You should be able to identify the variety of mango that is in your box using the description below. On your “Box Label,” you will find the name of the mangoes shipped.
Valencia Pride (VP) (large elongated green with a reddish blush)
Hayden (Green, yellow, and red small & round, may have some black spots)
Irwin (Reddish purple with a pointed end)
Cecil (Small green with a pointed end)
Cambodiana (same as Cecil)
J Byrd (large round & reddish)
Kent (medium size green shaped like your actual heart)
Keitt (large green with a slight dimple 1/3 down toward pointed end)
The Mango Factory is a 2nd generation family-owned business and wants you to have the best experience with your mangoes. To get the most from your mango adventures, you will want to know how to choose, ripen and store your mangoes once you get them.
Although our mangoes are not certified as organic, they have not had any harmful chemicals or fertilizers on them in over 20 years, they are as organic as you will ever find, “certified or lacking certification.”
The first step is choosing a great mango. You never judge a mango by color alone. Mangoes come in a range of colors – many shades of green, yellow and red – and lots of mangoes show more than one color. The colors of mango will vary by variety, growing region, and even the mangoes position on the tree. That is because, in some varieties, the red blush on the skin is an indicator of how much sun the mango received. Mangoes from the interior part of the tree can taste just as luscious but may have much less color.
Selecting Mangoes: Squeeze the mango gently with the pads of your fingers. A ripe mango will slightly indent as you press the pads of your fingertips into the fruit. A firmer mango would be a good choice if you do not plan to eat it for several days. Use your experience with peaches and avocados which also become soft to the touch when ripe. Ripe mangoes will often have a fruity aroma at their stem ends. Some “surface spotting” does not affect the taste or quality of the mango.
Ripening & Storage: Keep unripe mangoes at room temperature. We ship our mangoes mature and very firm so that they will not bruise in shipping and not arrive overripe. Never refrigerate mangoes before they are ripe unless you want to slow down the ripening process. Our mangoes are picked mature and will continue to ripen at room temperature (preferably in an air-conditioned space rather than a hot garage), becoming sweeter and softer over a 5-7 day period. Lay them out on the counter or floor and do not leave them in the box. They will not all ripen on the same day. Once they ripen they can be moved to the refrigerator which will slow the ripening process. Whole ripe mangoes may be stored for 5-7 days in the refrigerator after ripening. Mangoes can be peeled, sliced, or cubed and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they can also be frozen for 6 or 7 months. TIP: The ripening process can be speeded up by placing the mango in a brown paper bag and even faster if you put an apple in with it.
Handling & Cutting: Always use a clean sharp knife and a cutting board to cut your mangoes. The knife should not have previously been used to cut meat or seafood. ALWAYS sanitize your hands, work area, utensils, and cutting board.
Always wash mangoes before cutting. The skin of the mango should not be eaten. The mango can be peeled or spooned out of the cheeks on each side of the seed and then “get messy” eating the rest of the mango off the seed. I’ve been told some say it is best to get into the shower and just let the sweet juices flow all over before washing off the delicious golden nectar.
For more details on ways to cut mangoes, we have several videos and mango recipes for you to enjoy.
If you ever get an unsatisfactory mango from us we will replace it if possible or refund your money.
Caution: Some people are allergic to the sap and skin of the mango and break out similar to poison ivy. Do not eat the skin of the mango unless you know you are not allergic to it. Once past the skin or sap, most people do not have any reaction to the fruit itself. If someone who is not allergic does the preparation, they can then enjoy the fruit with no problem. Most people that are allergic can also get by using rubber or vinyl gloves to do the peeling. Always wash your hands thoroughly immediately after handling the mangoes. All that being said: some very sensitive people can not eat the fruit without having a reaction.
Phone 239.283.0830 or email: TheMangoFactory@gmail.com or visit us at 7180 Tropical Ln, Bokeelia FL 33922 (Located on the West Coast of Florida on Tropical Pine Island, Florida with a Bokeelia Post Office address).
Thank you for your order and if we can personally assist you, please contact me by any of the above methods.
Greatly Blessed…Doug & Barbara Flowerree