How to tell if a mango is ripe?
There are a few ways to tell if a mango is ripe:
Check the color: A ripe mango will have a yellow or red-blushed skin and will give slightly to gentle pressure. An unripe mango will be mostly green.
Smell the stem end: The stem end of a ripe mango will have a sweet aroma. An unripe mango will have no aroma or a faint, starch smell.
Check the firmness: A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch, while an unripe mango will be firm.
Observe the skin: Ripe Mangoes have small wrinkles on the skin, and unripe Mangoes are smooth
It is important to note that these characteristics can vary depending on the variety of mango and the stage of ripeness. For some mangoes, like Ataulfo, the skin may stay green even when fully ripe. Also, some mangoes will change color in some part of the skin but not in the whole surface.
Ultimately, the best way to tell if a mango is ripe is to cut it open and taste it.