How to Cut a Mango: A Photographic Guide

by valentina on May 16, 2012

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I’m in the mood to celebrate the beauty of a mango.

It might be because I met some lovely people from the National Mango Board a couple weeks ago at Camp Blogaway.

Or perhaps it’s because those same lovely people sent me a box of absolutely gorgeous mangoes. 

I think the most likely though, is that I’m always in the mood to celebrate the beauty of a mango.  I simply adore them.  Inside and out.

Holding the mango in place on a cutting board, cut just off the center line, lengthwise.  (The pit is flat, and is similar in shape to the mango.)  Imagine the side surface of your knife almost brushing the side of the pit.
Repeat this process on the mango’s other side.  You’ll have two halves, and a flat center portion of the mango that includes the pit.
To cut the mango into slices, use a paring knife to make lengthwise cuts into the mango flesh — touching the inside of the skin, but not cutting through it.
To dice the mango, use a paring knife to make lengthwise cuts into the mango flesh, — touching the inside of the skin, but not cutting through it.  Then make the same size slices horizontally — again, not cutting through the skin.
Use a large metal spoon to gently scoop out the sliced or diced mango.
To get the mango flesh from around the pit, lay the center piece flat, and use a paring knife to cut the fruit off the pit, towards the edges.
Or, do what I do.  Eat this part right off the pit!
There’s nothing quite like a perfect (and perfectly prepared) mango!

For tons of fantastic information about mangoes,  please go visit my lovely new friends at the National Mango Board!

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MImi Avocado May 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Love your photos! AND love those mangoes!

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valentina May 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Mimi, Avocados are next! ;-)

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Geez Louise! May 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

perfect, I’m going to link to it in this weeks recipes that are going out.
Happy Wednesday!

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valentina May 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

thank you, Louise!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

It is such a nightmare for me to cut a mango so this tutorial is incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!

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valentina May 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Chung-Ah — so happy this is helpful to you! Thanks for your comment!

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sippitysup May 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

You for got to say “Tah-dah” at the end! GREG

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Jenny May 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

eating around the pit is the only way to go! great little tutorial…

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marla May 19, 2012 at 2:37 am

A great post + one I very much needed as I have 3 ripe mangoes to slice tomorrow :)

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Blanca May 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Oh Lady you have me cracking up! I wasn’t expecting the bitten mango at the end. That’s exactly how we eat mangos at our house =) Yum!

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