Know Your Mango: How to Cut, Eat, and Ripen

Did you know, Mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world

So, what's wrong with Americans?  
Answer: We don't know which variety to eat or how to tell when they are perfectly ripe.  Here's your go-to guide for Choosing, Ripening, Cutting, and Eating Mango

Ripening Mango process:

- Ripen the mango in a paper bag or newspaper. Leave the bag of mangoes on the kitchen counter overnight and check for ripeness in the morning. Mangoes wrapped in a paper bag will release ethylene, which is an odourless gas that speeds up the ripening process.

- Remove and use the mango when it gives off a fruity scent and yields to soft pressure, usually about a day (or less).

- When wrapping mangoes in a paper bag or newspaper, be sure not to close the bag completely. Some air and gas needs to escape or mold and mildew might start to form.

Pro Tip: Add an apple or banana to the bag to speed up the ripening even more. Adding more ethylene-emitting fruits will increase the ethylene in the bag, giving you an even juicier mango all the quicker.
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Handling & Cutting Mangos

- Always use a clean knife and cutting board to cut a mango.
- If you have handled or cut any type of meat or seafood, ALWAYS sanitize your hands, work area, utensils and cutting board before handling or cutting any fruits or vegetables, including mangos.
- Always wash mangos before cutting.

So, what’s the best way to cut mangoes, you ask?!

Here is how we cut Mangoes…  

If you cut mangoes differently, please share your secrets!
Step 1. Hold the Mango straight up and down
Step 2. Take your knife and cut, about 1/2″, to the right and left of center.  This will remove the main flesh of the Mango, sometimes known as the “cheeks”
Step 3. Gently cut “Cross” marks in the Mango, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Step 4. Push the center of the Mango outward, raising the cut sections of the flesh, and remove them with your knife

Or, try this Mango Cutting Hack:

Know Your Mangoes

Here are the Top 5 Mango Varieties Available in the US:

Valencia Pride Mango

Keitt Mango

Kent Mango

Ataulfo Mango

Special Feature Australian Mangoes:

Available in the U.S. for the first time, three unique mango varieties from Australia’s summer harvest! KINGSTON PRIDE is the most commercially prevalent crop in the country. This mango has orange skin tinged with red blush when ripe; its fruit is golden, moderately fibrous with a sweet, tangy flavor. The R2E2 is almost perfectly round with an orange-red blush over a deep orange skin; this variety’s firm lemon-yellow fruit is mildly sweet compared to the Kingston Pride. The golden apricot-yellow colored HONEY GOLD is firm and juicy with a rich, sweet taste. The variety is fibreless, which makes it the perfect choice for salads and smoothies.


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