How do we know if the mangoes are ripe?
There are 2 basic indicators to understand if the mangoes are ripe.
- Colour – Most of the varieties are ripe when they turn yellow & slightly soft. Juice varieties are an exception, they may turn yellow but one needs to wait till they emanate sweet aroma to be perfect for consuming. A day earlier the mango would be tangier than sweet.
- Aroma – Mangoes give out a sweet smell when ripe. Especially Himayat might be greenish yellow but if it emanates a heavenly aroma, it’s ripe.
What care is to be taken after receiving the box?
Kindly check the mangoes, if you find ripe ones, they can be consumed immediately. Semi ripe mangoes can be left in the box without tapes so that there is little air circulation, however our boxes already have provision for air circulation. Keep checking for the ripe ones regularly & refrigerate them if they are to be consumed at a later date.
Can we refrigerate the Mangoes?
We usually dispatch the mangoes Semi-ripe to avoid damages during transit. Semi-ripe mangoes if refrigerated will never ripe. Once mangoes are ripe, they can be refrigerated to increase the shelf life.
What are the black spots?
Some mangoes develop black spots/dots on the skin or near the tip of the mango, it indicates high sugar content. Some marks on the mangoes are due to the branches touching them & it’s a natural blemish.
What is spongy tissue in Alphonso?
It’s a natural disorder very common to Alphonso where some part of it becomes soft inside. The mango looks good from outside, but is spongy inside which is obvious only when it is ripe. One can consume the remaining part of the mango. As we are organic & have post-harvest techniques in place the occurrence is minimum.