We take the mystery out of cutting a mango
Cutting a mango doesn’t have to be a mystery. National Mango Board's Megan McKenna covers all your mango basics - how to select a mango from the grocery store, cut it up and share it wilth your family and friends.
EASY WAYS TO CUT A MANGO
A mango has one long, flat seed in the center of the fruit. Once you learn how to work around the seed, the rest is easy.
Always use a clean knife and cutting board to cut a mango. ALWAYS sanitize your hands, work area, utensils and cutting board before handling or cutting any fruits or vegetables, including mangos, especially if you've handled or cut any type of meat or seafood.
Always wash the mango before cutting.
- Stand the mango on your cutting board stem end down and hold. Place your knife about 1/4" from the widest center line and cut down through the mango. Flip the mango around and repeat this cut on the other side. The resulting ovals of mango flesh are known as the "cheeks." What's left in the middle is mostly the mango seed.
- Cut parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn the mango cheek 1/4 rotation and cut another set of parallel slices to make a checkerboard pattern.
- Here’s where you can choose your favorite method. Either “Slice and Scoop”—scoop the mango slices out of the mango skin using a large spoon—or “Inside Out”—turn the scored mango cheek inside out by pushing the skin up from underneath, and scrape the mango chunks off of the skin with a knife or spoon.
Hint: If you are making a recipe that calls for diced mango, make your cuts in step 2 closer together. The result is small pieces of diced mango and no need to further cut up the mango pieces on your cutting board.
- Slice each side just past the seed.
- Slice flesh without breaking the skin.
- Scoop out slices and enjoy!
Using a mango spliter
- Stand the mango on your cutting board stem end down and hold. Center the Mango Splitter above the mango, with the opening in the splitter aligned with the widest part of the mango.
- Firmly push down to separate the mango flesh from the seed.
- Use the "Slice and Scoop" or the "Inside Out" methods shown above to separate the mango flesh from the skin in cubes, dices or slices.
The mango spliter can be purchased at stores that sell kitchen accessories or online at Amazon
or Chef's Resource.