How to Ripen Mangos Faster

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag

  • Piece of fruit

  • Washcloth

  • Tray

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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.

Step 1

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Allow the mango to sit at a mild room temperature until its consistency becomes softer but not spongy to the touch.

Step 2

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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.

Step 3

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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.

Tip

Mangoes grown in a greenhouse take even less time to become ripe. Do not buy mangoes that have a sour smell, as the best mangoes give off a sweet, fruity aroma.

Warning

Avoid storing mango fruit at temperatures below 50 degrees F, as it takes days from its shelf life.

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