How to Peel and Cut a Mango

A few days ago, I was attempting to cut a mango. A few minutes in I was a sticky mess and the mango slices didn’t look very pretty. I also felt like I had wasted a lot of the fruit because I couldn’t quite figure out where the pit was.

I thought to myself, this is something I need to learn …and the start of a great Cook’n article! (wink, wink). So, I spent quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos on various ways to cut and peel mangoes. In all honesty, even after watching the videos I don’t know if there is a super easy way to cut and peel a mango; mangoes are kind of a messy, awkward fruit. But, I did learn some tips that helped me improve my mango cutting game.

When peeling a mango, it is easier to use a peeler instead of a knife. I also think it would be helpful to use a wide peeler (unlike the skinny one I used below).

This next tip was especially helpful. When you are done peeling the mango, use a paper towel to blot the mango dry. This will help soak up some of the juice and make the mango much less sticky and easy to handle.

When slicing the mango, pay attention to its shape. The pit is flat and in the center of the mango where the mango is the widest. You slice all the way up to the pit and you will know when you hit it. You can also slice around the pit.

Here is the YouTube video I found to be the most helpful.

Here is another YouTube video of a guy who can peel a mango in under 10 seconds using a drinking glass. I haven’t actually tried this so I don’t know how easy it is for an amateur, but it looks easy enough and he definitely gets points for creativity!

Please let me know in the comments below if you have any other mango cutting tips! Luckily, mangoes are so yummy they are worth the effort!


    Cristina Duke
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