When ripe, the Mango varies greatly in size and color, weighing as much as 4 pounds (2 kg) or more. Unable to judge a mango by its color, when ripe it can display bright colorations of yellow, orange, red, or green. Emanating a distinct sweet and resinous smell, ripe mangos can be determined by slightly squeezing them to see if they yield to light pressure.
Unripe, sour mangos are commonly used in chutneys, for pickling, or eaten raw with salt & vinegar as a side dish. Mango pulp can be mixed into a range of delicious juices or smoothies. Ripe mangos are frequently enjoyed in tropical salads, mixed as a salsa or as a sweet addition to the main course.