So, we had a question on the blog. An actual question! Directed at us! We hardly knew what to do with ourselves. Actually, John gets questions all the time (what do you use in your hair…how do you pick up chicks at a bar…etc.) But not me. So I was excited. The question had to do with picking out mangoes. How do you pick out a good one?
Well, I am here to tell you, I just don’t know. WAIT! But keep reading, I swear, actual information follows.
For most of my produce needs, I frequent a place called Sobsey’s in Hoboken, NJ. This place is amazing. It’s a tiny little shop, stuffed full of amazing fruits and veggies. They hand pick every mango that comes in to the shop. I’m not even joking. So, when I need a mango, I just run in there and grab one. I don’t think about it because every mango (and every piece of fruit I’ve ever picked up) there is perfect. Perfectly ripe, and ENORMOUS. Please see the photo below to better demonstrate how HUGE they are:
Toby is my dog, by the way.
Sobsey’s mangoes are from Brazil. I don’t know if mangoes from Brazil are better than the mangoes from other places, but they seem to be. However, for all of you who don’t have a Sobsey’s near you or aren’t in Brazil, I have the following helpful information:
If you would like a ripe mango (ready to eat), Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch. Like a…um….bag of sand…No, nothing like that, really. But you should be able to indent them slightly with your thumb. Don’t pick one that feels mushy and don’t pick one that has brown bruising marks on it. If you’d like to wait a few days before you eat it, you can pick out a firmer one. It’s kind of like picking out a peach or an avocado.
It should also be slightly fragrant when you smell it. Go on…take a whiff, no one’s looking.
Don’t go for the puny ones either, get one that’s plump and heavy.
Finally, don’t focus on color. It doesn’t mean much in terms of the ripeness of this particular fruit.
Disclaimer: We would like to note that we are NOT mango experts. Use this information at your own risk. No animals or fruits were harmed during this blog post’s photo shoot.
We would also like to thank Sobsey’s Produce and the National Mango Board (yes – there is a National Mango Board!) for their assistance obtaining this information.