Are Mango Seeds Poisonous?

Mango seeds are not poisonous; however, the stem, skin and leaves of mangoes can cause skin irritation in people who are sensitive. People who have had contact dermatitis caused by urushiol, which is found in poison oak and poison ivy, are at the greatest risk for skin irritation from mangoes. Mango seeds are not poisonous to dogs but can cause dangerous blockages of the esophagus or intestines.

The mango is a tropical fruit that grows on trees in parts of Asia. It is one of the most widely grown fruits in tropical regions and is sold around the world. About half the mangoes in the world are grown in India, and most Indian mangoes are consumed in India. China grows the second-highest quantity of mangoes in the world. Andalusia, in southern Spain, has a subtropical climate and is another mango-growing region. It is one of few places in Europe where tropical plants grow. In North America, south Florida and Coachella Valley in California produce mangoes. They are also grown in South America, Hawaii, the Caribbean and other areas in the Southern Hemisphere.

The trees grow to around 130 feet tall and sometimes live more than 300 years. More than 400 species of mango exist, and the fruit ripens in approximately three to six months. Mango fruit varies in size and can be red, green, orange or yellow.