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How to Ripen Mango

Mangoes should be firm but not hard; the flesh should give slightly to pressure. Somewhat hard unripe fruit can be placed in a perforated brown paper bag and allowed to stand at room temperature for a day or two to ripen.

Short Term Mango Storage

Ripe mangoes should be stored in the refrigerator and used within 2 to 5 days.

Mango Long Term Storage

To freeze uncooked mangos, sprinkle sugar over the peeled, seeded, chopped fruit. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves in the fruit's own juices, making sure the pieces are coated. Seal in an airtight container leaving ½-inch airspace or in plastic freezer bags with all air squeezed out.

If you plan on using the frozen mangos as a sweet sauce, pack slices in 30% syrup (dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 4 cups of very hot water - chill). Store mango and sauce in rigid containers with ½ inch airspace in the freezer at 0 degrees F for up to 12 months.

Mango Side Notes

Mangoes belong to the same family as poison ivy and poison oak. Their skin (not the inside flesh that's eaten) contains an oil that may cause a mild allergic reaction in some people.
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