When it comes to in-season spring produce, mangoes are standout superstars. This exotic fruit is sweet, fleshy and satisfying to eat on its own or as a welcome addition to recipes. You’ll find a variety of coloured mangoes (red, green and yellow) in your grocery store, but the inside is always golden and delicious.
How to tell if a mango is ripe
Since mangoes come in a variety of shades, it’s not always easy to tell if they’re ready to eat based on their colour. A mango should smell like a mango—it should have a sweet scent. And, if you gently press on the fruit, it should be a little tender. This means it’s not soft, and not firm, but it will give a little when pressed.
How to speed up the ripening process
If you purchase mangoes that are not ripe, place them in a paper bag and leave them on your counter for one or two days. Once ripened, transfer them to the refrigerator.
Try prepared mangoes in these 10 refreshing recipes:
Bruléed ginger mangoes
Smoked trout and mango bites
Thai steak salad
Shrimp, avocado and mango salad rolls
Tropical fruit and spice chicken
Mango ice cream
Instant tropical sorbet
Chia and coconut pudding with fresh mango
Originally published July 2014. Updated May 2017.
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