How to Ripen Mango?
Well, if you are wondering how you can ripen the delicious mangoes at your home without any tough work, then you should know that it’s quite easy to ripen mangoes, and there’s not much to do.
Mangoes, or you can say the King of Fruits, as it is worth its name because of their delicious, mouth-watering taste, is one of the most eaten fruits globally. They supply a lot of vitamins and nutrients in our body. Not only this, but they are also suitable for our eyes, boost the immune system, and help us get clear skin when consumed in limited quantities.
Mangoes come in the color range of green, yellow and red colors. Some people like the unripe mangoes, which are not sweet but sour, and others love the juicy ripe mangoes. Before learning how to ripen mangoes, let us understand what is ripening.
How to Ripen Mango?
What is ripening?
Well, ripening is the process that takes place in fruits that makes them more palatable. The fruit becomes sweeter, softer, and less green as it ripens. The acidity of the fruits increases when the fruit ripens. Also, we always love to eat ripe mangoes because they sound and taste more delicious than unripe mangoes or any other fruit.
Different ways to ripen a mango
There are different ways to ripen mangoes, including some organic and some artificial ways. Let’s discuss some of the ways used for ripening the mangoes.
- The green mangoes must be stored at a temperature of 13-degree celsius. For ripening, the temperatures of the pulp must be increased to 22-degree celsius. The amount of time the fruit is exposed to ethylene determines the maturity of the fruit. When there is a change in mangoes’ color, it means that the mangoes are producing ethylene, and you do not have to provide ethylene artificially. Humidity is also very important for the ripening of mangoes and should be maintained at 90 to 95%.
- Carbon dioxide builds up during ripening, so you should vent out the room every 12 hours to prevent carbon dioxide from building while applying ethylene. The level of carbon dioxide should be below 1% for proper ripening. After ethylene is applied, mangoes should be stored in a humid atmosphere to ripen the mangoes properly.
- In some places, calcium carbide is used for ripening mangoes. The industrial calcium carbide has traces of phosphorus and arsenic, which is considered illegal in most countries. When calcium carbide is dissolved in water, it produces acetylene, which acts as an artificial ripening agent. Acetylene affects the nervous system and reduces the supply of oxygen to the brain. Exposure to toxic substances like arsenic and phosphorus can cause severe health hazards.
How To Ripen Mangoes at home?
Well, these were some of the ways that you may not be able to perform at home. So, let’s see those now which you can efficiently perform at home. The different ways to ripen mangoes at home are:
Using a Paper Bag or a Newspaper
Put the mangoes in a paper bag or cover it with a newspaper and leave it undisturbed through the night for the mangoes to release some ethylene, an odorless gas that speeds up the ripening process. Take the mangoes out when you start getting the fruity smell. You can add mangoes and bananas to the bag alternatively as they emit ethylene, which can quicken the ripening process even more.
Using a bowl of cooked rice
Soak the mangoes in a bowl of uncooked rice for a night so that it would release ethylene, which helps to ripen fruits. Keep on checking the mangoes every 6 to 8 hours, and the mangoes will ripen in a day or two.
Patience and Time
This is the oldest method of ripening mangoes. You just have to leave the mangoes on the kitchen shelf at room temperature for a few days. It is the most time-taking method, but it gives the best results.
How to Tell if a Mango is Ripen?
So, now that you know the ways by which you can ripen a mango let’s see how to check whether it’s ready for you or not.
- Colour does not determine whether a mango is ripe or not. Black spots on the mango can determine whether a mango is sweet or not; if the spots are soft, it means the mango is sweet. If the mango is blacker than usual, you should cut it open to ensure that it is not spoilt.
- Squeeze the mango a little, and if the mango is soft, it means that the mango is ripe.
- Smell the mango from the stem end, and if it is heavy and smells fruity, then the mango is ripe.
How To Identify whether The Mango Is Ripened Naturally Or Artificially?
There are times when you’ll get entirely ripen mangoes from the market. But are they really ripened naturally, or some artificial substances are used? Well, to know the answer go through the following points, as mangoes which are artificially ripened show these features:
- Has a garlic-like smell.
- Has a greyish white or a black powdery coat.
- Looks ripe but will be hard inside.
- They are tasteless and have a different aftertaste.
- Has a shorter life span and starts having black patches faster.
Now that you are at the end of this blog post, to conclude the blog post, we’ll say that do not try to ripen mangoes artificially its not good for health always go for naturally ripen carbide chemical free mangoes. Mangoes are delicious to eat, and it cools down your body after a stressful day. Early mangoes may take more time to ripen.
If you want to enjoy mangoes for longer duration put the mangoes in the fridge before it ripens as it slows down the ripening. You can store a ripe mango in the fridge for up to 5 days. After your mangoes have ripened there are a lot of dishes and drinks you can make.