As you might have guessed, the way mangoes are stored depends on whether they are ripe or not.
Green mangoesshould be kept at room temperature and not in the refrigerator. At room temperature, the fruits will continue to ripen and become sweeter and softer over a few days. To speed up the ripening process, place the mangoes in a paper bag at room temperature.
Once the mango gives in a little to the touch, it is ready to eat. It is important to never store unripe mangoes in the fridge. Doing so ruins their maturation cycle, so they don't receive the right signals to mature. If left too long, they can start to rot from the inside without maturing.
While a mango that isn't yet ripe often lacks the juiciness and explosion of sweet, fruity flavors that mangoes are known for, overripe mangoes actually start to ferment and tend to taste and smell bitter. Keep in mind that overripe mangoes can be eaten if you don't have a sensitive stomach and generally don't react to mangoes. In conclusion, it is important to store unripe mangoes at room temperature and not in the refrigerator. Doing so will ensure that they ripen properly and don't spoil before they reach their peak flavor. Overripe mangoes can still be eaten, but they may not taste as good as when they are ripe.