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Mango is a delicious tropical fruit. Mangoes are very sweet, juicy and super yummy! However, mangoes are only sweet and juicy when they are ripe. If you ever tried a mango that was not sweet and not juicy, you have eaten an unripe mango! Mangoes that are not ripe taste like cardboard – they are tough and lacking in flavor.
In order to enjoy a mango, you have to make sure the mango is ripe before eating it. So how do you tell when a mango is ripe?
To tell if a mango is ripe, give it a gentle squeeze on the sides. If it’s ripe, it should give a little bit under your fingers. Checking if the mango is ripe works the same when as telling if an avocado is ripe. If the mango feels rock-hard under your fingers, it is not ripe! Rock-hard mangoes are not ready for eating!
When you gently squeeze a ripe mango, you should feel like your efforts are not futile – the mango should feel somewhat soft. Not soft to the point so your fingers end up inside the mango – that would mean a spoiled mango :) Just a little bit soft – just not rock hard. If a mango feels soft inside, it is ripe and ready to be eaten.
If a mango is rock-hard, leave it on the counter. The good news is that mangoes ripen on the counter in a few days. Just leave an upripe mango on the counter and check it after 2 days. If it’s still rock-hard, check the next day. Keep checking every day until you feel that the mango has gotten softer. Don’t forget about your mango on the counter – it can go from rock-hard to spoiled before you know it :) Catch it when it becomes ripe and eat it all up!
Using this strategy, you’ll always pick the yummy ripe mangoes. No more getting tricked by the mangoes – you know know exactly how they should feel when they are ready to be eaten. Enjoy the yummy ripe mangoes!