How to Tell If a Mango is Ripe

Do you ever wonder about mango? Do you wonder about it lots? Then you should read this and find out how to deal with mangoes and feel in control of your mango.

It is a fact that some people do not know how to tell when a mango is ripe. This state of affairs must change. My goal, should I choose to accept it, and I do, is to instruct the worldwide community, and in particular, the mango-eating community, how to tell when and if a mango is ripe. 


Statistically only 1 out of every 100 people living in Belgrade, knows how to tell when a mango is ready to eat. This statistic only increases when you look at other countries–for example only one in every 1,000 people in Antarctica know when a mango is ripe. This may be because there are not even 1,000 people living in Antarctica–I’m not sure, but be that as it may, it is a bad situation. 


So let’s see. You want to buy a ripe mago. You go to the grocery store and see some sitting there, minding their own business, and you want to eat them without hurting their feelings by asking them if they are ripe or not. After all, mango have feelings too. 


Here is what you do: 


You pick one up and very gently squeeze it.  Does it scream?  If the answer is yes, then the mango is ripe to eat. If it is silent, then put it back and apologize for squeezing it. This is called mango good manners.’ 


Now that you have chosen your screaming fruit, you can purchase it knowing full-well that when you get home you can slice into that juicy fruit and dice it up good, and the more it screams the riper it is.  That’s a GOOD thing. 


So that is how to tell when a mango is ripe. 


Bon Appetite! 


le of Mangoes, shoot in Taipei, Taiwan. Two different species. The right side one being the Gold Mango. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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