How to Cut a Mango

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Mangos, delicious in smoothies, luscious in salsa, can be a slimy, slippery challenge to cut. The best way to go about it is to start first with a ripe, but still firm fruit. If the mango is too ripe, it will be a mushy mess, and hard to cut into pieces, though easy enough to scoop out for pulp.

How to Cut a Mango

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe, but still firm, mango

Method

1 The mango has a flat-ish oblong pit in the center of it. Your objective is to cut along the sides of the pit, separating the flesh from the pit.

Holding the mango with one hand, stand it on its end, stem side down. Standing up the mango up like this you should be able to imagine the alignment of the flat, oval pit inside of it. With a sharp knife in your other hand, cut from the top of the mango, down one side of the pit.

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Then repeat with the other side. You should end up with three pieces: two halves, and a middle section that includes the pit.

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2 Take a mango half and use a knife to make lengthwise and crosswise cuts in it, but try not to cut through the peel. Invert the mango half so that the cut segments are sticking out like a hedgehog.

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3 At this point you may be able to peel the segments right off of the peel with your fingers. Or, you can use a small paring knife to cut away the pieces from the peel.

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4 Take the mango piece with the pit, lay it flat on the cutting board. Use a paring knife to cut out the pit and remove the peel. You may be able to extract a little extra mango from around the pit.

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Links:

Wikipedia on mangoes

How to Cut a Mango

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  • Angeline

    The bast way to eat a mango is in the bath! That way you can get all that lovely flesh, including all the yummy stuff around the pip. You can be safe in the knowledge that no one will see you and therefore not care how messy it gets. Totally deluxe, everyone should try it.

  • Caleb Van Horn

    I have always had a hard time figuring out the best way to cut a mango. However, this method works great, thank you for the tip!

  • Anna at the Good Food Room

    Great description of a slippery process :) I have used your guidance and advice for my today’s recipe. Thank you!

  • DONNA

    Can’t wait to try this recipe…I live in the Dominican Republic in a pueblo that has as many mangos (and limes) as cities have cars.

    Cut and peel?…no no no… they pick them up off the ground or knock one off a tree by throwing a rock at it and then dig thier teeth in and pull the skin back, now the juicy fruit is exposed for eating.
    Hey what’s the matter with getting your hands dirty that why we have the expression “it is finger licking good!”

  • TiN

    You can also scooped out the mango flesh using a drinking glass.Just slice the mango then slide it into the glass and cut it. =)

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