Best Way to Cut a Mango

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    Mangoes are an all-time favorite in many homes, and that's why it is sometimes called the King of fruits. This tropical, summer fruit is renowned for its sweet, creamy, juicy and fleshy nature and it is quite popular for making fresh juice and smoothies. 

    Besides, the fruit is rich in nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C and potassium, and comes in a wide range of varieties thus giving fruit-lovers several options when it comes to making nutritious pudding or dessert.

    Nevertheless, whether you are planning to eat mangoes to beat the summer heat, or you want to enjoy their nutritional value, you need to cut the mango first before you can consume it.

    Now, mangoes can be delicious to eat, but they are very annoying to cut. In any case, these succulent fruits usually have a big oblong pit in the middle that is somehow difficult to cut around. Moreover, choosing an extremely ripe mango does not help matters, as this could leave you with a mushy mess, as you try to cut it into pieces.

    So what is the best way to cut a mango?

    Well, we have rounded up six different ways to cut a mango easily. These methods will allow you to slice and enjoy this delicious fruit without wasting the fleshy part. So gather your tools and let’s begin.

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    ​Method 1: Slice and Scoop Method

    One of the easiest ways to cut a mango is by using the slice and scoop method. This method is comparatively less-involving since you only need to slice your mango vertically into two halves and scoop the fleshy part with a spoon.

    Here are the steps:

    1. Wash your mango under running tap water by rubbing it gently with your hands. You may use a vegetable brush if the mango requires thorough cleaning.
    2. Stand the mango on a clean cutting board with the tallest side upright while holding it with your non-dominant hand.
    3. Pick a small paring knife, a chef’s knife or a serrated edge knife with your dominant hand and slice the mango just past the pit/seed to make two parallel slices on either side of the seed.
    4. Use the paring knife to make vertical cuts in the flesh without cutting the skin.
    5. Take a spoon and scoop out the cut pieces of mango. You may scoop out smaller spoonfuls if you wish to eat your mango as a snack.
    6. You may also scoop the pieces of mango out using a cup. Simply place the rim of the cup down on your mango and pull using equal pressure to scoop out the mango pieces.
    7. If you do not want to use a cup or a spoon, you can use the paring knife to slice off the pieces of mango onto a plate

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    ​Method 2: Hedgehog Method

    The hedgehog method is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to cutting a mango. Also known as cubing, this method is quite similar to the slice and scoop technique described above and it is the most fun since it entails converting your mango into a hedgehog.

    As with the slice and scoop method, you have to cut the flesh of the mango without cutting through the skin. But this time, the cuts should form crosshatch pattern cubes rather than vertical slices.

    Here are the steps:

    1. Wash and rinse your mango under running tap water. Rub the mango gently with your hands as you rinse to ensure it is clean before cutting.
    2. Place the mango standing on a chopping board.
    3. With a small paring knife, slice the mango just past the pit/seed to make two parallel slices on either side of the seed.
    4. Use the knife to score the flesh of the mango and make crosswise cuts without cutting through the skin of the mango.
    5. Press the back of the mango cheek and turn the flesh inside out to form a hedgehog’s back.
    6. Using a paring knife or a chef’s knife, trim the formed cubes out of the skin of the mango. Be careful not to cut your hand, as the skin of the mango is extremely thin.
    7. Cut around the seed as well and peel off the skin from the remaining flesh.

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    ​Method 3: Corn-on-the-Cob Method

    Corn on the cob is a term used in cooking to describe sweet maize when cooked and eaten directly from the cob. You have to pierce the ear of the corn using a holder to make it easier to cook and eat the corn directly from the cob.

    When it comes to cutting a mango, a corn on the cob holder is inserted in either end of the mango before cutting hence its name.

    Here are the steps on how to cut a mango using the corn-on-the-cob method:

    1. Wash your mango under running tap water by rubbing it gently with your hands. You may use a vegetable brush if the mango requires thorough cleaning.
    2. Stand the mango on a clean cutting board with the tallest side upright while holding it with your non-dominant hand.
    3. Peel the mango using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler. You may use a knife if you don't have a peeler, but this may peel away more flesh leading to wastage.
    4. Pick a small paring knife, a chef’s knife or a serrated edge knife with your dominant hand and slice both (top and bottom) tips of the mango off such that the edges of the mango are flat.
    5. Insert the two sharp tips of a corn on the cob holder in either side of the mango.
    6. Make two parallel slices on either side of the seed and then cut the mango into three pieces, ending up with two halves of mango flesh (cheeks) and the middle section that has the seed.
    7. Trim off the flesh from the seed by moving the knife from top to bottom while holding the corn on the cob holder.

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    ​Method 4: Peel and Slice Method

    Peeling the mango first before cutting is a great way to maximize the amount of flesh you will get after the entire process. Nonetheless, this method is quite risky since mangoes are extremely slippery, and you will be using a sharp knife to cut it.

    However, if you are brave at heart, the peel and slice method can be truly rewarding, particularly if you manage to hack it properly. For this to work, you need to choose extremely ripe mangoes.

    Here are the steps:

    1. Wash your mango under running tap water by rubbing it gently with your hands. You may use a vegetable brush if the mango requires thorough cleaning.
    2. Peel the mango using a knife or a Y-shaped vegetable peeler.
    3. Hold the mango using your dominant hand and position it in such a way that you are able to look at its stem end.
    4. Using a small paring knife or a chef’s knife, slice around the pit by cutting off the cheeks on either side of the mango. Be careful not to cut yourself.
    5. Slice off the smaller pieces on the other sides of the pit.
    6. Cut the sliced cheeks into smaller pieces and serve.

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    Method 5: Cutting With a Mango Splitter

    Cutting mangoes has now gone technical. With the emergence of mango splitters and slicers, you no longer have to struggle with cutting your mango the natural way using a paring knife. All you have to do is to place the splitter on top of the mango and the device will slice the mango into two halves removing them away from the pit.

    As suggested by its name, a mango splitter is a special tool designed to slice mangoes with minimal effort required. It is a clean and quick way to cut a mango, if you want to avoid a slimy, slippery and sometimes messy process.

    Here are the steps:

    1. Wash your mango under running tap water by rubbing it gently with your hands. You may use a vegetable brush if the mango requires thorough cleaning.
    2. Stand the mango vertically on a clean cutting board with the short end facing up.
    3. Center the splitter or slicer on top of the mango.
    4. Using your hands, push the oval slicer into the middle of the mango to slice both halves from the seed.
    5. Save the seed since it still has plenty of leftover flesh to harvest.
    6. Cut vertical slices or crosswise cuts on each of the cheeks.
    7. Flip the skin inside out making the cubes stand up like a hedgehog and use a spoon to scoop the cut pieces of mango. Alternatively, you may cut the cubes off the mango using a paring knife.
    8. Serve and enjoy your mango.

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    ​Method 6: Cutting With a Peeler

    Cutting a mango with a peeler is another easy way to enjoy this delicious summer fruit without going through a harrowing experience. All you need is a Y-shaped peeler and you are good to go.

    Here are the steps:

    1. Wash your mango under running tap water by rubbing it gently with your hands. You may use a vegetable brush if the mango requires thorough cleaning.
    2. Peel the mango with a sharp paring knife or Y-shaped peeler.
    3. Run the peeler through the flesh of the mango, making thin slices or shavings.
    4. Repeat the same process in step 3 until you reach the pit.
    5. Turn the mango and repeat the process with the other half until you reach the pit.

    How to Tell If a Mango Is Ripe

    The type of mango you choose will determine the ease of the cutting process. If the mango is too ripe, the cutting process can be a little bit messy. On the other hand, if the mango is unripe, cutting can be easy, but you won’t enjoy your fruit. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right mango for your fruity recipes.

    • Although mangoes come in several varieties, always use this rule of thumb when picking a good mango - the greener the mango the less ripe it is.
    • Squeeze the mango gently to determine if it is ripe. If the mango gives in slightly then it is ripe and ready to slice. On the other hand, if the mango is not yet ripe, it will not give in easily.
    • Avoid mangoes that are extremely soft unless you want to make smoothies or fresh juice
    • Slightly ripe, but firm mangoes are ideal for making desert and cubes for pudding

    Serving Ideas

    You can eat your mangoes as a snack or blend them to make fresh juice. Moreover, you can add your cut mangoes as an ingredient for different types of recipes. Here are a few ideas for your freshly cut mangoes.

    • Puree your freshly cut mangoes into a salad dressing
    • Mix your cut mangoes with sweet rice pudding
    • Grill sliced mangoes with tacos or burgers
    • Toss with lime, cucumbers and olive oil for a refreshing salad
    • Blend into a smoothie
    • Use as topping for yogurt
    • Stir into salsa with bell peppers, corn, lime and cilantro

    Wrapping Up

    Cutting a mango can be a little bit tricky and sometimes messy since you have to cut around the oblong pit and make sure most of the flesh does not go to waste. However, by using our elaborate ideas and methods, you can go ahead and cut your mangoes without much hassle. 

    The hallmark of these cutting methods is to ensure your fruit, particularly the fleshy part, is not wasted. Whether you want to cut your mangoes into cubes for dessert or dice them into slices for fresh juice, you can always rely on the above-mentioned techniques to cut your mango whichever way you like.

    Some methods are easy and they do not require much effort, while others are a little bit involving, but they deliver the best results.

    So what is your best way to cut a mango? Please let us know in the comments section.