It’s true, I had no idea how to cut a mango. Despite seeing those fancy mango cubes on those ever-so-neatly cut mango halves, mine ended up a squishy mess and only slightly-edible. Since mango is the only fruit my darling daughter will eat, learning how to cut one (without cutting my own fingers off) was a necessity. Here’s how to do it:
- Stand the mango up, stem side down, with one hand.
- Cut almost from the center, about 1/4” over on either side, down. (Hint: The trick to remember here is that you want to avoid that long, flat pit in the center of the mango. This was not something I was aware of the first time I attempted such feat. Live and learn.)
- If you did step 2 correctly, you’re probably quite giddy at this point, because you see mango chunks in your near future. Cut vertical strips through the mango while it’s still in the skin, but do not go all the way through the skin itself. Now, rotate the mango and cut strips in the other direction without going through the skin. What do you have? Cubes!
- Very carefully, push the back of the mango up and out as you hold it with both hands. The cubes will pop up and you will be able to easily remove them for snacking, fruit salad, mango salsa, and, of course, smoothies. Enjoy!