How do you know if it’s ripe? By its color! The Champagne® mango turns from a soft green to a deep golden yellow when it is fully mature.
When ripe, the mango feels soft when given a gentle squeeze and when a sweet, fragrant scent emanates from the stem-end of the fruit. Customers should know that some mango varieties may stay green, even at maturity. Among the varieties more prone to color change are Haden, which develop smooth yellow skin with a slight red blush, and Ataulfo, the variety of the Champagne® mango.
If you purchase your mangos on the green side, simply place them in a fruit basket or bowl and keep them at room temperature. If you do not want to wait a few days to let them mature, you can propel the mangos’ ripening process at home by storing them in a paper bag at room temperature. Mangos, like tomatoes and avocados, produce ethylene gas; this is the fruit’s natural way of ripening.
Mangos may be refrigerated once they are ripe to prolong shelf life, but not before. Typical shelf life for a mango is 7-14 days, on average.