Q.

The chemical that is used to ripen mangoes is -

A. Calcium sulphide
B. Calcium carbide
C. Calcium carbonate
D. Calcium chloride
Answer» B. Calcium carbide
Explanation: Calcium carbide is used for artificially ripening fruit. When calcium carbide comes in contact with moisture, it produces acetylene gas, which is quite similar in reaction to the natural ripening agent ethylene. Acetylene acts like ethylene and accelerates the ripening process.
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