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Black Spots on mangoes - Good or Bad?
Our favorite sweet fruit can develop black spots as they ripen. These spots normally develop around the stem (top) of the mango and a are small in size - like freckles or moles.
Sometimes the dark spots can develop across the small surface area of the mango, this can happen if the sap oozes out from the mango stem and dries on its skin. (These dark spots are small in size and are generally in a line). This doesn’t necessarily mean that the mango is bad. More often than not these spots are superficial and might not impact the taste and the quality of the fruit.
If there are big dark spots across the whole body of the mango, its possible that the fruit has rotten. Also a mango infested or affected by some disease, will develop medium/big dark spots around its body. Mangoes infested by fruit insects can have small holes in it too. these should be rejected.
How to Find Out
The fragrance or smell of a mango is a good indicator of its state (However it needs a trained nose) - a sweet smell will mean its ok, while mangoes turning bad have more sour smells.
The other easy and only foolproof way to ascertain whether the mango is safe to eat or not, is to cut the mango and see if there are any dark spots on the flesh of the mango. If you do see black spots on the inside, then there is a good chance that the mango is turning bad.
However, all is not lost. If only a small portion of the mango flesh has dark spots, you can remove the part which has been affected and the rest of the mango can be eaten. This happens often when mangoes are harvested late in the season - when rain hits them and the moisture makes them discolor. As a summer fruit, the mangoes grow best when they are not hit by the rain. Climate change - the new rain patterns, affected the quality and quantity of our mango harvest.