Video:How to Cut a Mangowith Ben Kurtzman
Mangoes are a delicious fruit, but they have a big pit in the middle that makes them difficult to cut. This technique shows you how to cut a mango so that you end up with nice, evenly-sized mango cubes.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Cut a MangoHi, I'm Ben Kurtzman for About.com Food, and today I am going to show you a great trick for cutting mangoes.
Mangoes are a delicious fruit, but they have a big pit in the middle, which makes them difficult to cut. This technique makes quick work of cutting mangoes, and you end up with nice, evenly-sized cubes.
Choosing a MangoThe mango should be soft to the touch. That is how you know it is ripe. The pit is a flat oval that runs down the center of the mango. The fruit may appear round, but it is actually wider on one side. You need to find the wide side so that you know where to cut.
Cutting the MangoUsing a sharp knife, slice off the side of the mango, getting as close to the pit as possible. Now do the same thing on the other side. Using a sharp paring knife slice a grid of half-inch cubes. You want the knife to get as close to the skin as possible without penetrating it.
Cubing MangoUsing both hands, bend the fruit backwards so that the cubes pop out of the skin. Now you can easily pop off the cubes of mango and you can eat them raw, put them in a salad or use them for cooking. This method will allow you to get most of the fruit off the mango.
Final SlicesThere will still be a little bit of fruit attached to the pit. You can either discard it, or use a paring knife to slice off the remainder. These pieces will not be evenly-sized like the others, but they will taste just as good.
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