Answer: Don't pick your mangoes until they are ripe. Mangoes normally reach maturity in 4 to 5 months from flowering. When the mango is fully-grown and ready for picking, the stem will snap easily with a slight pull. If a strong pull is necessary, the fruit is still somewhat immature and should not be harvested. In the more or less red types of mangoes, an additional indication of maturity is the development of a purplish-red blush at the base of the fruit.
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