I have always been good at being able to tell when a mango is ripe based on the firmness and smell. For the last several batches I have purchased, however, almost every one I cut open is simply not good, with taste nor color. Rather than the deep orange color, I keep getting a yellow hue with browning around the seed:

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It seems as though they go bad even though they never quite ripen. Based on this question, as well as other online content, I have tried to wrap them in newspapers, put them in a bag with a banana, or just let them sit at room temperature for several days. Nothing has seemed to work lately. I don't know if there is a correlation, but it seems like they ripen better in the summer rather than the winter (we are in New Mexico). We keep our house at around 72 F.

Do I keep getting a bad batch, or am I doing something wrong? I would love any advice anyone might have.

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    There are recipes that use unripe mangos - I suggest if you get that kind of "patient" again, look into making a nice achaar or thai mango salad instead of desperately trying to ripen it :) – rackandboneman Jan 13 '18 at 21:30
  • @rackandboneman I never thought of that. Great advice! – T James Jan 13 '18 at 23:51

This happened to me a few weeks ago. Two mangoes just plain would not ripen. I tried the window sill and paper bags. I bought two later and they ripened fine. So I took the first two back. The manager of the fruit department said the pallet is treated with ethylene to ripen the fruit, and sometimes the ethylene does not get to some spots.

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    Well, I bought some from a different grocery store and they seemed to be much better. The part that bothers me is that I had tried approximately 5 different batches from the same location, let's call it a popular wholesale store, and they were all bad. Not sure how they can get away with consistently selling them then.. – T James Jan 15 '18 at 15:46
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    I hope you got a refund. – paparazzo Jan 15 '18 at 15:57

That behaviour is due to being pick very immature at source or held too long in cold during the distribution process. It's either of those.

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Yellow? Mexico has yellow mango's. Different type of mango than were I live. But mango's can be picked very green or unripe. Shipped then gassed before going to the store to be sold. To start to fast ripen Overseas. Gassing could cause that problem.

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