Organic Vs. Non-Organic Mangoes: All You Need To Know
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Organic mangoes are grown without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilisers, growth hormones, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic farmers instead use natural techniques like crop rotation, composting, and biological pest control. Organic mangoes are not exposed to these synthetic chemicals during the growing process. Proponents of organic produce believe avoiding chemical residues results in a healthier, more nutritious fruit.   

According to a recent study by the National Library of Medicine, organic mangoes have higher antioxidant levels and lower pesticide residue levels compared to conventional mangoes. The strict regulations enforced in organic farming may also promote more sustainable agricultural practices that are better for the environment. On the downside, organic mangoes typically cost more than conventional ones due to the increased labour and lower yields inherent in organic production.  

Conventional mangoes also tend to have a lower price point due to the higher yields and streamlined processes of conventional farms. However, a study by the National Library of Medicine has shown that conventional mangoes have been shown to have higher levels of pesticide residues. There are also environmental concerns about the impacts of chemical runoff from conventional mango farms.  

Artificial Vs Organic Mangoes  

Organic mangoes are sold in organic shops or through people who specify that their mangoes are organic. But even so, there is a need to be able to tell the difference between an artificially ripened mango and a natural one. Taste is the easiest way. Once you have eaten organic mangoes, you won’t feel like eating nonorganic ones. Other distinguishing factors are:  

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In an artificially ripened mango, there will be patches of green. These patches will be clearly distinguishable from the yellow and unlike a naturally ripened mango, they will not have a uniform blend of yellow and green. Another sign is that the mango will have an unnaturally bright yellow colour when compared to a naturally ripened mango.  


When you eat an artificially ripened mango, you will feel a slight burning in your mouth. Some people may even experience severe reactions like a stomachache, diarrhea and burning down the throat.  

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Texture And Colour Of The Pulp  

When you cut open a naturally ripened mango, the pulp will turn a bright reddish yellow, which is uniform. In the case of an artificially ripened mango, it will be a light or dark yellow, indicating that it is not fully ripe. The comparison lies in the fact that the mango will look completely ripe from the outside, but it will not be so on the inside.  


Another indicator is that when you cut a naturally ripened mango, you will find that it will be sweet and have a lot of juice. In the case of artificially ripened mangoes, there will be little or no juice. This is because the ethyl that naturally ripens a mango produces juice, which cannot be formed when the mango is artificially ripened.   

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About Organic Mangoes  

Though mangoes grow best in hot, humid environments, they can be cultivated in many parts of the world. Mangoes meant for commercial sale are often treated with chemical pesticides and fertilisers to maximise yield and consistency. However, a growing number of mango producers are shifting to organic methods. Organic mango farming prohibits the use of any synthetic chemicals and instead relies on natural techniques like composting, crop rotation, and biological pest control.   

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Though more labour-intensive, according to a recent study by the National Library of Medicine, organic mangoes are higher in antioxidants, lower in pesticide residues, and more environmentally sustainable. India is the mango capital of the world, boasting over 1500 varieties, from aromatic Alphonso to buttery Badam. Only a small fraction of India's mango crop is organic. Seeking out these pesticide-free mangoes can be difficult but rewarding for conscious consumers who prioritise health and eco-friendly agriculture. Direct-to-consumer sales models like online grocers are emerging to connect customers to organic Indian mango growers.   

Why Should You Choose Organic Mangoes Over Others?  

Mangoes are a beloved fruit enjoyed around the world. However, modern mango farming practices raise concerns about the health impacts of chemical use. A common technique is applying a growth retardant called Cultar beneath mango tree roots to stimulate flowering. While effective at increasing yields, cultar leaves contain nitrate residues in soil, trees, and fruit that accumulate over years of repeated use.   

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icultural universities support Cultar despite potential long-term consequences like embrittling tree branches. More alarmingly, the effects on humans of consuming chemically grown mangoes are unknown. Organic alternatives like panchakavyam avoid chemicals, though organic farmers may still use limited biopesticides and biofungicides. Additionally, responsible organic farmers wash fruits to reduce ripening and avoid pre-harvest pesticide use, which is advised against but still practiced conventionally.