have a fruity aroma and color that is yellow or reddish. When you touch a ripe mango, it is firm and soft.
Mango is a climacteric fruit. It will ripen quickly after you get it home. However, this quick ripening process means that it spoils as fast as well.
The exotic fruit comes in plenty of varieties. The different mango varieties have an array of fiber, sugar, and nutritional content.
The sugars present in mango are; sucrose or table sugar, glucose or digestible sugar, and fructose or natural fruit sugar. The three sugars make mango sweeter than any other fruit.
What makes mango such an extraordinary fruit?
The exocarp (rind) of the fruit can be yellow, red, and even green. Mangoes are rich in vitamin C, B Carotene, and dietary fiber.
Vitamin C provides immunity to the body to fight against infections. B-carotene is an antioxidant that protects against skin cancer and also boosts immunity. dietary fibers help to maintain healthy bowels.
An antioxidant called zeaxanthin protects against macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is an age-related eye condition.
It also has vitamin A that is good for eyes, skin, and hair alike. Vitamin A synthesizes the proteins that develop your skin and hair.
In general, mangoes make you beautiful, manages your weight, and improves digestion.
Mango also has minerals such as magnesium and potassium that are good for the heart. It also reduces fatty acids, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
The health benefits of mangoes are extraordinary. To top it off, it is delicious and appeals to everyone’s taste buds. The sweet and creamy taste is unique to the mango. It is also versatile and can be eaten and prepared in plenty of ways.
Is your mango ripe?
A ripe mango has a healthy, shiny coat but, unripe mango is green. A green fruit indicates that it is unripe. However, some varieties of mangoes are green that does not change color when ripe.
A ripe mango smells sweet. If it is unripe, it will smell nowhere sweet. You will smell nothing or maybe an earthy note.
If it is hard and is lightweight, it is unripe. A ripe mango must be gentle to the touch and slightly heavy.
You can ripen your mangoes by putting them in a paper bag and a warm place. The ripening gas that is called ethylene is released rapidly in mangoes. When you enclose the fruit in a bag, you prevent the ethylene from escaping, and in turn, speed up the ripening process.
Has your mango gone bad?
When you touch it, it must not feel mushy. If it presses easily and is squishy, the mango is past its prime. The difference between an unhealthy mushy texture and tenderly soft is significant. Even if you are new to the territory, you can tell each of the textural differences apart.
Also, if it has sunken black patches, it indicates mold. A few black dots and scars are ordinary. If the bruises and marks are too obvious, the mango might not be edible.
When a spoilt mango is cut open, it smells sharp and acidic. The flesh will be mushy that easily disintegrates. When you cut a ripe mango, it stays firm and intact. Bad mangoes, on the other, sometimes do not keep their shape.
Sometimes there will be oozing liquid coming out from the mango. The liquid is sap and does not denote anything about the ripeness of the mango. The sticky liquid does not make the mango inedible.
Mangoes last for 5 days or shorter, depending on your local climate and weather conditions.
How to store mangoes?
Keep your mangoes at room temperature; if they are ripe and you intend to eat them soon. If you want to delay eating them, you must refrigerate; otherwise, you risk letting the mangoes spoil.
If the mangoes are under-ripe denoted by tough exterior and non-succulence, it needs to be left at room temperature or above. If you refrigerate, you delay the ripening process. Mangoes do ripen after being cut off from the tree but need warm temperatures.
If your fruit is cut up, you can store it in the fridge. Put the pieces in an air-tight jar and place them deep inside the refrigerator compartment. If it develops a slimy layer, a mushy texture, or an off-odor, it indicates spoilage.
In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How to tell if a mango is bad?’. We explored the symbols and signs that indicate if the mango is under or overripe. We also looked at ways to store mangoes properly.