First, when choosing a mango smell the fruit around the stem area, it should give off a strong fruity smell and avoid the mangoes with a sour or alcoholic sent. To tell if a mango is ripe, give it a gentle squeeze on the sides. If it’s ripe, it should give a little bit under your fingers. When they are hard, it’s not ready. If you find your mango to be hard, leave it on the counter and it should ripen in a couple of days. Another way to check if your mango is ripe is to look around the stem and the flesh surrounding it. If it is plump that also indicates it is ready.