Mango Buyer's Guide

How to pick a perfect mango.

The ripest mangoes have a sweet fruity aroma at stem ends and flesh that gives slightly when gently squeezed. (Don’t judge by color; redness doesn’t always equal ripeness.) Refrigerate ripe mangoes for up to five days. Firm mangoes ripen at room temperature; speed the process by placing in a paper bag.


Haden’s luscious pineapple-peachy tropical taste epitomizes the general perception of mango’s flavor. Green-to-yellow with red bursts, Haden is medium-to-large and either oval or round. Hadens hail from Mexico and South America, fill shelves from mid-February until August, and return in mid-October until year’s end.

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