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How to Make Mangos Ripen

author image Joshua McCarron
Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.
How to Make Mangos Ripen
Mangos have sweet inner flesh that is bright yellow. Photo Credit: Teen00000/iStock/Getty Images

A mango is a tropical fruit that is usually a colorful combination of red, green, yellow and orange. Mangos are high in vitamins C and A, potassium and beta-carotene. Ripe mangos are juicy and sweet, and make a good snack or addition to smoothies, juices or sauces. Ripen mangos at home in your own kitchen using a simple paper bag, and you won't wait as long to add them to recipes.

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Step 1

Place one or two mangos in a standard paper lunch bag, along with an apple. The apple increases the ethylene gas content, which quickens ripening.

Step 2

Set the bag on your countertop, away from direct sunlight.

Step 3

Leave the bag overnight and check inside in the morning for signs of ripening. A ripe mango yields slightly when you press it, and has a sweet, fruity smell on the stem end. Check the bag daily until the mangos are ripe.

Step 4

Place the ripe mangos in your refrigerator for a few days after ripening if you aren’t going to eat them right away.

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