Posted in /Cooking/Snacks on Saturday, July 15, 2017
Don't be afraid of cutting a mango
Mangoes are in season and are very inexpensive right now and I've heard from a few people and I've eavesdropped in the produce aisle enough to know that people are scared of mangoes. They don't know how to cut into them and then there is the stone in the center which really throws people off. Here is my handy picture display of how to prepare a mango. Please know that every time I flip the mango to display the cute little cubes I say "ta daaaa" which makes me laugh and Matt shake his head at me (he says it's in love but I know he's laughing a little too!) But you can feel like a magician too when you've mastered the art of flipping a mango!
1. Begin by choosing a mango that is soft to the touch and but not squishy. Next cut all the way around the mango on the thin side. You will be pressing against the stone so you will not be able to slice straight through, but will have to go around the fruit like you would with an avocado.
2. For those who don't know the stone of a mango is not round, it is thin, flat and woody. Also it is similar in its oval shape to the shape of the mango. You can nibble and suck off the bits of mango flesh that do not cut off nicely, but if you're like me you'll end up wearing part of this, so be careful.
3. Once you've found the stone, place your knife to the side of the stone and cut straight down to the other end of the mango by skimming the surface of the stone.
4. Now that you have two halves of mango, with skin on and no stone in the center, you can carefully cut a cross hatch pattern on the mango. Try not to cut through the skin as the skin is important for the next step.
5. The fun part, remember you can use sound effects. While holding one edge of the mango lightly, press on the underside of the rounded portion. This causes the fruit cubes to pop up..."Ta Daaaa". Now lop them off the skin and enjoy! A good friend told me that she calls this technique a Mango Hedghog. That is the perfect description of this technique.