When it comes to selecting the perfect ripe mango, color is not the most important factor. Mangoes come in a variety of colors, from green to yellow to pink, but the hue of the fruit doesn't necessarily indicate ripeness. Instead, it's best to use your sense of touch and smell to find the right one. When shopping for a ripe mango, look for fruits with skin that is completely intact and without any bruises or cuts.
Gently press the fruit with your thumb. If it yields slightly to the pressure, it's ripe and ready to eat. You can also smell the stem end of the mango; if it has a sweet aroma, it's ripe. Once you've found a ripe mango, you can store it at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Enjoy your mango in smoothies, salads, salsas, or just as is!.