Mango Selection Tips

Ask yourself this: Do I want to eat it now, or later? 

Pick riper fruit now if you plan to consume in the near future, or firmer fruit to enjoy it in a few days. Here are some tips to help you select the mango that is right for you:

The best way to gauge ripeness is to give the mango a soft and gentle squeeze.  Use the same judgement you would to gauge the ripeness of a peach or an avocado, simply apply gentle pressure to see how soft the fruit is.

Firm = Not Ripe

  • If your mango is hard as a rock when you apply gentle pressure, it is a sign it is not ready yet.
  • Allow firm fruit to ripen at room temperature, not in the fridge.
  • To speed up ripening, place the mango in a sealed paper or plastic bag with another mango or an ethylene-producing fruit (e.g. avocados, tomatoes) at room temperature. The gas will allow the fruit to ripen faster, naturally.

Soft = Ripe

  • Champagne® mangos turn a deep golden yellow when fully ripe, though not all varieties change color.
  • Some varieties remain green when ripe, so do a gentle squeeze test to determine ripeness.  Just don’t squeeze too hard or you’ll damage the fruit.
  • Mangos are usually very sweet and fully ripe when their skin starts to show signs of shriveling.

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  • Every time you see the Ripe On! logo on your favorite Ciruli Brothers mango, you can rest assured you are getting specially selected, ripe and ready-to-eat fruit.
  • These mangos are guaranteed to be soft, juicy and ready to eat, right now. No need to refrigerate!

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We hope these mango selection tips were useful.  You might also be interested in learning how to ripen mangos at home.

Varieties image provided courtesy of the National Mango Board. All rights reserved.