When I made my homemade mango sorbet, Bohemian Single Mom made an excellent comment. She mentioned that she rarely buys mangoes because by the time you remove the peel and the giant seed, there is so little left. I felt the same way and then I saw someone on TV remove the peel with a vegetable peeler which allows for the least amount of waste. Personally, I am not a big fan of the cross hatch technique, I find removing the flesh from the skin too difficult.
Knowing where the seed in a mango is really helps. Mangoes have a long and flat pit. If you lie it flat and length-wise, you can completely avoid the pit by cutting off the flesh on each side.
Tah-dah! That is one large piece of mango ready to be put into a smoothie, a sorbet, even on top of a cake. OK, let’s do the other side:
Then I cut along the pit from top to bottom for the last pieces of mango and…we’re done!
With produce being so expensive these day, you have to get the most bang for your buck. Who wants to waste money AND food? Not me. I hope this little tutorial has helped make mangoes more approachable. If I can peel and slice one with one hand and photograph it at the same time with the other, I am sure you can do it with both! LOL, that was perhaps my most challenging photo tutorial yet but I am glad I did it. Mangoes are a nutritional powerhouse, a true super food.