Ripe mangoes are moderately soft to the touch, when pressed, the peel should not be pushed or cracked. If you are not going to eat mangoes in the next two days after the purchase, then you can buy a solid fruit. Unlike, for example, pineapple, mango continues to ripen even after it has been picked from a branch.
Choose a rounded, large fruit that resembles an American football ball. It is better not to buy flat and thin fruits - most likely, they will be too fibrous.
On the peel of ripe mangoes there may be brown dots and barely noticeable lines that look like wrinkles - this is normal. A wrinkled peel is a sign of an overripe fruit. Although there are exceptions: the peel of the Ataulfo mango can be covered with “wrinkles” even before the fruit ripens.
To recognize a ripe mango, smell it near the stalk - there is the strongest smell. Ripe fruit always has a sweet aroma, it smells of something like a melon.
Overripe mango has a sour smell.
But the color when choosing a mango is better not to focus. A ripe fruit does not always turn yellow or red - it all depends on the variety and growing season.