Mangoes are the perfect summer fruit. The sticky, sweet fruit can be used in both sticky and savoury dishes, but some people hit a roadblock when it comes to golden stone fruits. Cutting up mangoes is actually really easy, but keep reading if you don't know how.
Time: 2 minutes
Before you do anything, give your mango a good wash. Even though you're not eating the skin it's still a good idea.
Get your knife, and slice off one side of the mango. Keep the knife close to the seed, so that you're getting off most of the mango. This piece is called the 'cheek' of the mango.
Repeat with the other cheek. You should now have three pieces, 2 cheeks and the 1 seed.
Next slice into your mango, creating about 5 or 6 equal portions. Cut down till you reach the skin, but don't cut through it.
Continue this same slicing, but cut in the other direction. You should now have a square pattern cut in your mango.
Hold the two ends of your mango, and push it inside out. You now have a mango 'hedgehog'.
You're not one with your mango seed yet. You should still have two sections of mango attached along the side. Slice these off, keeping close to the seed. These can also be diced, or just eaten as is.
Cut mangoes can be served in their 'hedgehog' forms, or they can be served as is. The diced mango can easily be cut off of the skin, you just need to slide a knife under the small cubes.
It's one of the best ways to enjoy a mango without making a huge mess, and without wasting any of the tasty fruit.
Of course there will still be a bit of mango left on the seed, so grab some paper towel and dig in. It's nice to have a neat alternative, but there's something about having that sweet netar running over your chin and fingers that brings a certain bit of joy.
I’m in my late 60’s now, but this is the same way our father would cut up mangoes when ‘we’ were little kids! A friend who was born in Java, but came to Australia when he was 4, cuts his mangoes some other way, & that also works, but this way, I think is quicker!