- Optimum mango ripening temperature is 70-75 F. Optimum
relative humidity is 80-90%.
- Do not refrigerate the mango before it ripens.
Refrigeration interferes with the ripening process. Never freeze a
mango as freezing will stop the ripening process.
- If a ripe mango is frozen, when brought at room
temperature, tissue deterioration will be very quick.
- Mango can be refrigerated after it ripens to increase its
shelf life. However, the mango holds best at a temperature of 50-55 F.
Different ripe mangoes however respond differently to refrigeration.
Alphonso mango generally holds better and survives a few days. Fully
ripe Kesar mango however has a very high sugar content and generally
the sugar separates out from the pulp inside the mango. It is best to
refrigerate Kesar before it is fully ripe.
- Avoid moving ripe mango in and out of the refrigerator.
Ideally the ripe mango should be taken out of the refrigerator only
for consumption. Ensure that the mango does not freeze when it is in
the referigerator. Following is a picture of a cold damaged mango. The
survival of this mango is in the hands of God. Although it looks bad,
it could still taste good. But mostly, it will only achieve a fraction
of its peak aroma and flavor.
- Small black spots generally show that the mango is sweet and
has good sugar content. It is generally not an indicator of problem
with the fruit, but use your judgement to make the distinction.
- Following is a picture of a very sweet mango. The small
black spots actually indicate high sugar content, but unfortunately,
the mango caught infection at the eye. The deterioration happens
inside the tissue and there is a clear demarkation. Use the same
judgement you use to judge any other produce item when dealing with
this mango. Indian mango is extremely sweet and this whole fruit
turned black within 24 hours.
- Mango ripens well in a dark place at the proper temperature
and humidity. You can leave it in the special packing material it is
packed in, but place it in a warm place. Some people place it in a
brown bag with bananas. Bananas release gases during ripening which
accelerate the ripening process of a mango.
- MANGO NEEDS TO BREATHE as it ripens- do not choke it in
non-breathing material. Also constant poking can result in uneven
ripening of the mango as dents prevent the free flow of nutrients in
the mango which is vital for it to ripen properly.
- If conditions are such that the mango does not ripen within
7-days of arrival, this considerably increases the chance of the
mango catching infection and not ripening properly.
- We treat our mango with love and respect. By following the above common sense
directions, you can experience the heavenly taste of this fruit.
- Still why my ripe mango is better than yours- Good Karma always helps!!
- Mango is known as the king of fruits. It is regarded as the
most heavily consumed fruit in the world. It is the national fruit of
India, Pakistan and Phillipinas.
SPONGY TISSUE IN ALPHONSO MANGO
- Spongy tissue is a psychological disorder of the Alphonso
mango (and you thought only humans could be sensitive). The mango looks good from outside, but is spongy inside.
- Spongy tissue cannot be identified in an unripe mango.
However as the Alphonso ripens, the area with spongy tissue will not
ripen and will remain devoid of any nutrients- it will generally be
white and spongy, hence the name.
- We try our best to filter out the mangoes with spongy tissue
at the source, but it is still an imperfect art and mango with spongy
tissue does come through.
- Generally, if a small portion exhibits this, it can safely
be scooped away without affecting the remainder.
- Sometimes the spongy area can change color with time and
becomes black. The tissue which is good will always feel, taste and look good.
- Picture1 shows a little spongy tissue which can be safely scooped away,
Picture2 shows a spongy tissue that has become black.
Picture3 shows a full spongy tissue- nothing can be salvaged.