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On Tuesday (Dec. 18) I bought five boxes of mangoes, approximately 50-mangoes in total. All were hard-unripe but seemed fine (flawless). I’ve kept them in a heated room since Tuesday to ripen them, although they remain unripe.

 

The problem is, some of them have developed soft/squidgy areas (bad areas) while the rest of the mango remains unripe. The problem started with three or four but now more than twice that number have developed these bad areas while their bulk remains unripe. I despair!

 

I often have problems with mangoes, in that they never ripen but just go ‘off’. The variety I have had these past few weeks are notorious for this problem (I don’t know the variety because in the UK a mango is a mango, apparently…). In my previous order (of five boxes) some of them were fine and gave me no cause to complain, while a large number had to be thrown away. This is typical and suggests that the problem isn’t caused by anything I’m doing.

 

It seems I’m just throwing my money away order after order, on crap organic fruit which just goes straight into the bin leaving me under-carbed and stressed out. Does anyone know why I’m having this problem; does anyone know why these mangoes go off before ripening? What the hell did the grower/distributor/transporter do to them, or not do to them? See attached images for three example problem mangoes:

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they look very green. try to buy ones that are red/yellow

They are all very green. I'm sure I've had green ones before that did ripen and were fine, but I will be more conscious of it in the future.

 

I didn't have a choice; I placed my order for five boxes with the local wholesaler who ordered them in especially. I had to take what I was given.

dude , put them in a box with dry straw until they ripen (usually for like a week)....they arent supposed to get access to air. 

I haven't any straw. The first four mangoes went (partially) bad quite quickly. Initially I kept the mangoes in a closed motorcycle top-box (in the heated room), and for a few days. Previous mangoes ripened fine in there. For the past day or two I kept the mangoes in a banana box enclosed in plastic (the same plastic that covered the bananas originally). It was after a day in that box that several other mangoes rapidly went partially bad.

I thought many people just left their mangoes out on a counter to ripen?

no heat, just normal room temperature, cardboard box closed from all sides is your answer..do not keep peeking often either to see if they are ripened , kinda breaks the deal.

I find that bananas ripen faster when close to a radiator. I guess it isn't the same with mangoes? The room is only ~25 degrees Celsius  so isn't exactly a sauna. I'll move the mangoes as far away from the radiator as I can. Thanks.

we don't have to ripen them faster, we just have to ripen them perfect :-) 

but i think if the mangoes have been harassed during transportation or anytime before they reach you , there might be problem..sad thing is nothing you can do about it.

Sometimes they are already ripe. Other times it takes a week for them to ripen. And sometimes they need a couple of weeks to ripen. It's an impossible situation because the trade is inconsistent and I never know what I'm going to get, so I can’t plan in advance. The sooner I move to the tropics and grow my own the better. Living in the UK one would need to be a billionaire with a fleet of private aircraft and employees to go collect fruit direct in order to ensure a good supply. It’s ludicrous, and no one cares because Tesco have acres of plastic-packaged synthetic food products at very low prices in thousands of local stores!

Hey you, yes you, stop harassing the mangoes! :D

I feel like this doesn't make any sense. Why would opening the box ruin them? Mangoes in nature ripen in open air.

Oh no!  An 811er's worst nightmare, so sorry!  I wish I knew.  My guess would be they were picked too early.  The industry could not care less if the fruit is actually edible, they only care if it gets sold and most people will buy inedible fruit and never notice.  Most people have their sense of smell and taste buds so messed up from salt and msg and toxic laundry products and air fresheners that are actually designed to act on our sense of smell so that we can't smell anything! :P

It would be great if you could develop a relationship with a buyer to get to know where they are buying from and who grows it etc. 

Some mango types are ripe when they are green, so color isn't always an indication of ripeness. 

You might want to ask a fruit connoisseur like Dr. Graham what he thinks and what he does for fruit, he lives in the UK!  http://www.vegsource.com/talk/raw/

Thanks for that. I've actually met Doug, and I'll think about posting a question for him. But I think you are right in your first paragraph in that as long as the fruit looks right it will be sold (by growers and an industry that doesn't really care). I agree with the points you raised.

 

I've been using the same supplier for more than five years. I keep on asking them for information but they say they do not know. They do not know the varieties of the things I buy, and they are unable to request specific fruits or fruits from specific growers. I'm in the UK and this place is an abyss. Doug seems to like it, but he gets his fruit direct from the large London market(s) I believe, so can pick and choose. I live much further from London than Doug so it isn't really feasible for me to do that. It seems I have to take what I'm given.

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