Travel Diaries: Cutting a Mango

I was thrilled to get to eat some yummy mangos after we got here.  It reminded me that I had wanted to do a post on how to easily cut a mango.  This is how my parents did it for me when I was growing up.

1) Determine the direction of the seed.  A mango seed  is a large, flat oval.  Knowing which way the seed is going is important before cutting and sometimes difficult to determine.  What you may not know is that every mango has a belly button (very technical name, don’t you think?).  It is on the bottom half of the mango.  On the mangos that I’ve had in TX (grown in Mexico, I think) the belly button is really obvious.  On the ones below from the Phillipines (I think), it’s a bit harder to see.

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Either way, it will look like a little bump or distortion in the smooth skin.  Follow the line from the belly button to the stem of the mango.  This line is follows the edge of the seed.  You will want to cut parallel to this line.

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2) Cut both sides of the mango off.

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3) Cut diagonal lines into the meat of the mango.  If you are gutsy and decide to cup the mango in your hand, then be careful not to cut through the skin and into your palm.

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Turn the piece and cut again.  I like to make diamonds rather than squares, but only because I have this thing for argyle.

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4) THE funnest (yes, it’s a word) step.  With your thumbs on top and fingers underneath, push up on the skin until the mango cup turns inside out.  The chunks will pop up out of the skin.

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5) TWO choices.

You can now cut the chunks off into a bowl OR if you’re gutsy you can hand them to your kids so they can bite them off of the skin possibly squirting juice all over their cubby cheeks, hands and shirts.  Yes, this is what happens in my family.

6) The messiest part.  The seed is always pretty messy,

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 but you can still get some cubes off of it by making some short cuts and cutting the cubes off.

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7) Actually, this is the messiest part (but it’s optional).
There is so much juicy goodness on the seed.  Please don’t toss it just yet.  Cut some more meat off, or better yet, if the kids aren’t watching, lean over the kitchen sink and gnaw all that yumminess off.  You won’t regret it as long as you have some dental floss handy to get the pulp out of your teeth. 

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It’s truly a deliciously juicy delight, don’t you think?

14 Responses to “Travel Diaries: Cutting a Mango”


  1. 1 thornberry July 13, 2009 at 7:29 am

    My hubby and my girls (especially Clare) LOVE mangoes! They’re highly sought after in this household, and eaten in the way you’ve described.

  2. 2 weedwacker July 13, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Wow…That brings back fond memories of trips to Florida, visiting family. My uncle had a mango tree in his front yard. That was the last time I tasted REAL mango, not the stringy ones from the grocery store. BIG difference! Thanks for the memories!

  3. 3 Jennifer July 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I used to hate mangoes when I was a kid and we lived in Miami. I think it was a texture thing.
    Anyway, now I can’t get enough of them. I make mango / peach salsa and serve it with chips and on top of pork and salmon.
    Yum!

  4. 4 Bake and Sew July 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Have to agree with sucking/gnawing at the stone. Delicious.

  5. 5 Peggy July 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

    The first few mangoes I ever had almost turned me off them completely because they tasted like pine trees. Then I realized that I was buying unripe ones. I’ve since learned better and we now LOVE mangoes!

  6. 6 Jenny July 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    The way Alton Brown (I love all things Alton Brown) does it is very similar to yours but he inserts a corn cob holder! Then you have a handle to do all of the slicing! and you’re left with the seed on a ‘stick’ like an ice pop!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbKmzfNRcNI He does the mango at around 8 minutes in this clip :)

  7. 7 Kashoan July 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    That looks so good. I really never knew how to cut them open. thanks!

  8. 8 Cairen July 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    That mango looks so yummy, I think I might need to go get one just so I can try the popping out part. :)

  9. 9 Cathy July 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Yum-o! I’d have never thought of putting mango and bananas together. Bet that’d be great on vanilla ice cream.

    The kids in my house always try real hard to get a seed to gnaw!

  10. 10 Kirsty July 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I don’t know if this is an Australian thing, but when we were kids we’d eat our mangoes for dessert – in the bath. Then when we were done, Mum would just wash all the juice off and give us our bath as usual.

  11. 11 Kristin July 13, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Such great instructions, I have tried to cut these before without a great way. Now I need to buy a few!

  12. 12 Cara July 14, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I can’t believe I have lived in Florida my entire life and never knew how to figure out where the stone is. I cut a mango last night, using your technique, and it took me about half the time and a third of the mess. Thanks!

  13. 13 jennifer in kansas July 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for the mango belly-button tip!

  14. 14 Crystal July 18, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve always wondered how to do this! Thanks! :)


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