Two Simple Methods for Slicing a Mango!

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Learning the proper method for cutting a mango opens up a world of mouthwatering culinary possibilities. Find out how to recognize a perfectly ripe mango, then master several simple techniques for removing the skin and slicing the fruit. Have some as a sweet treat, or use it in salsas, smoothies, or even rice for a different meal.  

A mango half that has been cut into large chunks.

Mangoes are in season right now, so my husband recently asked me to pick up a few at the supermarket.

I agreed to try it even though I wasn't particularly excited about it, as I wasn't familiar with this fruit.

I was intrigued as I watched him meticulously prepare this brightly colored fruit by cutting, peeling, and dicing it.

Mangoes, in case you didn't know, are the absolute BEST.

Because of their natural sweetness and tender texture, they make for a satisfying and guilt-free dessert to round out a meal.

Make a Mango Green Smoothie or try your hand at Homemade Mango Avocado Salsa with them. Mango Lassi is a delicious drink that you must try right away if you have never had it before.

To add insult to injury, there are two incredibly simple methods by which you can cut and peel them in under five minutes, even if the prospect of doing so fills you with dread.

Four ripened mangos with their stems. A whole mango, a piece of mango with the pit and stem, and a slice of mango cheek.

To define Mangoes, we must first ask:

Mangoes, along with other stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines, are a type of tropical fruit. Tree-grown, they are most commonly found in the tropical regions of South Asia, specifically India and China.

The structure of a mango consists of an inedible, papery skin, a juicy pulp, and a papery, oblong pit that runs through the center of the fruit.

They can be used as a sweetener in dishes like Mango Salsa and Sticky Mango Rice, or enjoyed on their own.

Picking a Perfect Mango

Mangoes are available all year round in the United States, but their peak season is from May to August. June-July that time of year being their most productive

Like avocados and peaches, mangoes are best judged by their texture rather than their color when trying to determine whether or not they are ripe.

Firmly but gently pressing on a mango can reveal whether or not it is ready to be eaten. It is ripe and ready to eat if it yields just slightly to gentle pressure.

As its ripeness progresses, a mango's stem end will release an aroma that is slightly sweet and fragrant.

Keeping mangoes at room temperature for a few days will allow them to ripen on their own.

If you want to speed things up a little, you can put the mango in a sealed paper bag for 2 days.

The fruit can be refrigerated for up to a week once it has reached peak ripeness.

A glass bowl full of cut and diced ripened mango.

Mango Slicing Guide

A good, ripe mango has been chosen; now it can be prepared by peeling, cutting, slicing, and/or dicing.

Two distinct approaches exist for slicing a mango.

Have a Knife Ready

One can identify a mango by the long, thin pit that runs lengthwise through its flesh. Here are the directions for slicing the mango in half and extracting the cheeks:

The cheeks should be slashed.   The stem side of the mango should be facing up on the cutting board. To the right of the midline, insert a sharp knife about a quarter of an inch. Make vertical slits in the fruit from top to bottom. To finish, do the same thing on the mango's left side. You should now have three slices of mango, two cheeks and one middle with the pit. )

Slice the muscle. The mango should be held in the non-dominant hand while vertical cuts are made into the flesh with a small paring knife.   Ensure that you don't sever the skin completely when cutting. Flip the fruit on its side and make a series of crosswise vertical cuts.   The process must be repeated with the second mango cheek.

Cutting just to the right of the midline of a mango to remove the cheek. Make an incision with a knife next to the core. Making horizontal cuts into a mango flesh with a paring knife to dice it. Prepare an inverted grid by cutting on both cheeks

Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty by cutting, peeling, or spooning the meat. Y You can use a paring knife, your thumb, or a spoon to cut the mango into bite-sized pieces.   Cut, push, or scoop off the flesh at the point where it meets the skin.

A thumb pressing between the mango flesh and skin to remove the fruit. Open the mango up with your hand after cutting it. Scooping out cut mango with a spoon to remove the fruit. Remove the mango's skin using a spoon. Removing mango pieces with a knife. For easy dismantling, a sharp knife is required when working with mango.

Trim the mango flesh from around the stone. There could possibly be salvageable mango remnants near the stone. To get here, insert your paring knife under the skin of the midsection section and use it to make a thin, even cut between the flesh and the skin. Continue slicing and scraping away mango meat until only the pit remains.  

A small knife removes the peel from a wedge of mango. Remove the pit from the wedge and slice it open. A wedge of mango with the pit is sliced up. Remove the unusable mango flesh with a knife.

A vegetable peeler should be used.

If the preceding seems overly complex, you can always try this alternative method instead. The basic procedures are as follows:

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Peel the mango completely with a vegetable peeler.

Cheek cuts Cut the mango in half lengthwise, stem end up, and use a small paring knife to remove the right and left cheeks.

A ripe mango has the skin peeled away. To remove the skin, peel it with a vegetable peeler. A hand holding a mango firmly while cutting it in half. Use a sharp knife to cut the mango along its pit.

Chop the fruit into small pieces.   Chopping the mango cheeks to the desired size involves placing them flat-side down on a cutting board.

A knife making cuts across the mango while firmly holding it on a cutting board. Cut the mango in half lengthwise. Dicing mango fruit with a knife for a salsa recipe. Cube the mango and set it aside.

The mango must have the excess flesh removed from around the pit. Scoop out the pit and dice up the remaining edible flesh.

A small paring knife removes the edible mango from around the pit. Cut out the pit from the mango and eat the flesh.

Food Preparation and Preservation

Approximately 1.5 cups of fruit can be obtained from one medium-sized mango. For later consumption, consider the following:

  • In advance, peel and dice your mango as described above.
  • Mango can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two to three days after being cut, diced, or sliced.
  • For best results, freeze the fruit for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours after cutting it and arranging it in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap. Mango pieces can be frozen and stored in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag for up to a year.

A measuring cup full of freshly cut mango showing that one medium mango equals roughly 1 1/2 cups of fruit.

Mangoes are a wonderful fruit because they are tasty and nutritious. As a result of their high nutrient and antioxidant content, they can improve one's health in many ways.

One cup of mango has these nutrients:

  • Energy: 99 calories
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Carbs: 24 7 grams
  • Fiber: 2 6 grams
  • Protein: 1 4 grams

Mangoes, like other fruits, are rich in essential nutrients. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin C can be met by eating just one cup of the fruit. They contain beneficial levels of nutrients like copper and folate and the B vitamins B6, A, E, and K.

A glass bowl full of cut and diced ripened mango.

Mango: safe for dogs?

Oops Did your dog pick up a dropped mango from the floor? Don't stress about it Mangoes, in moderation, are fine for canine diets.

Does the skin of a mango taste good?

Mango skin is not something you should eat. It's not toxic in the traditional sense, but it does have urushiol, the oil that causes poison ivy rash.

Does anyone know if mangoes are good for you?

Mangoes are fat-free but loaded with nutrients like natural sugar, fiber, and potassium. If you're not on a strict diet, mango is a wonderful sweet treat. Mangoes are high in carbohydrate and sugar, so those on a low-carb, keto, or diabetic diet may want to avoid them.

  • A ripe mango should be selected. Whenever a mango is at its peak of ripeness, it will have a gentle yield and an enticing scent.
  • Quicken the pace The mango will ripen more rapidly if kept in a paper bag at room temperature.
  • Get cheeky Remove the cheeks in a straight line from the chin. The mango's shape reveals the direction in which the pit is running.
  • Use it all You must not forget the pit of the mango. Always, there's a bit more fruit near the core.
  • Savory and sugary This fruit can be used in a wide variety of dishes, from appetizers to desserts.

A bowl full of mango salsa with chunks of avocado, cilantro, red onion, and lime juice.

This delightful fruit is great as a standalone dessert or snack, but it also has a number of healthy applications.

A glass bowl full of cut and diced ripened mango.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Conventional Approach:

  1. Mangoes are characterized by a central pit that runs lengthwise. Cutting off the mango's right and left cheeks will prevent this from happening.
  2. Mango cheeks can be cut by placing the fruit, stem side up, on a cutting board. Just slightly right of the midline, insert a sharp knife. Make vertical slits in the fruit from top to bottom. Just like before, do the same thing with the mango's left side. At this point, you should have three slices of mango: two cheeks and one middle slice that includes the pit. )

  3. The easiest way to dice a mango is to use a smaller pairing knife and your non-dominant hand to hold the mango while you make vertical cuts into the flesh using the knife. Be cautious not to sever the skin completely when cutting. Flip the mango 90 degrees and cut vertically in a crosshatch pattern that intersects the previous cuts. Now do the same with the other mango cheek.

  4. Mango pieces can be removed using a paring knife, your thumb, or a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Cut, push, or scoop the flesh away from the skin by inserting your tool there.

  5. Some extra mango could possibly be salvaged from the area around the pit. To get to this, pierce the skin of the midsection section with a paring knife and use the knife to cut between the flesh and skin.  

  6. Mango pit removal entails slicing the fruit open and scraping out as much of the flesh as possible, leaving only the pit.

A Different Approach (a Vegetable Peeler)

  1. If you're too nervous to use a paring knife while holding the mango in your hand, there's another option.
  2. Use a Vegetable Peeler to Take Off the Skin: Peel the Mango's Skin.

  3. Mango Cheek Removal: Hold the mango by its stem and use the method outlined above to cut off the right and left cheeks.

  4. Cut the flesh into cubes by placing the mango cheeks, flat side down, on a cutting board and dicing or chopping it to the size you prefer.

  5. Mango Waste? Dice Up That Extra Flesh Around the Pit!

Approximately 1.5 cups of fruit can be obtained from one medium-sized mango. Here are some suggestions for storing it if you won't be eating it right away:

  • To prepare ahead of time, peel and dice your mango as described above.
  • Mango can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two to three days after being cut, diced, or sliced.
  • Put the fruit in a single layer on a baking sheet, cover it with plastic wrap, and put it in the freezer for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Mango pieces can be frozen and stored for up to a year in the freezer if they are placed in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag.

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