A bad mango will have the softest, squishiest texture and an exaggeration of dark spots or bruising. Blistering, an alcohol-like or sour odor, and signs of mold growth may also occur.
Mangoes are a delicious tropical fruit that’s delicious whole, in shakes, juices, smoothies, or your favorite dishes.
They have been around for a long time and are offered in more than 500 varieties in different parts of the world.
Low in calories and packed with essential nutrients, especially vitamin C. It helps boost immunity and increase growth.
Like all fruits, they have a limited lifespan and can spoil if not properly stored and consumed within a certain period of time.
If you’ve never tasted mango, it may be difficult to know if it’s overripe or ripe or rotten. It’s good to know that there are simple ways to tell if a mango is rotten and avoid another nasty encounter.
Learn how to tell the difference between a perfectly ripe mango and an overripe mango, and also how to store them in the fridge to extend their shelf life:
Signs of an Overripe Mango
The most obvious ways to tell if the mango is rotten involve changes in texture, smell, and color.
When determining fruit ripeness the first thing to look at is how it feels when you hold it . If it feels nice but the color isn’t there yet don’t get confused and think it’s ripe.
To determine the texture of the mango, use your fingers to grasp the mango by the tip and close to the stalk. Apply light pressure to determine the mango’s softness.
If the mango spits out a little juice, it’s perfect and ready to eat. If light pressure pierces the mango and it becomes overripe, then it is overripe.
It’s also important to know that ripe mangoes usually develop wrinkles on their skin. As they age and begin to deteriorate and the wrinkles begin to increase and begin to be a large part of the mango.
To check for wrinkles, you can gently place your fingers on the mango’s surface and then palpate the skin for any strange symptoms.
Some speckles and brown spots are normal on mangoes. In reality, they can be a sign that the mangoes are in good condition and ready to eat.
The problem occurs when they create large black spots that persist throughout.
If you notice any leakage of liquid from the damaged skin, it is best to discard this mango. Additionally, the presence of mold is a major clue that your mango is no good, and you know exactly what to do with that mango (throw it out).
Additionally, if you slice an unripe mango, you will notice that the inside of the mango is soft to the touch and a significantly darker shade of brown compared to other fully ripe mangoes.
The scent of the mango is an excellent indicator of how ripe this fruit is. The most effective way to test for scent is to take a good sniff near the stem, as that area is where the scent is strongest and can give a clearer picture of how the mango smells.
If you smell an intense, fruity and sweet scent, the mango is most likely fully ripe for the ideal stage for consumption.
But if it seems slightly spicy, it’s obvious that the mango is overripe and rotten.
The reason mangoes have such a strong odor when they start to spoil is because of the high sugar content in the fruit, which allows it to ferment naturally. For this reason, an overripe mango will likely taste as bad as it smells.
Mangoes come in a variety of colors ranging from green to yellow-red, orange and purple. The color of a ripe mango is determined by the type of mango used.
As we mentioned earlier, there are more than 500 varieties of mangoes worldwide, each with an individual color once they are ready to be eaten.
Certain cultivars might remain green when ripe, while others may turn bright orange or deep yellow when finished.
So don’t just rely on the hue of the mango to determine ripeness, just use it as an indicator of safety.
How Long Do Mangoes Last?
Like all fresh fruit, it can be perishable and have a short shelf life. How long it stays in your kitchen depends on the degree of ripeness.
If you have a mango that is not ripe, depending on the type of fruit and the stage it is in, the fruit can take up to 1-7 days to fully ripen.
A fully green and hard grape will take longer to ripen than one that already has yellow hues and is softening slightly.
If you have a ripe mango, you can expect it to last at least five days in the refrigerator if stored properly. There may be a few extra days if your mango wasn’t fully ripe when stored in the fridge.
A perfectly ripe mango that has been sliced or diced will keep in the fridge for a few days. However, remember that fresh fruit has a longer shelf life than peeled or chopped fruit.
How Do You Store Mangoes?
Proper preservation of mangoes depends on whether they are ripe or not.
For unripe mangoes, it is recommended to keep them at room temperature. You can put them in a plastic bag or just put them in a basket by the countertop.
Whatever you choose, make sure there is no direct sunlight where they are located.
The paper bag technique is particularly beneficial when you want to speed up the ripening process. It helps trap the ethylene gas produced by the mango, which helps fruit ripen.
To further speed up the process, you can add any other vegetable or fruit that emits ethylene gas to the bag along with the mangoes.
It is possible to use tomatoes, avocados, bananas and apples to achieve this. Be sure to check the mangoes regularly every day or two.
Since mangoes continue to ripen in the room, once they are fully ripe, it is recommended to store them in the refrigerator, where they can be kept for between 5 and 14 days.
To store sliced and diced mangoes, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for a few days.
Interesting Facts & Questions
Now that we’ve covered the various ways to determine how ripe your mangoes are, or which have gone rotten and are in poor condition, let’s look at a few related questions!
Can You Freeze Mangoes?
Yes you can There are plenty of frozen mangoes in the supermarket and there’s no reason you couldn’t make your own.
If you want to keep your mangoes longer, you can simply put them in the freezer and they will keep for at least 6 months. Here’s how:
- After defrosting, wash the skin and cut your mangoes into cubes, pieces or strips depending on your preference and what you intend to do with the mangoes.
- Make sure you have a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper or any other flat dish. Place your mango slices on top so they are not touching.
- Place the bowl or sheet in the freezer for at least overnight to allow the mangoes to set.
- When the mangoes are frozen, place in freezer bags and seal tightly, removing any air that you can, and date them for future use.
Can You Eat Overripe Mangoes?
The overripe mangoes might not be the most attractive, but they can be eaten when they’re a little older than their best.
It’s about individual preferences. What is too cute for one may be perfect for another?
It’s important to realize that mangoes that are overripe and mangoes that are rotten are two different things. A little overripe mango is great in smoothies, in a puree for desserts, and to make delicious mango jam or chutney.
Test your taste before using the overripe mangoes in recipes. If part of the mango has overripe in a way you don’t like, you can remove it and use the rest of the fruit.
Be sure to avoid mushy mangoes and those with obvious black or brown spots. Also, leaking liquids and growing mold are a big no-no and a clear sign that a mango has gone bad.