Can You Identify Chemically Ripened Mangoes?

By Saurabh Shukla

Skin Colour

Chemically ripened mangoes display a uniform yellow to orange color with a glossy coat, while natural ones have uneven patches in their coloring.

Smell Test

These mangoes emit a chemical smell, contrasting with the fruity aroma of naturally ripened ones.


They tend to be softer and mushier due to weakened cell structure, unlike naturally ripened ones which strike a balance between firmness and softness.

Sink Test

When submerged in water, naturally ripened mangoes sink, while chemically treated ones float due to alterations in their density.

Bruises and Spots

Chemically ripened mangoes often exhibit excessive bruising and spotting due to the use of chemicals, whereas natural mangoes are less likely to have extensive external damage.

Taste Test

Artificially ripened mangoes have a dull, artificial taste with a bitter aftertaste, whereas natural mangoes offer a sweet and pleasant flavor without bitterness.


Those mangoes that are ripened naturally are juicy, while chemically ripened ones contain minimal to no juice due to compositional alterations.

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