Mangoes are so delicious – it’s hard to eat just one! This golden fruit lives up to its nickname, ‘the king of fruit’, for a lot of reasons. Mangoes are the perfect ingredient to add to smoothies, salads, salsa, dessert, and drinks. You can even have them dehydrated. Trust me, chewy dried mango tastes way better than candy.
For mango-obsessed people such as myself, the question lives on: what to do with the heaps of mango you recently hoarded and stocked in your pantry. After much time spent on experimenting – and coming up with the best ways on how to store mangoes at home – here’s what I found out:
1. The ripeness of the mango matters
Where and how long you store your mangoes depends on how ripe they are. Mangoes picked off the tree can still be green, and will have a longer shelf life than ripe mangoes. Unripe mangoes don’t have any fruity fragrance, and are firm to the touch when squeezed.
If you have ripe mangoes, that’s perfectly fine! You can still store them and enjoy sweet mangoes the minute you feel like eating them. I’ll tell you how in a bit.
Not sure if a mango is ripe enough to be eaten? Give the mango a quick sniff and squeeze – ripe mangoes smell sweet and are soft when pressed. Be sure to check your mangoes everyday to avoid spoiling.
2. Some mangoes can be stored for a longer time than others
Not all mangoes are created equal, and some mango varieties can outlast other cultivars. Mangoes with firm flesh like the Keitt can be stored at room temperature longer than mangoes with softer flesh, such as the Manila variety.
3. Think of the timeframe
Are you planning to consume all your mangoes quickly, or do you plan to keep them for several weeks? Knowing how long you’re willing to stretch out your mangoes will determine how best to store them.
Short-term storage can mean keeping the mangoes at room temperature. It’s different when you plan to store them for a long period of time. You’ll need to make sure that your mangoes are protected from pests and bacteria, both of which hasten the rotting process.
4. The temperature in your area is a big factor
How long you can store your mangoes also has a lot to do with your environment. Mangoes ripen more quickly in warm, humid climates. Contrast this to mangoes that are in colder areas — their shelf life at room temperature can be longer by a day or two.
5. Different ways to store mangoes
How to store fresh mangoes
Store fresh mangoes at room temperature to help them ripen gradually. 180-220C is a good range for these fruits.
Cover the mangoes in a plastic bag with holes to prevent insects from contaminating them. Poking holes in the plastic bag also ensures that moulds don’t grow on the fruit surface. Depending on how ripe (or unripe) your mangoes are, you may have to wait for up to 8 days before you get to enjoy them.
Can’t wait for your green mangoes to ripen? Speed up the process with our tips on how to ripen a mango. We’ve got all the hacks you need to solve that sudden mango craving.
How to store ripe mangoes
When it comes to tropical fruits, ripe mangoes win hands-down. Their sweet taste is comparable to none! Depending on how ripe they are, you can keep ripe mangoes at room temperature provided you check on them from time to time.
Mangoes are similar to bananas and avocados – they are all heavy producers of ethylene. These fruits ripen faster than you can say ‘smoothie bowl’.
How to store mangoes in the fridge
To enjoy ripe mangoes for at least 3-5 days more, store them in the fridge. The cold temperature will slow down the ripening process and give your mangoes a longer shelf life. This is the best way to store ripe mangoes if you plan on eating them in less than a week.
How to store mangoes in the freezer
Remember those shows where frozen mammoths came back to life after being thawed? Those are for entertainment purposes only, of course, but there’s a grain of truth to those movies when it comes to preserving. When a plant (or fruit, for this matter) gets frozen, the decomposition process gets stunted. Bacterial growth, which causes rotting and spoilage, also stops.
If you want to keep your mangoes nice and sweet well into the next month or two, freezing them is the way to go. This is how you can store mangoes for a long time:
First: cut the mango into cubes.
Before you freeze your ripe mangoes, cut them up into small cubes. Doing this will make it easier for you to use them in the future. It’s a great space-saving hack, too!
First time slicing mangoes? Let our step-by-step guide to cutting mangoes show you how.
Second: put them inside Ziploc bags.
Make ready-to-serve portions of frozen mango by placing them inside Ziploc bags in a single layer. Stack them neatly in a pile, then place in the freezer for storage. When you’re ready to use them for smoothies or as dessert topping, just pop open a bag from the freezer and blitz away.
Have delicious mangoes all year long
Want to have a supply of ripe mangoes the whole year round? You can grow your own tree and have fresh golden fruits every harvest season. Read our complete guide on mangoes to learn more. No problem if you’re not a plant pro just yet – there are gardening services that can take care of the fruit tree maintenance so you don’t have to.