Monday, April 25, 2011

How to Cut a Mango

Mangoes are a lovely addition to CE meals - a sweet, luscious fruit that is versatile. Use it in fruit salads, in smoothies, as the base for a bright fruit salsa, or even accompanying meats. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin B6, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Right now is the peak availability season for mangoes in the US, so you should find them plentiful and affordable.

Getting the edible flesh away from the skin is easy if you know what you are doing.

  1. The mango has a flat-ish oblong pit in the center of it. Your objective is to cut along the sides of the pit, separating the flesh from the pit. Holding the mango with one hand, stand it on its end, stem side down. Standing up the mango up like this you should be able to imagine the alignment of the flat, oval pit inside of it. With a sharp knife in your other hand, cut from the top of the mango, down one side of the pit. Then repeat with the other side. You should end up with three pieces - two halves, and a middle section that includes the pit.

2 Take a mango half and use a knife to make lengthwise and crosswise cuts in it, but try not to cut through the peel.

3 At this point you may be able to peel the segments right off of the peel with your fingers. Or, you can use a small paring knife to cut away the pieces from the peel.
4 Take the mango piece with the pit, lay it flat on the cutting board. Use a paring knife to cut out the pit and remove the peel.