Mangoes taste best ripe -- and they develop quickly. You can tell a mango is ripe when the fruit’s flesh is soft like a ripe peach. Coloring is not a certain indicator of ripeness, however, according to the Cookthink website, most varieties turn a yellow shade when ripe. A mango develops a strong, fruity smell when it is ready to be eaten.
Things You'll Need
- Paper bag
- Piece of fruit
Allow the mango to sit at a mild room temperature until its consistency becomes softer but not spongy to the touch.
Place an unripe mango with a second fruit, such as an apple, banana or another mango, in a paper bag. The mango will ripen overnight. The ethylene gas the fruit emits speeds the process.
Set a mango in a tray with the stem end facing downward. Protect the fruit against shriveling by putting a damp washcloth over the fruit as it ripens.