Mangoes are terrible. They are slimy and stringy. They have a huge pit that doesn’t easily detach from the flesh. They have bitter skin that would make it pretty gross to bite right into one. I mean, what do people like about mangoes anyways? Maybe it’s because they taste like golden drops of sun kissed love gently raining down on your tastebuds… I mean, maybe. That’s the reason I’m gonna go with anyways.
Although, they lack the simplicity of bananas and apples, they are totally worth every fidgety second given to preparing one. Besides, once I got the hang of how to cut a mango, you can practically do it with your eyes closed. Well no, not your eyes, that would be dangerous… You get the point. In fact its actually really easy. So easy that when they are in season I will snap up an entire case of them. This case isn’t for a family of four either, the whole case is pretty much just for me. Andrew may get one mango, if he is lucky…very lucky.
I love tossing them in cereal or oatmeal, in a smoothie, on top of a salad, but my favourite is to just eat mango perfectly fresh and ripe as is.
So lets get to it.
Step one, buy a mango. Aren’t you glad you have me here to guide you?
There are many different varieties of mangos, so the colours, sizes, and shapes may vary, but overall you can tell if a mango is ripe, because it will be slightly soft to the touch, and smell sweet and mango-y delicious
Step two. Set the mango on a cutting board, and carefully slice the bottom and top of the mango off, staying about 1/4 inch away from the stem. Try to cut as close to the pit as possible without cutting the pit up…unless you are into that sort of thing, then by all means, cut up the pit, you pit cutter you.
Step three. take each side of the mango you just removed, and use the tip of your knife to cut a grid shape into the flesh of the mango. Cut all the way to the skin, but not through it. Then pop the mango inside out. Pull, bite, or cut off the mango cubes from the skin. Fun right?
Step four. To get the remaining flesh, use the tip of your knife to poke the pit. Poke your way from the centre towards the skin to find the edges of the pit. You can do this in several areas to make a sort of dotted line around the edge of the pit.
Then using your dotted line guide, remove the remaining flesh from the pit.
When I was a kid my mom would give me the pit to chew on and try to get any last little bits of flesh off. I recommend you do this. It’s delicious. Please have dental floss and a napkin handy.
See, easy right? Welcome to mango love.