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How to identify carbide ripened mangoes ?

How to identify Carbide Ripened Mangoes?

There are multiple questions ask by the customer and hence thought that let's make this information in the public domain.

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There was one customer Adwait from Pune till now they were eating mangoes from typical hawkers who come near their Home or Office and they use to see the mangoes and then they use to negotiate and buy and vendor used to say this is chemical-free Alphonso mango.

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Once in a similar purchase, he bought the Alphonso Mangoes 2 dozen box and when he reached home he opened the box he found the small pouch of some powder when he googled it was Calcium Carbide powder. He had a question like :

  • How to detect calcium carbide in fruits

  • How to identify carbide ripened mangoes

  • How to identify carbide ripened mangoes

  • How to remove carbide from fruits

  • How to remove carbide from fruits

  • Mango ripening by carbide

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  • Ripening mangoes using carbide

  • Ripening mangoes with carbide

Technically or traditionally Alphonso Mangoes are ripened after Gudi Padwa that is in the first week of April not before that all those mangoes which are not ripe mango on the tree.

Fruits such as Alphonso mango are like gold mines for many due to its Taste, Colour, Aroma and sold at nasty prices, Also Alphonso Mango is either near ripe on the tree or manually ripen thru two process either through the natural chemical-free process where Grass haystack and handling of mangoes is required. While others are using chemicals like calcium carbide. 

There are certain Mango sellers who just want to cut down the cycle of mango ripening which is of nearly 8 to 10 days before it reaches you (Please refer Mango ripening chart) so there are certain people or mentalities who are in market to earn more there are certain players or lobby who purchase Unripe Mangoes and Ripen mangoes using calcium carbide technically any chemist knows it as Calcium Carbide (CaC2). Using Calcium carbide is illegal or banned for use by the government for mangoes as it could lead to cancer. While naturally ripened Alphonso Mango is known for best health results for cancer patients as Mangoes is rich with Nutrients, Mineral & Vitamins with aroma and taste. 

Calcium Carbide is illegal by the FDA under the FSSR 2011 & FSSA 2006 which is very harmful to the health of human beings. Calcium is a carcinogenic substance which is very dangerous for human being and may cause cancer we should actually refrain eating mangoes ripened with carbide. This mangoes as per doctors have been strictly banned by doctors due to harmful medical effects on the human body but potentially it is very harmful.

How to detect Alphonso Mangoes ripened using calcium carbide

  • Artificially Ripened Mangoes using Calcium Carbide
    • When Artificially ripened Alphonso Mangoes are dropped in a bucket of water they will float on the water
    • Artificially ripened mangoes with calcium carbide weigh less, and they are less juicy to taste
    • By Detection of Acetylene gas  CH₂ because Alphonso Mango release acetylene gas if Calcium carbide is used for ripening mangoes
    • Match Stick test light a match stick bring it near the box of Alphonso Mango which is ripened using calcium carbide it may catch fire or sparkles traces is present in Alphonso Mango surface

Caution does not attempt this test in the proximity of the whole crate of Alphonso Mango as due to usage of calcium carbide it releases a good amount of acetylene gas which may lead to an explosion so be careful while lifting the match stick test near Alphonso Mango with calcium carbide.


    • Chemical Test Reagent Solution 1 Chemical Test by preparing reagent solution of Cupric Chloride (CuCl2 ) 1.5 gm,  Ammonium Chloride (NH4Cl ) 3 gm in 20 ml of Ammonia solution dilute this solution to make it to 50 ml

Reagent Solution 2 mix hydroxylamine hydrochloride (HONH2·HCl) in 50 ml water

Test Solution it is mixture of Reagent solution 1 – 20ml and Reagent Solution 2 – 40 ml take a Whatman no. 1 filter paper dip it in test solution place this Whatman no 1 paper near pile of Mango or alphonso mango box or storage whichever you want to taste now Acetylene gas which is generated due to usage of calcium carbide on your Alphonso Mangoes will start to reaction on Whatman no 1 paper and start to change the Whatman no 1 paper color to brownish-purple or reddish-brown due to acetylene gas released by Alphonso Mangoes that indicates that your mangoes are ripened using Calcium carbide

  • Another method is Alphonso Mango fruit starts to get black patches in 2 to 3 days due to the usage of calcium carbide for ripening of Mango fruit.
  • Traces of white color powder of arsenic traces are found on the mango fruit if Calcium Carbide is applied then there will be traces of arsenic powder white powder.
  • Carbide turns the Alphonso Mango fruit to yellow or saffron color but the inner section remains unripe the flesh of Alphonso Mango but sweetness and moisture are missing as carbide kill sugar content from Alphonso Mango nutrients.
  • Naturally Ripened Alphonso Mangoes

  • When naturally ripened Alphonso Mangoes are dropped in a bucket of water they sink down in the water. That means they are naturally ripened or ripened using natural plant hormones ethylene
  • Naturally ripened Alphonso Mangoes weigh more and more juicy with exact moisture 
  • When Alphonso Mango is naturally ripened it is best to the heavenly taste 
  • At Alphonsomango.in we always use the natural ripening process using grass haystack and changing the positions in a godown in airy locations at Ratnagiri and Devgad only. Alphonsomango.in  farmer team always ripe mango on the tree and then only deliver it to the customer as it is a more mature decision for mango fruit with taste, aroma, and color.