Do we really need to be told how to cut a mango? In short, yes. I’ll never forget the first time I bought a mango to prepare it for myself. I took it home, washed it, and attempted to cut it – only to have my knife come to a stop about 1/2 through. “Okay,” I thought, “I’ll try cutting through the other side.” Same thing. What the…? I think mine’s broke! I had a momentary freak-out in my kitchen that maybe it was me; maybe I was having such a bad day that I just couldn’t get it together enough to cut a piece of fruit. But I soon realized there was a method to the mango. You have to cut it a certain way because there is a wide, flat pit in the center of the fruit. Turns out it’s pretty simple. Here we go.
Step 1: Hold the mango upright. Use a sharp knife to cut lengthwise, down the side of the mango.
Step 2: Rotate mango 180 degrees and do the same thing on the other side. You should now have your 2 slices, plus the center piece where that crazy flat pit is.
Step 3: Take one of your side slices and score it with your knife – horizontal, then vertical, as shown:
Step 4: Now for my favorite part – turn it “inside out” by pushing up on the skin part, which will make the delicious pieces pop up:
Do the same thing with the other side as well.
Step 5: Use your knife to separate the chunks from the skin:
That’s it! Add to a recipe, top off a cup of yogurt, or eat it raw. Or, do what I do – save the chunks in a ziplock bag and freeze, to easily add to a smoothie.
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