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Selecting Mangoes

March 4, 2011 by Dr Jain

Mangoes are grown extensively in subtropical climates. The orange flesh of Mango is not only sweet and it also adds great flavour to fruit salads, or ice cream. Those mangoes that are harvested too early contain a bitter taste while the mangoes which are too ripe have an unpleasant texture. One needs to learn to select a ripe and flavoured mango. Being one of the expensive fruits available in the market, selecting a proper mango becomes absolutely essential.

Before purchasing the mango, you should pick a mango and try gently squeezing it. You will observe that a ripe mango will yield slightly so as to release pressure from the fingers. You should tend to avoid mangoes that are too hard as it will take a long time for them to ripe.  You should avoid mangoes that are soft as they are already past their peak. You should examine the skin of Mango and it can be in any colours including green, yellow, or red colour.  Mostly mangoes will show a combination of these colours.  The colour of mango does not give any indication about its ripeness. However, some varieties of mango get yellow when they ripen.

If you see some black spots on the skin of Mango then it indicates that the fruit is already riped.  The wrinkled appearance on Mango indicates that the fruit has been harvested too early and it may not be sweet. You should try to smell the mango as ripe mangoes possess a sweet fragrance. However, you should not get carried away by its skin texture and firmness.  You should not select the mangoes that have a sour or alcoholic smell. When you purchase the mango, they would be hard and needs to be completely ripened prior to eating.  You should leave the mangoes in cool room temperature till their flesh is yielding.

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