How to Ripen Mangoes Faster

Mango is a very delicious and healthy fruit. It is true that a mango can be ripen once it is plucked from the tree. Actually, ripening a mango at home is quite simple.

Calcium carbide is used to artificially ripen mangoes by some fruit merchants which can cause health problems.You can ripen mangoes at home if you have unripe mangoes.

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Calcium carbide is carcinogenic substance, its use is prohibited in ripening of fruits in many countries. Consumption of calcium carbide ripened mangoes and other fruits affect the neurological system, cause headache, dizziness, sleepiness, mental confusion, memory loss, and many other conditions.

Ethylene is considered to be safe as a ripening agent.

If you have unripe mangoes, then you should know how to ripen mango faster and easily, preserving their nutrition, using the tips and the following methods.

When to Pluck the Mango Fruits from the Tree?

If you have a mango tree, then the natural question is when you should cut the fruits from the tree, whether you pluck them when they are still unripe or you should wait for them to ripen on the tree?

If left mangoes on tree, they will ripen and produce the sweetest fruits ever. But is it worth? Remember that birds love ripe mangoes as we do, so they will not leave a single fruit. You can save your mango crop from birds if you cover and hide them. If you cover the mangoes by paper bags, then they will ripen faster on tree than uncovered mangoes, but then how will you consume, say 40 ripe mangoes altogether?
Unripe Mangoes
Unripe Mangoes
  1. So it is better to take out mangoes from the tree when they are neither totally unripe nor fully ripe. You should only pluck or buy mature fruits.
  2. Never pluck an totally unripe mango if you want to eat it.
  3. Pluck only those fruits which has started to change their colour.

How to know if the mango is ripe?

  1. Press the mango gently. If it feels very firm, it is unripe - wait for some days. If it is slightly soft, it has started to ripen, you can pluck it.
  2. Smell the stem end of the mango. If it has a fruity odour, it is ripe.

Methods To Ripen Mangoes

Whether you have plucked mangoes from your tree or you bought them from market and they are unripe, you will want them to ripen for eating. You may use the following methods for ripening mangoes quickly at home:
  1. Keep unripe mangoes at room temperature on your kitchen table, they will continue to ripen, becoming softer over several days. This is a slow process of ripening, but they will ripen of their own.
  2. Do not put unripe mangoes or any other fruits in a fridge as it will slow down the natural process of fruit ripening.

What to do to speed up ripening?

Semi-Ripe Mangoes
Semi-Ripe Mangoes

If you want to ripen your mangoes quickly, then do the following:
  1. It is a fact that ethylene gas contributes to fruit ripening. Therefore, place unripe mangoes in a paper bag with fruits that emit a high concentration of ethylene gas such as apples, bananas, pears, passion fruit and avocados at a warmer place like kitchen. So putting an apple or banana will increase the amount of ethylene gas in the bag. This is the best way to ripen a mango quickly.
  2. Another way to ripen a mango is to put them in a ventilated wooden or cardboard box with lots of hay. That is how mango boxes are sold in India.
  3. Another old method is to bury the mangoes in a bin of wheat or uncooked rice. It is a quick, fast and easy way to save a few days off the ripening time. In India and many Asian countries, this is most common method of ripening fruits.
Ripe Mangoes on Tree
Mangoes Ripening on Tree
Once ripe, mangoes should be put in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. Whole, ripe mangoes may be stored for up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Never refrigerate mangoes before they are ripe.

Ripen Mangoes in Microwave

Can you ripen a mango in a microwave?
Although the mangoes tastes very good if raw mangoes are ripen slowly by the above methods, you can ripen them in a microwave almost immediately. The mangoes ripen in a microwave will not taste very good. Following are the steps:
  1. Using a knife, poke the mango in 4-5 places to help escape the steam.
  2. Wrap the mango in a kitchen towel and place it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  3. Take out and press it with fingers to check its ripeness. If the mango has become soft, then it is ripening. Make a small cut and see if it is ripe enough. If not, microwave it for another 5-10 seconds to achieve desired softness.
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