What’s more delicious than a sweet, citrusy mango? Mangoes are one of the most commonly eaten foods around the world — and with good reason. They’re sweet, tangy, and pair well with other tropical fruits, such as kiwis and pineapple. They also boast a number of health benefits. For instance, mango contains a high amount of plant compounds called polyphenols, which act as antioxidants to protect your body. They’re also high in fiber, vitamins A, C, E and B6, as well as potassium and copper.
There are a number of different ways to cut and enjoy a mango. One easy way is to cut it into slices, allowing you to easily eat it by itself, use it in recipes, or enjoy it along with other fruits on a delicious fresh fruit tray. You can place the slices on top of a yogurt bowl. Or, mix them into your favorite salad. You can even turn them into a mango pie or cobbler. Read to find out how to cut this delicious fruit into slices.
How to Pick the Perfect Mango
To ensure you’re getting the best mango on the shelf, there are a few things to consider. First of all, you can’t really judge a mango by its color. Some varieties appear more red than others, but this doesn’t mean that they’re more ripe or sweeter. Instead, you want to judge the mango by its feel and its smell. A mango should “give” a little when you press on it. If it’s completely firm, that means it’s not ripe yet. If it feels squishy, it means it’s a little too overripe. Ripe and juicy mangoes also emit a sweet smell right near their stem end, so be sure to give a whiff. If it smells fruity and sweet, you’re good to go.
To try the sweet taste of mango yourself, consider our Summer Fruit And Cheesecake Platter. It includes creamy cheesecakes and a variety of fresh summer fruit, including mangoes, strawberries, kiwi, and more. Or, check out our Sun-Sational Bouquet™ made with blueberry skewers, kiwi, mango, strawberries, watermelon, and sun-shaped pineapple.
How to Cut a Mango into Slices in 4 Easy Steps
Cutting a mango into slices is easier than you might believe. Here are the steps to turn your mango into perfect golden slices.
1. Gently scrub the mango skin to remove any bacteria or dirt. While you’ll be removing this skin, it’s important to make sure it’s clean so that no harmful substances get mixed in with the flesh inside once you cut it.
2. Once you’re done giving it a quick rinse, you can hold the mango upright. Use a small paring knife to carefully slice the mango away from the pit. You’ll want to approximate where the pit is and cut right next to that area. You can start about an inch from the center of the mango and cut straight down the mango lengthwise. As you cut, you’ll get a feel for where the pit is and make adjustments. If you’re too far from the pit, you can cut a bit closer. Or, if you end up hitting the pit while making your cut, you can continue further away from the center. Do the same thing on the other side of the mango. When complete, you’ll have two halves of fruit and the middle part containing the pit.
3. Next, take one half of the mango fruit and make slices lengthwise across the fruit. Be careful not to cut through the skin. You only need to make cuts through the fruit. Make each slice approximately half an inch from one another. Do the same on the other piece of fruit.
4. Now you’ll need to remove the fruit from the peel. Take a large spoon to scoop out the fruit, scooping as close to the skin as possible. You’ll end up with a pile of perfectly cut slices.
Can you Eat a Mango Peel?
Contrary to popular belief, you can eat mango skin safely. In fact, it’s even packed with nutrients like vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Mango skin is also high in triterpenes and triterpenoids, compounds that have been shown to have anticancer and antidiabetic qualities. That being said, it isn’t very appetizing. It tastes bitter and tough. To make it more appealing, you can mix it up in a blender with some mango slices and other fresh fruits. Or, feel free to discard the peel and fill up on the fresh fruit itself.
Cutting a mango into slices is a great way to enjoy the delicious fresh fruit in salads, in fruit smoothies, on top of a bowl of yogurt, or just on its own. It’s an easy way to get the most out of the fruit, making it quick and easy to enjoy.