Are you curious about the fruits that look and taste a little like fresh mango? Mangoes are delicious fruits that many people love eating, but if you’re looking for alternatives, there are a few options out there.
If you’re looking for something similar to a mango, you might want to try papaya, peach, nectarine, apricot, or persimmon. Alternatively, nectarines and guavas are similar to mangoes in terms of flavor.
You’ll never find an exact match for the taste, texture, and appearance of a mango, but there are a surprising number of similar fruits. If you want to replicate the mango flavor for a fruit salad or another dish, you should be able to find something suitable.
Which Fruits Look Like Mangoes?
Mangoes are slightly unusual in terms of their appearance, as they have green and orange skins that are rarely seen in other fruits. They are also an irregular shape, with large pits in the centers, and no other seeds. You probably won’t be able to find another fruit that looks much like a whole, raw mango.
However, there are a few fruits that are somewhat similar, including:
Let’s look at these in more detail.
Papayas probably look more like mangoes than most other fruits. Like mangoes, they are elongated, and they are green when unripe, turning orange as they ripen. They are often not as blotchy as mangoes, but they are otherwise similar in color and shape. They are also about the same size as a mango.
Inside a papaya does not look much like a mango, however. The flesh is the same color, but instead of one large pit, papayas have multiple small seeds that fill the insides of the fruit. These need to be scooped out before the papaya is eaten.
A ripe mayong-chit also looks quite a lot like a mango. It has an oval shape, and it is generally a rich orange or yellow color. The skin is firm and taut and may have a greenish hue when the fruit is unripe.
Mayong-chits are usually smaller than mangoes, however, so you are unlikely to mistake one for the other when it comes to picking these fruits up in a store.
Nectarines don’t look as much like mangoes as papayas or mayong-chits, but they can be similar in terms of their color. Like mangoes, they have smooth, taut flesh, but this tends to be red, rather than orange or green.
They are also smaller and more spherical and they have a dimple where the stem grows, but they are still somewhat similar to a ripe mango. Inside, they have one large pit, which resembles the stone of a mango but is a bit fatter. The flesh of a nectarine looks pretty close to the flesh of a mango.
Like nectarines, a ripe peach can look similar to a ripe mango, although this is probably the least similar of the fruits listed here. Ripe peaches have yellow and orange skins, but these are fuzzy, rather than being smooth like a mango’s skin.
Inside a peach does look like a mango. Again, there is a large, central pit, surrounded by soft, golden flesh.
Which Fruits Taste Like Mangoes?
If you’re trying to replicate the taste of a mango, there are quite a few options. Nothing will give you a perfect mimic, but many fruits are soft, juicy, and very sweet, the way that a ripe mango is. Note that an unripe mango tastes very different, so you will need different options to replace one of those.
Fruits that taste like a ripe mango include:
Any of these might work for replicating a mango’s delicious sweetness, so let’s explore them further.
This tropical fruit is similar in both taste and texture to a mango. It has a slippery, silky mouthfeel and is delightfully juicy, making it a great option if you are making a fruit salad or a smoothie. The flavor isn’t exactly the same as a mango’s, but it isn’t far off.
If you’re a fan of pears as well as mangoes, you might love guavas, which are a wonderful mix of the two. Guava juice is popular, but the fruit is well worth eating too, so don’t pass on it when you can’t get mangoes to enjoy. Guavas are lovely on their own or in fruit salad.
A nectarine is another good alternative, especially if you remove the smooth peel from the fruit before you start eating it. The texture and the taste are both pretty close to that of a mango, so these are ideal if you are looking for a mango substitute.
You might be surprised to learn that apricots can be similar to mangoes. When they are ripe, they become juicy, silky, and sweet. They will stand in well if you can’t get mango for your fruit salad, but make sure that you choose really ripe ones. Unripe ones are dry and won’t taste like mango at all!
For a blend of mango and peaches, you should choose a persimmon. These fruits are gorgeous when they are ripe, and replicate a mango’s luxurious sweetness with ease. There is a slight note of cinnamon to the fruit too, which makes them even more delicious.
Passionfruits are a little more acidic than mangoes are, but they still have a wonderfully sweet and appealing flavor. However, they don’t replicate a mango’s firm texture particularly well. Instead, passionfruits are somewhat slimy and can be mushy. If you prefer a different texture, choose one of the other options, but passionfruits work well in terms of their taste.
A surprising number of fruits taste like mangoes, but not many look much like them – perhaps because mangoes have such an unusual appearance. If you are using mangoes in a recipe, try swapping them for persimmons, guavas, or papayas to get that delicious, tropical flavor in your dish.