How do you know if a mango is bad?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how do you know if a mango is bad” with an in-depth analysis of different ways to spot a bad mango. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of mangos.

Mango is a nutrient-dense food which means that it contains a lot of nutrients without many calories. It Al’s contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibers, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, vitamin E, vitamin K, niacin, riboflavin, copper, folate, potassium, manganese, thiamine, and magnesium, and small amounts of phosphorus, pantothenic acid, calcium, selenium, and iron. All of these nutrients are known for providing several health benefits.

So if you are wondering which indicators you should keep in mind to tell whether or not this nutritious fruit has gone bad, you need not worry as we are going to tell you exactly that.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How do you know if a mango is bad?

You should consider the appearance, texture, and smell of mango to give a final verdict about whether or not mango has gone bad.


If you spot a mold or some organic growth on your mango, then the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of the whole mango.

Moreover, molds can also produce mycotoxins in mangos that have gone bad and if you consume or even inhale these mycotoxins they can disturb your gut flora and can weaken your immune system.

It is worth mentioning that if there are holes in the mango, then it is recommended to discard such a mango due to safety concerns. Last but not least, if you spot some dark-colored spots or soft spots on your mango then you can cut those parts of the mango but if the spots are really large then it is better to discard the whole mango.


Fresh raw mangos are firm to touch. So if you feel something slimy, gooey, or if the mango is mushy, limp, or if there is some fluid oozing out of it then it is an indication of a bad mango and you should discard it.

Moreover, bruises or soft spots on the mango are also indications that the mango is past its prime time.


If you smell a sour or alcoholic smell while taking a sniff test of your mango then it is better to get rid of such mango.

You should consider the points mentioned above while making a final verdict on whether or not the mango is suitable to consume.

Health implications of eating bad mango

Eating a bad mango can put you at the risk of many food-borne illnesses, especially food poisoning. Eating spoiled mango in a large quantity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps.

A mild food poisoning lasts for about a day or two while a more persistent case of food poisoning can last for about 10 days.

So in case you have devoured bad mango and are now suffering from vomiting and diarrhea,  you should try to drink as much water as possible so that while the body is getting rid of the toxins in form of diarrhea and vomiting, the water that you drink will protect your body against dehydration that vomiting can otherwise result in.

Moreover, the symptoms of severe and potentially life-threatening food poisoning involve diarrhea persisting for more than 3 days, fever higher than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, symptoms of severe dehydration, and bloody urine. In such a case, you should seek medical help immediately.

Shelf life of mango

Fresh whole mango (ripe yellow mango) has a shelf life of about 5 days when stored properly in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. On the other hand, if you are storing your ripe mangoes at room temperature, they only last for about 2-3 days.

Once you have sliced or cut the mangos, their shelf life decreases owing to the now large exposed surface area and the sliced mangos last for only about 3-4 days when stored in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it comes to unripe mangoes, they take about 1-7 days to ripen. Moreover, it is recommended to store unripe fruits at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat. Moreover, when these mangoes ripen, it is recommended to store them in the fridge where they can stay good for about 5-14 days.

If you want to further prolong the shelf life of mangoes, you can store the peeled and diced mangoes in the plastic zipper bag and they can stay good for about 6 months in the freezer.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of mango and within this time you can enjoy the best quality of the mango.

You can read how to make mango pineapple slushie here.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “how do you know if a mango is bad” with an in-depth analysis of different ways to spot a bad mango. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of mangos.


Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.