By popular demand, I am going to share with you some inside secrets of cutting tropical fruit and how to tell when they are ripe.
Mangos stay green and feel firm as they ripen. I judge when they are ripe by the smell. When they smell fruity and wonderful, they are ripe. If you don't plan to eat it today, place it in the refrigerator where it will stay very well 2-4 weeks. This is a BIG one from our mango tree in the backyard. How fun is that?
Papayas turn from green to slightly yellow and begin to soften when ripe. Get ready to cut it or place it in the refrigerator where it will stay ready for 2-4 weeks.
The easiest way to cut a papaya is to cut it in half the long way. Use a small spoon to scoop out the seeds. Scoop until there is a smooth surface. Then score the inside into squares (all the way to the peel). Use a spoon to scoop out the squares. Basically it is the same as a mango, except the seeds come out differently.
Now for pineapples. First test the ripeness by trying to pull out one of the top inner leaves. If it is ripe, the leaf should pull right out. And certainly the pineapple begins to turn yellow as it ripens. You can also smell the bottom of the pineapple checking for a sweet, almost flowery aroma. Once ripe they keep well in the refrigerator uncut. Some recommend turning the pineapple upside down for at least 30 minutes before cutting. This is supposed to redistribute the sugar inside.
The cut fruit will easily stay fresh in the refrigerator for a week, so enjoy!