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Timely Tendings: Know how to get ripe mangoes, avocados

Know when to pick mature mangoes

Leave mangoes on the tree to mature; otherwise, they won't properly ripen. To check for maturity, pick a large one growing in the sun and cut through it lengthwise. The fruit should have flesh around the seed that is turning yellow, indicating it is ready to pick. The other mangoes that are the same size or larger are probably also mature and can be picked to take indoors to ripen.

Don't let avocados stay ripe for long

Avocado varieties ripen at different times of the year. But the main season is July through February. Avocado fruit does not ripen on the tree. Mature fruit ripens three to eight days after it is picked. Storing avocados in the refrigerator delays ripening and allows you to keep fruit for a longer period of time.

Timely Tendings: Know how to get ripe mangoes, avocados 07/11/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 11, 2014 5:44pm]

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