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:
Haha, I always think it looks like an owl when I do this. Once again, another giant piece of mango is released from the pit.
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.
Fantastic tutorial. I can totally see the owl! That will help me remember your lesson in cutting mangoes 🙂
PS I like the crosshatch method when it’s going straight from fruit to mouth 🙂
Debra She Who Seeks says
I’m running right out to the store this minute to buy a mango! No more mangled mangoes for me! Thanks!
Chow and Chatter says
great tutorial love mangos
Bohemian Single Mom says
Thanks so much Suzie!! You make it look so easy…I’m sure I can pull that technique off!
I have a mango ripening on the counter right now.
The other day, I did yet another slaughter the mango in the kitchen and ended up giving my daughter this big chunk of mango—just chew it off the pit, I said.
Excellent tutorial…and much appreciated by many, I’m sure!
3T Heppenstall says
Wonderful tutorial. You got it perfect! I love mangos!
Thanks for showing us that! I’ve never cut up a mango before, now I know how!
I have tried and failed to cut a mango properly, always so much waste but no more!! I love mango so I shall buy one next shop and try this!
Suzie Ridler says
The waste is the worst, I know, especially when mangoes aren’t cheap which is why I made the tutorial. So happy to help and I hope the peeling and slicing go well.