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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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
3. Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, being careful not to cut through the skin.
4. Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut fruit off at the skin with a knife.