How to Tell If a Mango is bad? (+5 things to look for)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to Tell If a Mango is bad?”, and how to store mangoes?

How to Tell If a Mango is bad?

  1. If the mango skin has large mushy areas or sunken spots, it has gone bad.
  2. If the juice is oozing out of the damaged or cut mango skin, it needs to be discarded.
  3. If the mango develops large black spots that continue deep down, the fruit should be discarded. If the spots are small and the flesh of the fruit is firm, remove the blemished areas and eat the rest of the fruit.
  4. If you notice any signs of mold,  discard the mango immediately.

How to store mangoes?

  1. Unripe mangoes should be stored in a well-ventilated container like a paper bag or fruit basket away from heat sources like sunlight and stovetop.t the paper bag will entrap the ethylene gas inside to speed up the ripening of the mango. 
  2. Putting a fruit or a vegetable like an apple, banana, tomato, etc inside the bag will increase the concentration of ethylene gas to hasten the ripening.
  3. Ripe mangoes should be refrigerated. Refrigeration temperatures slow down the ripening process which extends the shelf-life of the fruit.
  4. In case of a cut or sliced mangos, put them in an air-tight container and store them in the fridge.

The shelf-life of mangos

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of mangos under different storage conditions.

At room temperature In the fridge 
Unripe mango 1-7 days until fully ripe 
Ripe mango2-3 days 5 days 
Cut mango 3-4 days 

The nutrition profile of a mango

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. 

Other FAQs about Mango which you may be interested in.

How to choose mango?

How to eat mango skin?

How to pick the freshest mango?

Each mango variety has a district shape, size, texture, and flavor. Consider the following factors to pick the freshest mango.


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. Flat mangoes have 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. 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.

How to ripen mangoes?

  • 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.
    The nutritional profile of a mango

Types of mangoes


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. 


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. T

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


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 mangos have creamy flesh and are available from January to March and June to August.


In this article, we answered the question “How to Tell If a Mango is bad?”, and how to store mangoes?


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.