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How To Tell If A Mango Is Ripe

Mangos are a tropical fruit with a great juicy sweet taste. They are great cut up as a snack, in smoothies, or in fruit salads.

You can tell if a mango is ripe by using your senses. Smell it, feel it, and look at it. When you are at the store go ahead and pick them up and look them over.

Group of mangos all together with one cut open in the front

How to tell if mangos are ripe? You can tell if mangos are ripe if they are brightly shaped footballs and by smelling them at the stem. Ripe mangos will have a sweet smell. Gently squeeze looking for a little give or softness to it.

3 ways to tell if mangos are ripe

When you are at the store looking at the mangos and feel stumped trying to tell whether they are ripe or not, know that you are not alone.

It is hard to tell just by looking at them so you will want to pick them up and smell them and feel them to be able to tell if they are ripe.

1. Smell

Give each mango a sniff right at the stem, this is where to smell will be the strongest. If they are ripe they will have a sweet, fruity smell almost like a pineapple or a cantaloupe.

You will notice they smell like they taste, so if they have a neutral smell or no smell at all they are not ripe yet

2. Feel

When you pick up a mango you will notice that they are heavier than they look or their size. You want to give a little squeeze and should feel some give if the mango is ripe.

By giving, I mean that if you push gently with your finger you will make a slight indent in the skin of the mango. This means that it will be soft and juicy which is what you want.

If it is hard and not soft at all then it is not ready and needs more time to ripen.

3. Look

A lot of people think that the colors of the mangos are indicators of ripeness. This is not true.

There are many different types and colors of mangos and the color doesn’t have anything to do with how ripe it is.

With that said, if the colors are nice and bright that is a good sign of a healthy-looking mango. whether it is red, green, yellow, or all three, bright is good.

Looking at your fruit is important. Similar posts like How to tell if a Watermelon is Ripe and How to Tell If Honeydew is Ripe will help you judge all your fruit.

How to ripen mangos

If you bought mangos that are not ripe yet and you want to speed up the process so that you can enjoy them there are a few ways to go about it.

Mangos ripen best when they are at room temperature.

Newspaper or Brown paper bag

You can wrap mangos in a newspaper or a paper bag and leave them on the counter to help them ripen faster. Ethylene is a natural gas that fruits produce which helps in the ripening process.

Placing the mangos in a paper bag or wrapping them in newspaper traps the gas and helps them to ripen quicker than if they were just on the counter.

Ethylene producing fruits

Placing unripe mangos with other fruits like bananas, apples, or pears helps mangos ripen. As I said before these fruits have off-gas ethylene which ripens them.

Placing them near other fruits will speed up the process.

Room temperature

Leaving your mangos out on the counter at room temperature will allow them to ripen. Depending on how unripe your mangos were when you bought them will determine how long you want to leave them out.

Generally, two to seven days is a good time frame to get your mangos nice and ripe. Another important fruit to make sure of is how to tell if bananas are ripe.

How to store ripe mangos

There are a few ways to store your mangos once they are ripe. Depending on when you plan to eat them will help you decide where is best for you.

Room temperature

You can store ripe mangos on the counter at room temperature if you plan to eat them within the next couple of days.

You want to make sure they are in a cool, dry place and not in direct sunlight.


If you don’t plan on eating your mangos right away you want to store them in the fridge so that the ripening process slows and they last you longer.

Mangos will last in the fridge anywhere from seven to fourteen days.


Mangos can be frozen and stored in the freezer for up to 10 months. You will want to peel and cube them and then flash and freeze them for 3-5 hours on a baking sheet.

Once they are frozen transfer them into a freezer-safe bag or container.

Another tropical fruit that is hard to know when it is ripe is the passion fruit. Learn more about how to tell when a passion fruit is ripe in this post.


After mastering the art of selecting a perfectly ripe mango by its slight give and fruity aroma, discover even more tips in our comprehensive guide on how to tell if any fruit is ripe, ensuring you always make the best choices in the produce aisle.


The skin of an overripe mango will be wrinkled and soft. The flesh of an overripe mango will be very soft and may have brown spots. The flavor of an overripe mango will be very sweet and may have a fermented taste.

Mangoes come in many different colors, but the most common color for a ripe mango is yellow. However, there are also red, green, and orange mangos. The color of a perfectly ripe mango can vary depending on the variety. Ripe mangos typically have speckles of brown, but this isn’t always an indicator that mango is ripe.

You can also smell the fruit near the stem to see if it has a sweet scent; if it does, then it’s safe to select that mango.

There are a few simple ways to tell if a mango is ripe. One way is to gently squeeze the fruit, another is to sniff the stem for a fruity aroma, and lastly, you can check the color, firmness, and smell of the mango itself.

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