What Does Mango Taste Like?

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What are Mangoes?

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Mangoes originated in India. They are fruits similar to peaches in that they are considered a stone fruit or drupe (a fruit with a single pit inside of edible flesh).

What Does Mango Taste Like?

In general, unripe mangoes are hard, fibrous, and have a taste similar to tart limes. Many people describe ripe mangoes as having a tropical floral taste while others describe them as more citrusy and tart. Ripe mangoes are juicy, somewhat stringy, and sweet with underlying hints of sourness and pine. Yes, pine. Read to learn why.

What Do Mangoes Look Like?

Many Mangoes found here in the United States have a multicolored skin with hues of red, orange, and yellow but can also have greenish hues as well.

What texture do Mangoes have?

When ripe, mangoes are juicy and soft and a little “stringy”. However, when unripe, mangoes are fibrous and hard.

If you don’t like pulpy orange juice, you may not enjoy eating mangoes whole.

How To Tell If A Mango Is Ripe?

To tell a ripe mango from an unripe one, you’ll want to rely on your sense of smell and touch. 

Unripe mangoes are hard as bricks and usually green. As it ripens, a mango will develop yellow, orange, and/or red hues depending on its type. 

Mangoes are ripe when you can smell them and they “give way” a little when you press down on them. If your fingers sink into the mango easily, it’s probably overripe. 

Do Mangoes Taste Like Peaches?

Some people believe a mango tastes like a cross between a peach and other fruits such as pineapple, orange, lemons, or limes.

Why Does Mango Taste Like Pine?

It appears many people say Mangoes have a mild evergreen or pine scent and flavor to them. I did a little research and there appears to be some validity to it. 

Apparently, there are a handful of compounds in mango pulp that are also found in pine needles. Read more about why your mango may have a taste or scent of pine

When Are Mangoes Available?

In the United States, you can find Mangoes almost year-round.

What Foods Go Well With Mangoes?

Mangoes go well with a lot of different foods. Because mangoes are pretty sweet, be careful combining them with other “very sweet” foods.

What Are Some Popular Flavor Pairings For Mangoes?

Mangoes can be used in many cuisines from around the world including Thai and Philippine Dishes, Mexican Dishes, and Indian Dishes.

How Do You Store Mangoes?

Unripe mangoes should be stored at room temperature. Once a mango ripens, it should be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Can You Freeze Mangoes?

Yes, you can peel and cube mangoes for freezing. Be sure to place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to six months.

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Final Thoughts

Mangoes are a versatile fruit. Some of our favorite ways to use mangoes are in smoothies or in Mexican inspired dishes.

If you haven’t tried mangoes, give them a shot. If you don’t like the pulp in orange juice, you may find the stringiness an issue. In this case, you could try to puree the mango in a smoothie or for use in a salad dressing!  

Did you try a mango? If so, let me know how you liked it!

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