The juicy mango is arguably one of the sweetest the tropics have to offer, but freeing the soft fruit from its thick skin can be tough. Here’s how to cut a mango properly to get the most from your fruit:
How to clean a mango
Hold the whole fruit under cool running tap water. Rub it gently with your hands as you rinse it. You may also use a clean vegetable brush to scrub the surface of the mango. Don’t be overly concerned, since you won’t be eating the skin.
How to peel and slice a mango
Don’t try to remove the skin right away! Instead, slice the fruit and then scoop it from the peel.
Step 1: Make the first cut.
Lay fruit on the counter, then turn so the top and bottom are now the sides. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise cut as close to the long, flat seed as possible to remove each side of the fruit. Trim fruit away from the seed.
Step 2: Make criss-cross cuts.
Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, being careful not to cut through the skin.
Step 3: Invert the peel and cut.
Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut fruit off at the skin with a knife.
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Mangoes are the most widely consumed fruit in the world! This sweet fruit has been cultivated in India and South Asia for 4,000 years, and is now common in grocery stores across America. Not only is this juicy fruit delicious, it’s loaded with vitamins C, A and B6, and is good for your heart, eyes, and even helps your complexion. Keep clicking for some amazing ways to eat mango!