View Full Version : Those darn mangoes
12-17-2002, 09:20 AM
I just love the taste of mangoes, but whenever I buy them and try to cut them, it's a disaster. More often than not, they don't appear to be ripe at all, and I have to toss them. I have a hard time judging when they are ripe. Sometimes I wait a fairly long time, so long that the outside seems beyond ripe (not good) but the inside is still hard as a rock and not ripe. What gives? Is this a problem due to when/ how the fruit was harvested, or am I just a mango moron? :( Does anyone else have trouble with them? Any helpful advice? I'm craving mango salsa and mango smoothies, but fear I will never be able to make these on my own!
12-17-2002, 09:28 AM
I've had wonderful mangoes and more than my share of wretched ones. I think it has to do with the type, when they were picked etc. you can buy a five mangoes and 1-2 will be great and the others awful, while ripening all together in the same bowl. I've had the best luck with mangoes from costco (packed in a box) they don't get all banged up. I think mangoes are like most fruit. if it's picked too early it will never ripen right. and to ship it they need to pick them early. I had the best mangoes in the world in hawaii where there was a tree outside & we picked them and ate them.
12-17-2002, 09:51 AM
I have to preface this by saying there is one fruit, and it's either a Mango or a Papaya that I loathe the taste of but I haven't figured out which one it is! lol. I am DEFINITELY a 'Mango Moron'. I wonder if your problem stems from it being a tropical fruit and by the time it gets to you in Chicago the mangoes in your market are not always at optimal freshness. I think it's as Valerie said, they don't always time the picking/shipping correctly. Living in Saudi Arabia where there is very little arable land therefore most all the produce is imported I run into this problem a lot, not with mangoes but with most everything. I love fruit so much and spend a small fortune on it and am constantly being disappointed when I bite into something and find it to be dry or mushy or something else. No advice to offer here I'm afraid....maybe you could move to Hawaii? :D
12-17-2002, 09:55 AM
Well, at least I feel better about my capabilities in the kitchen! And maybe I can't move to Hawaii, but perhaps a tropical vacation is in order to get my cravings satisfied! :D Thanks for your advice!!
12-17-2002, 10:35 AM
I select mangoes the way I do melons--ripe ones have a mango smell and yield a little to a poke. If you pick them from the tree, a ripe mango spurts out a little sap at the stem end. Sometimes in the supermarket you can see the dried sap near the stem end.
Store unripe mangoes on the kitchen counter, not in the sun and definitely not in the fridge. If you put them in a basket with bananas or apples it helps them ripen faster.
They have a flat seed in the middle. Cut along the sides of the seed and cross hatch the fruit. Then turn it inside out and you get a little raised checkerboard of yummy fruit.
Any mangoes you're buying in December are going to be from someplace far far away and probably were picked way too green to ever ripen properly. Buy them in the summertime where you can get mangoes that were grown in Florida or California.
12-17-2002, 11:07 AM
Yeah, miami, that's another thing. good mangoes are most available when all the other good fruit is! so it's either feast or famine. I like mangoes when they feel like a ripe avocado, give just a little with pressure. there is a type called honey mango that is smaller and flatter shaped that are very good. I don't remember when they are available but it seems to me sometime in winter.
12-17-2002, 02:04 PM
One more thing, although all the advice is good, there is also such a thing as a Ataulfo Mango which is slightly different shape. And they grow in Mexico and can be ripe now. Here's a great website all about Mangos:
12-17-2002, 02:24 PM
After living in Hawaii, I learned a thing or two about mangos.
1. for smoothies or sauces, use mango puree.
2. use a veggie peeler to remove skin. If the skin isnt firm enough to use a peeler on, it is too mushy to taste good.
If it doesnt smell like mango, it wont taste like on either!
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