The tropical fruit mango might be the ultimate snack for work. The mango (with it's juicy, sweet and sour pulp when it's ripe!) let's us relax and empowers our bones. How do you ripe a mango at home? I have dived into some mango facts, wanna read along?
What does the ripening process of a mango look like?
A mango plant grows from a mango pit, which could grow to a mango tree, up to 40 meters in height! How does this work? A mango plant likes a high and warm temperature, of about 26 to 38 degrees. The mango blooms, the fruits need four to five months to develop and ripen on the tree. Most mangoes are harvested for 2 months, when the flesh turns pale yellow; they are ripe. Now the mangoes are ready to come to the Netherlands by ship or plane. When the mangoes have arrived in the Netherlands, the delicious mangoes are finally ready for the next step!
The mangoes immediately go to the next quality check. Then they continue ripening. The ripening master decides the ripening process per pallet, where the climate of the country of origin is imitated as good as possible. Every mango undergoes a selection process so only the best of the best mangoes are sold to customers.
How do you ripe a mango quickly?
Let’s say, you are home and you have a delicious looking mango laying in your fruit bowl. You REALLY want to eat this delicious, fresh, loaded with vitamin and soft mango, but the mango is not ripe yet. What now? You can speed up the ripening process! But how?!
Here are some tips:
The quickest way to ripe a mango:You’ll need a microwave. Make some holes in the peel and wrap it around in some kitchen paper. Put in in the microwave for 10 seconds on the highest setting. The mango should be soft now!
Another way to ripe your mango quicker, is by using a bag. Mangoes give off ethylene. This is a odourless gas which speeds up the ripening process. By putting a mango in a bag, the gas can do her work so the mango gets ripe quicker!
What if you don’t have a bag or microwave near you? The same trick can be applied with uncooked rice. If you cover a mango in uncooked rice in a bowl, the mango will give off ethylene quicker. You will have a ripe mango in 1 or 2 days.
Where do you preserve a ripe mango?
The fruit is best preserved in a refrigerator to delay the ripening process. You can keep the mango in the fridge for a maximum of 5 days before you eat it, make a smoothie with it or put it in a salad. You can also freeze the mango. Make sure to peel the mango first and slice it in blocks. You can keep the mango for 6 months this way, great for making a small supply!
The taste of the mango
Mangoes have a fresh and sweet taste with a spicy, exotic nuance. They are very juicy, light orange coloured and as smooth and soft as butter. The fruit gives of a sweet smell.
You can eat mangoes as a snack, but they are also very nice in fruit salads or with ice cream. In addition, they are combinable with smoked meat like Parma ham or smoked chicken. They are also combinable as a fresh side dish with spicy dishes or curry.
Why are mangoes good for you?
- Makes you happier.
- Empowers your bones.
- Is juicy.
- Contains important vitamins.
- Has a sweet and sour taste.
Mangoes are also very good for your eyes and they are loaded with vitamin C and B11. Good for your eyes? Yes; mangoes contain a lot of vitamin A, this vitamin makes sure our sight stays sharp and that our eyes can adapt to darker environments easier. Do you work at night? Or do you need to drive a long way home while it is dark outside? You should try eating a mango!