Native to India and Southeast Asia, mangoes are the most commonly eaten fruit around the world. However, in the United States, this delicious fruit isn’t as popular, lagging behind staples like apples, bananas, and grapes. However, this impressive stone fruit deserves more recognition. It’s sweet and citrusy, with a taste that’s similar to a melon. Plus, it packs numerous health benefits, such as improved immunity and digestive health. Some antioxidants found in the fruit might even lower the risk of certain cancers.
One thing that may hold Americans back from eating more mangoes is that they seem complicated to cut and eat. They aren’t as straightforward to eat as an apple or banana. The sweet fruit is surrounded by a thick, unappetizing (although you can eat it) peel and contains a heavy stone in the middle. Luckily, with a little know-how, cutting and eating a mango can be quick and easy. You’ll be kicking yourself that you haven’t experimented more with this wonderful fruit that makes a great addition to smoothies, fruit salads, salsa, and so much more. Keep reading for three quick and easy ways to cut a mango.
How to Tell if a Mango is Ripe
Before you cut into your mango, you’ll want to make sure it’s ripe. When it comes to checking mangoes for ripeness, you can’t focus on color because every variety is different. For instance, red doesn’t necessarily mean ripe. Instead, you’ll need to focus on how the fruit feels. Squeeze the mango slightly. A ripe mango has a little give to it, indicating soft fruit on the inside. At the same time, it shouldn’t be too soft, which indicates overripeness. You can also use your sense of smell. Ripe mangos sometimes have a fruity aroma near their stems.
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Top 3 Ways to Cut a Mango
To begin cutting a mango, you want to first rinse it off to remove any bacteria or dirt. Then, hold the mango upright. With a small paring knife, carefully slice half of the mango off the pit. Starting half an inch from the center of the mango, cut straight down the mango lengthwise. Then repeat on the other side.
If you hit the pit while attempting to cut this way, it’s totally okay. Continue cutting further away from the center until you can cut straight through. Once you’re finished with this step, you should have two pieces of fruit and the middle part containing the pit. From here, there are several different cutting methods you can use:
1. Cut the Mango into Cubes
This is perhaps the most popular way to cut a mango. Make slices across both mango halves, making sure not to cut through the skin. Next, make slices lengthwise down each mango half, creating a crosshatch design. Now, you should be able to easily scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Or, you can invert the mango so that the cut sections are all sticking out and use a small paring knife to remove the mango from the skin.
2. Use a Glass
Instead of cutting the mango into cubes, you can easily create chunks of mango that you can add to smoothies, cut into slices, or eat right out of a bowl. Find a pint glass with fairly thin sides and start with your mango halves. Hold the bottom of one half against the glass rim and slide the glass downwards to scoop out the flesh from the peel. Your mango chunk will end up in the glass, ready to eat.
3. Slice the Mango
You can also cut mangoes into slices using this easy method. Use the glass method above to create two chunks of mango. Then, take each half and slice it thinly lengthwise to create long, thin strips of mango.
How to Store a Mango After It is Cut
You can store freshly cut mango in airtight containers or storage bags in the refrigerator for up to four to five days. Alternatively, you can keep them in the freezer for up to six months. To freeze, spread out mango on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer for a few hours until frozen solid. This method prevents the chunks of mango from freezing together. Once they’re frozen, you can add them to freezer-friendly containers for storage.
Now that you know how to easily cut and store a mango, you can start picking them up at the grocery store to bring home and enjoy. You’ll soon get hooked on the sweet, citrusy flavor that turns ordinary foods into something extraordinary. You can enjoy mango on fruit trays, in smoothies, or in a variety of other ways. No matter how you enjoy it, it’s sure to be delicious!