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How to Ripen Mangoes

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Originally grown in South Asia, mangoes are versatile fruit that are now raised in tropical zones, such as South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. You can eat mangoes on their own, or can include them in salsas, salads, smoothies or a variety of other dishes. Mangoes are rich in fiber, potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and C. The enzymes in the fruit may act as digestive aids. Mangoes come in shades of green, red or yellow. Although some people eat unripe mangoes, which are tart in flavour, the fruit is sweeter when ripened. Use these tips to ripen mangoes.

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To ripen mangoes, wrap them in a brown paper bag and leave them overnight, which will speed up the ripening process. You can also add an apple or banana to the bag to make the mangoes ripen even faster. If you don't have a paper bag, try submerging the mangoes in a bowl of uncooked rice or popcorn kernels overnight, which will also help them ripen sooner. If you're not in a rush, leave the mangoes out on a counter at room temperature and wait a few days for them to ripen!


Ripening the Mango

  1. Ripen the mango in a paper bag or newspaper.Leave the bag of mangos on the kitchen counter overnight and check for ripeness in the morning. Mangos wrapped in a paper bag will release ethylene, which is an odourless gas that speeds up the ripening process.Remove and use the mango when it gives off a fruity scent and yields to soft pressure, usually about a day (or less).
    • Alternatively, you could try ripening the mangoes by covering them with onions and hay in a warm place; this method of ripening was used for ages in India.
    • When wrapping mangos in a paper bag or newspaper, be sure not to close the bag completely. Some air and gas needs to escape or mold and mildew might start to form.
    • Add an apple or banana to the bag to speed up the ripening even more. Adding more ethylene-emitting fruits will increase the ethylene in the bag, giving you an even juicier mango all the quicker.
  2. Submerge the mango in a bowl of uncooked rice or popcorn kernels.This old wives trick hails from India, where industrious moms hid unripe mangos in bags of uncooked rice to speed up the ripening. In Mexico, the trick is much the same, except with uncooked popcorn kernels instead of rice. The ingredients are different, but the process and the results are the same: Instead of waiting three days for your mangos to ripenau naturel, they should be ripe within a day or two, maybe even less.
    • The reason behind the ripening here is the same as the paper bag method: Rice or popcorn helps trap ethylene gas around the mango, resulting in a much faster ripening process.
    • In fact, this method is so effective that you sometimes riskoverripening the mango. Check every 6 or 12 hours for doneness. As long as you don't forget the mango inside the bowl of rice, you should have a wonderfully ripe mango at your disposal.
  3. Set the unripe mango on the kitchen counter at room temperature.You only need time and patience for this method. Mangos, like other fruits, may take several days to ripen, but this is the most natural way of getting your mango plump, juicy, and ready to eat. Use the mango when it is soft to the touch and has a strong fruity smell.

Determining Ripeness

  1. Smell the mango for the most reliable results.Sniff the stem end of the mango. If it has a heavy, fruity, almost musky odour, it is ripe. It you're struggling to find an aroma, chances are your mango isn't quite there yet.
  2. Squeeze the mango gently after you've sniffed.Press the mango gently. If it is soft and gives slightly, it is ripe. A ripe mango feels similar to a ripe peach or ripe avocado. If the mango feels firm and unyielding, it is still unripe.
  3. Don't rely on colour to judge the ripeness of a mango.Although most ripe mangos will also feature rich reds and burnt yellows more than soft greens, ripe mangos are notalwaysred and yellow.So forget the look of mangos when determining ripeness. Instead, use smell and softness as your guide.
  4. Don't be scared away by a few black spots on the surface of the mango skin.Some people are scared away by mangos that have a few splotchy, black blemishes on them. These blemishes usually indicate the beginning of the end for mangos. While mangos are notoriously susceptible to spoilage, black blotches don't necessarily mean the mango is bad. In fact, it may mean the mango has more sugar content.
    • If the black spots are especially soft, cut the mango open and look for translucent fruit. This is a sign of spoilage, and these mangos should be thrown away.
    • Use your senses if the mango in question has a few black spots: If it doesn't give too much, has a pleasant smell, and the skin is otherwise taut and richly-coloured, give the mango a go.

Storing the Mango

  1. Place the whole mango in the refrigerator when it has ripened.No wrap or container is necessary to store the mango in the refrigerator. Keeping the mango in the refrigerator will slow down the speed at which the mango continues to ripen. Keep a whole ripe mango in the refrigerator for as long as five days.
    • Never store a mango in the refrigerator before it has ripened. Like all tropical fruits, mangos should not be stored in the fridge before they are ripe, as their fruit might be damaged by the cold temperature and the refrigeration will halt the ripening process.

Mango Varieties

Variety Appearance Flavour

One of the more popular types of mango, the Haden has smooth skin and the shape of kidney bean

Full, sweet flavor

Van Dyke

Popular throughout Europe, the Van Dyke is smaller and has a small nipple on the tip of the fruit

Slightly spicy, not as rich as the prototypical mango


Large and heavy, this mango cultivar can weigh as much as 1 and 1/4 pounds (.5 kg)

Very tropical flavor


Slightly oblong, almost resembling a cashew

Sweet, buttery, slightly acidic; the "champagne" of mangos

Tommy Atkins

Bright, deep skin; shaped like a Haden

Not as sweet as Haden, with medium fiber

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I peel mangoes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use a vegetable peeler. It peels the skin really closely so that none of the mango goes to waste.
  • Question
    Where can I get really sweet mangoes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to Indian/Pakistani stores and look for the ones imported from either of those countries. They are by far the sweetest mangoes I've ever had.
  • Question
    How do I improve my mango tree that I recently planted?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Only water your mango tree if it has gone a long time without water; over-watering your tree isn't good. Also, be sure to cover your tree if it gets cold enough to frost outside as that can also damage the plant.
  • Question
    Can I stop a mango from ripening by cutting a piece off the top?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you want to stop a mango from ripening, put it in the fridge. You can also cut it up and freeze it.
  • Question
    I cut up a mango before it was ripe. How do I ripen the slices?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Mango will not ripen once sliced into pieces. You have to cut up fruit that is already ripe. Determining if fruit is ripe or not is a skill worth cultivating.
  • Question
    What is the ideal temperature at which mangoes will ripen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Room temperature is the ideal temperature for mangoes to ripen.
  • Question
    I purchased an already cut-up mango in a container. The pieces are very hard. Will it ripen? How?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes but you have to add honey water. Just enough that the mango may absorb enough to transfer around. The sweeter the honey water, the better. Warm the honey water up and pour over seal it up and in the next day or two, it will be good to go.
  • Question
    I purchased some mangoes that were already cut, and some of them are not ripe enough. Will they ripen more if I leave them in the container at room temperature?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Once a mango is cut up, it does not continue to ripen. To ensure as much of the mango can be consumed as possible, the fruit must be fully ripe before being cut.
  • Question
    How do I slow the ripening of mangoes so I can keep them longer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Put them in the fridge. Although this does not massively extend the shelf life of mangoes, it will allow them to keep a couple extra days.
  • Question
    How effective is ethylene chamber ripening? How do I differentiate between naturally ripened and artificially ripened mangoes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It's not very effective. It halts ripening and the mangoes will rot sooner. A mango is naturally ripened when it does not smell like gas. Try to buy Florida or California mangoes.
Unanswered Questions
  • Which enzyme is present in mango that make mango ripe?
  • Which month is the right time for plucking raw mango to put for ripening?
  • If I put warm honey water over a peeled and cut up mango in an air tight container, how long will it take to ripen in the fridge?
  • Can I put the mangoes in a jute bag for natural ripening?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using controlled ethylene to ripen mangos?
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  • The colour of the mango is not a reliable indicator of how ripe the mango is. Use smell and softness to determine a mango's ripeness.
  • The inside fruit of football-shaped mangoes tends to be less stringy in texture than mangoes that have a flatter, thinner shape.


  • Do not store unripe mangoes in the refrigerator. Unripe mangoes will not ripen in the refrigerator's cold environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Mango
  • Paper bag
  • Apple
  • Airtight container
  • Refrigerator

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Daniel Reinisch

Sep 29, 2019

"We didn't know about the "submerge the mango in rice" technique, and not only are we trying it to ripenour delicious mango quicker, but we learned some fun science about natural ethylene gas! We will try to write again to say how the mango turned out. A great father and daughter fun thing."

Toni Phillips

May 1, 2019

"I love mangoes, but didn't like buying them because it was hard for me to judge in the store if they were ripe orhow to help ripen them. This article was awesome in helping me to do both things. Now I shall buy mangoes when in season all the time! Thank you kindly!"
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Anita Ruthman

Jun 6, 2019

"I will try putting the unripe mango pieces in honey water and see what happens. I never would have thought of that.I guess I'll leave this on the counter since it did not say where to put the mango while the "magic" is happening."

Maurice Howell

Aug 21, 2019

"This was a very insightful article that covered different ways to ripen a mango. I learned about the rice/popcornkernels ripening methods, and about how long to ideally keep a mango in a refrigerator/freezer after it is ripe."

Julie Mendoza

Jul 11, 2019

"Received a large bag of mangoes as a gift and thanks to your good info I didn't lose even one. When they were ripeI stored in the refrigerator we enjoyed a week of wonderful mango recipes. Thank you!"
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Jul 25, 2019

"I, too, bought some already-cut, hard mango spears and am going to try putting some cut apple slices in with themango spears. Thanks and God bless."

Becky Carpenter

May 28, 2019

"I don't like the taste of mangos, but my husband loves them. I am trying to learn more about this fruit so I mayhave better tasting mangos for him."

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Jul 29, 2019

"A good solution. Just three days before our holiday, we plucked all our mangoes. When returning home, we will stillenjoy them. Thanks a lot."
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Oct 4, 2019

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May 11, 2019

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"I'm going to do it. I always have paper bags. So simple."

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"The article informed me about how to ripen my mangoes."

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Jun 23, 2019

"Thanks, now I don't have to eat unripe mango."

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Sep 22, 2019

"Room temp works fine, will take several days."

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