Wednesday, April 09, 2008

How to Ripe Mangoes

Sounds Yummy !!! no doubt !!!

So yeah few days back may be two weeks back, I was shopping at an Indian grocery store. Well I saw few mangoes lying there and I decided to buy some. They were raw and in no way in this Holy Mother Earth was I going to satisfy my urge for mangoes right then.

As usual the salesman cajoled me into buying two of them. He in his conceding tone assured me that they would ripe in two days and I would be able to eat them.

So as usual I bought two and kept them in the refrigerator. And as usual I forgot that I had them inside. Just yesterday my taste buds drew me towards them and guess what they were still not ripe. They were as raw as how I bought them 14 days ago. Weird I thought.

It was later that I realized that they need to be kept outside, they need moisture and they need to be placed outside. After doing some research I found at this site:

"We have found that the best way to ripen a mango is at room temperature, on the kitchen counter and if you wish to accelerate the process place in a paper bag overnight (some folks place an apple with the mango in the bag to create more natural ethylene gas and further decrease the ripening time). Once ripened the mango can be refrigerated for a few days, but should be used shortly thereafter."
This was mentioned at:

So hmm, now I realized why they were still raw. Also found this amazing article on how to shop for mangoes at:

I hope this helps you shop for mangoes and enjoy the luscious taste of the King of Fruits :).

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