Mangos are absolutely delicious eaten on their own or as an ingredient in mango salsa or dessert. But with their multi-colored skins, it can be a bit confusing to tell if they’re ripe or not. This guide will help you figure out what to look for the next time you’re mango shopping.
Any Color Goes
Like we mentioned above, mangoes range in color from red to orange to yellow to green—often all on one mango! A mango can be completely green and still be ripe, so don’t pay too much attention to color when choosing your mango.
Give It a Squeeze
The best way to tell how ripe a mango is—is through touch. Give your mango a gentle squeeze. It should give slightly, but not feel too mushy. The ideal texture is sort of like a peach.
Take a Whiff
Another way to tell that a mango is ripe is by smell. Ripe mangoes will give off a scent right by their stem of, well, sweet fruit.
And never fear, if you accidentally buy a mango that isn’t quite ripe yet, just wrap it up in a plastic bag and place it on the counter. It should get ripe in a couple of days. Enjoy!