10 Ways to Tell if Mango is Ripe

Selecting the right mangoes can be burdensome. There are so many varieties and features! You could end up selecting a mango that’s difficult to cut up, excessively tough, or just plain tasteless. 

But not for me, I always know the right ones, and I can almost always tell ripe ones from unripe ones. Many people have asked me how I know when a mango is ripe, and I know a few tricks that I will let you in on in this article.

10 Ways to Tell if a Mango is Ripe

Below, I have outlined ten unique signs that mangoes have to help you identify a ripe mango and an unripe one.

1. Softness

This is the first and easiest sign to detect. 

If the mango is adequately ripe to eat, it is soft. If you squeeze it gently with your fingers or clasp it in the ball of your palm, the surface of the mango yields a little, and an imprint occurs. 

Leave the hard ones for a short period before consuming.

2. The Features Stand out 

Observation will also let you know whether a mango is ripe or not. 

The edible part of the mango around the stem should appear steady and stick out, which indicates evolved juicy flesh. 

The color also will stand out in the indication. But then, the fact that ripe mangoes commonly have a more striking color doesn’t guarantee their ripeness. 

This varies from type to type, from a light or dark green to a rich reddish-orange. I’ll talk more about that later.

3. The shape

For many mango varieties, a round or football-like form is suitable over a flat one. 

Then again, particular distinctions exist between mango variations that you should be mindful of. There are numerous kinds of mangoes, and they all come in different shapes and sizes.

The Ataulfo mango has a partly flattened oval shape when it gets ripe, and this variation is also typically minimal.

The Francis mango is oval and forms a subtle s-shape when ripe. The Haden mango ranges from spherical to oval in shape, and this variation is generally medium to large.

The Keitt mango, however, is an enormous, oval-shaped species.

The Kent mango is another big-sized kind of mango that is also oval-shaped.

The Tommy Atkins mango also is oval or elliptical. In size, this variety ranges typically from moderate to huge.

The Alphonse mango has an elliptical structure.

The Edward mango could be tricky; it could come in circular and elliptical shapes. Don’t get confused.

The Kesar mango typically has a spherical structure.

The Manila mango has a significantly skinny, frail appearance.

And the Palmer mango, like the Alphonse mango, has an oval impression.

4. The color

The red color always shows how much exposure to the sun a mango has gone through, not evidence of freshness or ripeness. 

Besides, the color of a ripe mango differs based on the mango species. 

That’s why you should NOT depend only on the color in determining the ripeness of a mango, but if you wish to have color as a backup pointer, you must first recognize what specific varieties look like once they are ripe.

The color of Ataulfo mango becomes an intense, golden color when it gets ripe.

The Francis mango is a cross between green and gold colors when ripe. The green tinge of the yellow skin wane, slowly changing more into gold. Some green will persist, however.

The Haden mango changes from green to yellow once it gets ripe. This variation is more inclined to reddening, but it does not require red to be ripe.

The Keitt mango will continue to be green in color even when it gets ripe.

The Kent mango will continue to be mainly dark green, but it frequently has yellow undertones or yellow dots over numerous fractions of the mango once it ripens.

When selecting a Tommy Atkins mango, you need to look for a mango that doesn’t have bruises and has as much color as possible. Green is NOT quite ready yet, and red is excellent, but a beautiful mix of red and yellow is the best.

The Kesar mango can remain green once ripe but frequently take on a yellow tint.

The Manila mango typically has an orange-yellow color when ripe, but the skin can sometimes turn pinkish.

The Palmer mango can differ much in color, often coming out as purple, red, yellow, or a combination of the three.

5. The smell

If the fruit happens to have a sharp, fruity, sweet scent, there is a good likelihood that it has wholly ripened. 

Inhale the scent of the mango near the stem end. 

The odor will be sharpest there, and you will get a more precise impression of how the fruit smells. The smell should cue you of the way the mango tastes. 

The significance of taste and smell are almost related, and the way something smells powerfully influences its tastes. 

But then, If you inhale the scent of the mango near its stalk and perceive a solid bitter smell, this is an indication that the mango has over-ripened and is beginning to rot.

6. The Weight

Check the weight. 

Grab the mango and sense its heft in your hand. 

A ripe mango will be heavy for its size and feel more significant than an unripe mango.

If you desire an adequate weight guideline, compare the weight of a mango likely ripe with a mango you notice is unripe. 

The unripe mango should be significantly lighter than the other if ripe, mainly if both mangoes are equal in size and of the same species. 

If the two feel too related in weight, the other one is possibly unripe, as well.

7. The skin

Stroke the skin of the mango. 

Often, a ripe mango will have irregular creases around the skin.

Understand that the absence of wrinkles does NOT imply that the mango is unripe. If deep creases enclose a vast part of the surface, the mango is probably overripe and sour.

The Ataulfo mango is particularly well-known for generating creases as it ripens. 

Other varieties may generate light creases that are tough to discover, while others could stay steady even after ripening.

8. The Flesh and Skin Around the Stem

The flesh and skin around the stem should be particularly plump and chunky.

Before a mango gets ripe, the stem end will be relatively flat. The fruit’s pulp, fluids, and sugars have not yet expanded completely. 

Once the mango stops evolving and becomes ripe, it should be so bulky that the stem end rises narrowly rather than remaining flat.

9. Stem Produces Mango Juice

Another indication around the stem that you can check for is that it begins to ooze out the mango juice. 

There would be some stickiness around the stem where it dripped some fluid out.

The reason is that it’s precisely juicy; the juices begin to come out of it.

That’s a solid indication that the mango is ripe!

10. Drooped Skin Around the Stem

Lastly, another sign in ripe mangoes is that they begin to wither.

When you initially get a mango, it won’t be very shrivel-y; it would likely look quite tough and quite shiny on the top.


Mangoes can downtone blood pressure and maintain a regular pulse. 

Also, mangos provide a compound identified as mangiferin, which studies have proven to be able to diminish inflammation of the heart. 

Mangos will also aid in stabilizing your digestive system.

So what are you waiting for? Grab one today, and don’t forget to share!

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