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.