Many methods exist on how to properly cut a mango, but not all are as quick and simple as this one.
Learn the easiest way to cut a mango in 5 simple steps with bonus tips on how to enjoy it!
How to Cut a Mango
First and foremost, start with a perfectly ripe mango firm to the touch. A mango that is overly ripe will be mushy in texture and difficult to manage.
If the mango is not ripe just yet, keep it on the counter at room temperature for several days. Or to speed up the ripening process, place in a paper bag continued at room temp. Once ripened, store in the fridge until ready for use.
Ready to enjoy your ripe mango? Now, learn how to cut it!
1. Find the stem at the top and cut away from the seed.
Mangoes feature a long, flat seed in their centers. To rid the seed, find the stem at the top. Place the mango on a flat cutting board then cut vertically ¼ inch away from the middle. Repeat on the other side of the mango.
2. Start cutting the mango flesh.
Using a paring knife, cut the flesh in vertical lines. Be careful to not cut through the skin.
3. Continue cutting into a grid-like pattern.
Cut the flesh in horizontal lines, making a grid-like pattern. Also, continue to make sure the skin is not punctured and remains intact.
4. Flip the mango flesh outward.
Press the underside of the half so the inside of the fruit is pushed out into single cubes.
With the edible portion removed from the peel, it is time to enjoy!
(And oh how there are many ways to do so!)
5 Ways to Enjoy a Mango
Mangoes are a delectable treat as is. But they can be enjoyed in many ways, including these nutritious and delicious ideas!
1. Mango & Chili Powder
Elevating the flavor of mango has never been so simple! Sprinkle with diced mango with chili powder and squeeze lime juice atop for added zest.
2. Mango Salsa
Mango salsa is one of the most common ways to enjoy the fruit and for very good reason. The recipe is packed with color, flavor, and nutrients and downright hard to resist!
Salsa can be enjoyed in several ways, too. Simply enjoy as a chip dip or use to complement many dishes, including meat and seafood. For instance, mango salsa goes perfectly atop fish tacos!
3. Chia Oat Healthy Mango Coconut Muffins
These chia oat coconut mango muffins will drift you right to paradise. Also being low in added sugars and calories, enjoy them without an ounce of guilt!
4. 3-Ingredient Mango Sorbet
Craving something sweet but not with all the sugar that often comes with it? Give this 3-ingredient mango sorbet a try.
The recipe is made with whole ingredients, including mango, lime juice, and warm water. So really, dessert has never been so healthy while tasting so delicious!
5. Mango Smoothie
Whether blending to kickstart a morning, recover from a workout, or curb a sweet tooth, this mango smoothie has you covered!
The smoothie is desirable as is, but feel free to adjust ingredients to your liking. This may include using Greek yogurt for added protein or throwing in raw spinach for a nutritional boost.