Help! So I purchased a couple boxes of RIPE mangos for ($1.04/lb or $8.99 a box). I danced all the way home in my car I was so overwrought with glee. Then I cut the ripest feeling open. Gasp! Brown muddled my fields of sweet yellow. I cut another one open and it had less, but some brown spots as well (it looks like it is perhaps too ripe?). Can I enjoy these babies or should I return?
You can cut out the brown spots, but it's common with all types of mangoes. I've had a lot of tommy atkins mangoes that have a weird skin pith in parts of the flesh, and the same thing that you've had many times. Most of the time they're fine, but sometimes you just get unlucky.
I believe it has to do with shipping them in cold containers for long distances to get them wherever we're at.
source: eat between 10-30 mangoes a day.
After hacking and butchering two innocent mangos, I decided to take them back. Thank god for costco's return policy! Sad, I was going to whip up a bomb mango salad for dinner earlier.
Random question: who likes the skin of a mango? I personally enjoy its texture. Am I a weirdo?
This is something that happens sometimes but more often than not the brown spots taste just fine--always snif, then do a quick taste test before tossing out or even bothering to cut around.
The reason that this happens sometimes is because it is common post harvest practice, organic and non, to heat treat (flash-immerse in water vapor chamber) mangos and other tropical fruits because they mold quickly when shipped. This treatment, VHT (vapor heat treatment), is what allows mangos to be shipped all over the world without being thrown out once reaching customs due to foreign pathogens. It also helps in management of invasive species of fruit fly that have been accidentally imported all over the globe and resulted in devastating crop destruction--this is a big problem in California for the last couple of years.
Here's a more detailed explanation: http://www.vaporheattreatment.com/
When not done properly heat injury results in browning of the flesh, and sometimes (usually at the end of the season) can cause fruit not to ripen.
Thanks for great info. Maybe I should just stick to locally grown apples I have been buying? The inside is far too slimy and tastes slightly off. Doesn't smell fermented though.. I should have just posted photo. Growing up I usually only ate frozen mango or bought it pre-cut (or someone else cut it up for me), so this has been a much needed learning experience.
that happened to me a while back i cut each one and they were all spoiled.
bad season in puyallup not sure what farmer sold those pieces of poop.
caused me not to purchase them again from winco, although I've gotten good ones from there too so i guess it just a gamble.