This week our imperfect mangoes are just fantastic value and really eating well. All from the Northern Territory, we are transitioning from Darwin down to Katherine and a lot of these imperfects will be from the tail end of the Darwin crop. Their only issue is a little wind rub, and you don’t eat the skin, so that’s no issue! I pick my mangoes by touch and smell; they need to have a fragrant, tropical and fruity aroma, and to just give slightly when touched. Keep away from bruised, extremely soft or very green fruit. Stored properly, they will keep for a few days. They wont ripen in your fridge so don’t put them in there unless they are fully ripe and then only keep them for a couple of days. Never store them in plastic bags.
HOW TO PICK
The best way to buy a mango is to simply use your nose. A ripe fresh mango should have a fragrant tropical fruity aroma, a full colour and will give slightly to the touch, but stay away from very soft or bruised fruit. An unripe mango has no scent and can have an unpleasant chemical taste if eaten raw. Never buy completely green mangoes, as they may never ripen.
HOW TO STORE
When stored properly a mango should have a shelf life of about a week. A mango will not ripen in the refrigerator mangoes should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Fully ripe mangoes can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Never store mangoes in plastic bags - mangoes need air.