There is good news for mango lovers! You may soon be able to tell how ripe a mango is without having to taste it as researchers have identified a way to “sniff” the ripeness of the fruit.
They have identified the unique chemical signature of ripening for mangoes, a development that could lead to small hand-held electronic noses to detect the ripeness of not just mangoes but other fruits as well.
Mangoes are one of the most important and popular tropical fruits with India producing approximately 40 percent of the world's supply.
"It is really important for people to be able to tell how ripe fruit is without having to taste it. This is important for fruit producers and supermarkets,” said lead researcher Paul Monks, professor at the University of Leicester in Britain.
The new research, published in the journal Metabolomics, has shown that is possible to 'sniff' the ripeness of mangoes.