Mango Care

  • Optimum mango ripening temperature is 70-75 F. Optimum relative humidity is 80-90%.
  • Do not refrigerate the mango before it ripens. Refrigeration interferes with the ripening process. Never freeze a mango as freezing will stop the ripening process.
  • If a ripe mango is frozen, when brought at room temperature, tissue deterioration will be very quick.
  • Mango can be refrigerated after it ripens to increase its shelf life. However, the mango holds best at a temperature of 50-55 F. Different ripe mangoes however respond differently to refrigeration. Alphonso mango generally holds better and survives a few days. Fully ripe Kesar mango however has a very high sugar content and generally the sugar separates out from the pulp inside the mango. It is best to refrigerate Kesar before it is fully ripe.
  • Avoid moving ripe mango in and out of the refrigerator. Ideally the ripe mango should be taken out of the refrigerator only for consumption. Ensure that the mango does not freeze when it is in the referigerator. Following is a picture of a cold damaged mango. The survival of this mango is in the hands of God. Although it looks bad, it could still taste good. But mostly, it will only achieve a fraction of its peak aroma and flavor.
  • Small black spots generally show that the mango is sweet and has good sugar content. It is generally not an indicator of problem with the fruit, but use your judgement to make the distinction.
  • Following is a picture of a very sweet mango. The small black spots actually indicate high sugar content, but unfortunately, the mango caught infection at the eye. The deterioration happens inside the tissue and there is a clear demarkation. Use the same judgement you use to judge any other produce item when dealing with this mango. Indian mango is extremely sweet and this whole fruit turned black within 24 hours.
  • Mango ripens well in a dark place at the proper temperature and humidity. You can leave it in the special packing clearance material it is packed in, but place it in a warm place. Some people place it in a brown bag with bananas. Bananas release gases during ripening which accelerate the ripening process of a mango.
  • MANGO NEEDS TO BREATHE as it ripens- do not choke it in non-breathing material. Also constant poking can result in uneven ripening of the mango as dents prevent the free flow of nutrients in the mango which is vital for it to ripen properly.
  • If conditions are such that the mango does not ripen within 7-days of arrival, this considerably increases the chance of the mango catching infection and not ripening properly.
  • We treat our mango with love and respect. By following the above common sense directions, you can experience the heavenly taste of this fruit.
  • Still why my ripe mango is better than yours- Good Karma always helps!!
  • Mango is known as the king of fruits. It is regarded as the most heavily consumed fruit in the world. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and Phillipinas.

SPONGY TISSUE IN ALPHONSO MANGO

  • Spongy tissue is a psychological disorder of the Alphonso mango (and you thought only humans could be sensitive). The mango looks good from outside, but is spongy inside.
  • Spongy tissue cannot be identified in an unripe mango. However as the Alphonso ripens, the area with spongy tissue will not ripen and will remain devoid of any nutrients- it will generally be white and spongy, hence the name.
  • We try our best to filter out the mangoes with spongy tissue at the source, but it is still an imperfect art and mango with spongy tissue does come through.
  • Generally, if a small portion exhibits this, it can safely be scooped away without affecting the remainder.
  • Sometimes the spongy area can change color with time and becomes black. The tissue which is good will always feel, taste and look good.
  • Picture1 shows a little spongy tissue which can be safely scooped away, Picture2 shows a spongy tissue that has become black.
  • Picture3 shows a full spongy tissue- nothing can be salvaged.

Health Benefits of Mango

The Mango is not only a great tasting fruit, but is also good for your health:

  • The Mango is an excellent source of Fiber- about 40% of the fiber in the Mango is soluble, mainly pectin.
  • The Mango is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.
  • The Mango contains a wide variety of carotenoids, including beta carotene and other phytonutrients.
  • 1/2 cup of sliced mango contains about 13 grams effective carbohydrate, 4 grams of fiber and 135 calories.
  • The Mango's Glycemic index ranges from 41 to 60 and is different for different varieties of Mango.

Following links highlight virtues of Mango as a Fruit:

  • Health_Benefits_of_Mango
  • Carbs Count for Mangoes
  • Mangoes good for diabetes and prediabetes
  • Mango Eating Recommendations
Mango, Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 70 kcal 270 kJ
Carbohydrates 17.00 g
Sugars 14.8 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat 0.27 g
Protein .51 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 µg 4%
beta-carotene 445 µg 4%
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.058 mg 4%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.057 mg 4%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.584 mg 4%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.16 mg 3%
Vitamin B6 0.134 mg 10%
Folate (Vit. B9) 14 µg 4%
Vitamin C 27.7 mg 46%
Calcium 10 mg 1%
Iron 0.13 mg 1%
Magnesium 9 mg 2%
Phosphorus 11 mg 2%
Potassium 156 mg 3%
Zinc 0.04 mg 0%
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. Source: USDA Nutrient database