Mangoes are known for their rich and aromatic terpene profiles, which contribute to their distinctive scent and flavor. While it is possible to extract terpenes from mangoes, it’s important to note that this process is more commonly associated with the cannabis industry, where terpenes are often extracted for use in products like vape cartridges and concentrates. Below is a simplified method for extracting terpenes from mangoes:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Ripe mangoes
- Knife and cutting board
- Citrus zester or grater
- Glass jar with a tight-sealing lid
- Cheesecloth or coffee filter
- Solvent (e.g., ethanol or alcohol)
- Select Ripe Mangoes:
- Choose ripe mangoes with a strong aroma, as they are likely to have a higher terpene content. The specific mango variety can also influence the terpene profile.
- Wash and Cut Mangoes:
- Wash the mangoes thoroughly. Cut the mangoes into small pieces, including the peel and flesh. The peel contains some of the terpenes.
- Zest the Mango:
- Using a citrus zester or grater, carefully remove the zest (outer peel) of the mango pieces. Be cautious not to include the bitter white pith beneath the zest.
- Collect Zest in a Jar:
- Place the mango zest in a glass jar with a tight-sealing lid.
- Add Solvent:
- Pour a solvent (e.g., ethanol or alcohol) into the jar with the mango zest. The solvent will extract the terpenes from the zest.
- Seal the Jar:
- Seal the jar tightly to prevent evaporation of the solvent and to allow the terpenes to extract over time.
- Shake and Wait:
- Shake the jar gently to mix the mango zest and solvent. Allow the mixture to sit in a cool, dark place for a few days to several weeks, depending on how strong you want the terpene extraction to be. The longer it sits, the more terpenes will be extracted.
- Filter the Extract:
- After the desired extraction time, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or coffee filter into another clean container using a funnel. This will separate the liquid extract from the mango zest.
- Store the Terpene Extract:
- Transfer the filtered terpene extract to a glass vial or container with a tight-sealing lid. Store it in a cool, dark place.
- Use with Caution:
- Terpenes extracted from fruits or other sources can be highly concentrated and potent. Use them sparingly and in accordance with safety guidelines. They are often used in small quantities to add flavor and aroma to various products.
It’s important to note that this method extracts a mixture of compounds from the mangoes, including terpenes, and the resulting extract may not be as pure as terpenes isolated through more specialized processes. If you plan to use these terpenes for any specific purpose, make sure you understand the potential risks and safety precautions associated with the use of solvents and concentrated terpene extracts.