Learning how to cut a mango is easy, and essential if you want to get the most out of this incredibly delicious, tropical fruit!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, and they sent me a box of absolutely gorgeous mangoes.
I think most likely though, I’m always in the mood to celebrate the beauty of a mango. I simply adore them.
Mangoes have a big, flat pit in the center, which means they need to be cut differently than many other fruits with round pits.
How to Cut a Mango
Step 1: Hold the mango in place on a cutting board, and cut just off the center line, lengthwise.
(Remember, the pit is flat. It’s a similar in shape to the mango.)
Imagine the side surface of your knife almost brushing the side of the pit.Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.Step 4: 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.Step 5: Use a large metal spoon to gently scoop out the sliced or diced mango.
You can make the dice any size you like, and if you don’t scoop the fruit with a spoon, you can almost turn the skin inside out for this pretty presentation.Step 6: 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!
Here are a few delicious recipes with mangoes for you to try:
- Mango Avocado Chipotle Salsa
- Pesto Mango Avocado Stack
- Chipotle Mango Quesadilla
- Baked Coconut Mango Chicken