Ripeness Guide: How spot a ripe mango

Yellow Mangos

It’s easy to know when your Champagne® mango is ripe – just look at the color! As the fruit matures, it turns from green to a deep, golden yellow (refer to the ripening guide above).  The mango will also get progressively softer as it ripens, which brings us to our next bit of advice: Not all mangos change color as they ripen, so the best way to tell if mangos are ripe is to squeeze them gently.

Red or Green Mangos

Ripe mangos feel soft when given a gentle squeeze and when a sweet, fragrant scent emanates from the stem-end of the fruit.

If your mango is rock hard when you lightly squeeze it (don’t press too hard or you’ll damage the fruit), it means it is not ripe yet. Let hard fruit sit at room temperature until it ripe/soft.  To speed up the ripening process at home, store mangos in a sealed paper bag at room temperature, preferably with another ethylene-producing fruit such as a tomato or avocado. This will help the fruit mature quicker, naturally.

Mangos may be refrigerated for a short while only after they are fully ripe to prolong shelf life, but never before. Do not refrigerate mangos for long periods or you risk damaging them from the inside. If you do, the flesh will start to turn dark brown and you will offset the flavor; this is commonly known as chilling injury.

The typical shelf life  is 7-14 days but can vary greatly, depending on storage, handling and degree of ripeness at the time of harvest.