If you have an unripened mango that you would like to eat, there is a technique using the microwave to ripen it. Waiting for fruit to ripen by sitting it on the counter, or in a paper bag, can often take days. Meanwhile, there’s a possibility you may miss the window of opportunity to enjoy the fruit if you wait too long. Using the microwave to ripen your mango provides you with a perfectly-ripened piece of fruit that you can enjoy immediately without having to wait.

Poke a mango with a sharp knife in four areas. This allows steam to escape.

Wrap the mango in a paper towel to keep your microwave clean and evenly distribute the heat.

Place the mango into the microwave for 10 seconds. Take it out and touch it, to feel for ripeness. If it’s soft, cut it and see if it looks and tastes ripe.

Place the mango back into the microwave for another 10 seconds if it’s not ripe enough after the first try. It should be soft and sweet when it’s ripe.


  • A raw mango is hard and has a slight chemical taste.