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Do Vitamin C level in foods change when they are rippen??

Research has shown that vitamin C levels increase in some fruits as they ripen. These include mango, papaya and honeydew. Changes in vitamin C have not been studied in all fruits, but flavor changes significantly as fruits ripen, and vitamin C is a major contributor of flavor in many fruits so it may be that vitamin C commonly increases with ripeness.
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  1. Mangoes are in the same family as poison ivy, as are Cashews and Pistachios.

    You can find out how to cut a mango in our video center here: https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/video/VideoCenter.php?Auto=1&start=0&Video=100&txtsearch=’cutting%20mango’

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