A couple of years ago, I purchased my first fresh mango. I’d heard they were a little tricky to slice, and BOY was that rumor true. Despite following a set of written instructions online, I mangled that mango. It was a mangle-o.
Because I’ve learned a lot in the kitchen since then, I decided to give it another go. Mangoes were a great price at the grocery store, so I thought I’d add some fresh mango to my morning smoothies.
The first thing I did was pull up this YouTube tutorial. Then I washed my fruit and centered it on the cutting board. It was go time.
The nice man in the video warned of the seed in the middle of the fruit, and he instructed to cut just off to the side of the center of the mango. I paused the video, thinking I am gonna OWN this mango!
But of course, my mango was thinking, Challenge accepted. I pushed the knife into the fruit in the same spot shown in the video, and halfway down, it hit the seed. A rocky start, but not a “doomed” status quite yet. I moved the knife slightly further away from the center of the fruit and tried again. And hit the seed. Again. When I finally cut into the mango and didn’t hit the seed with the knife, I’d sliced off roughly a centimeter-thick piece of fruit.
I attempted to cut the slice o’ mango as demonstrated in the video. I’m practically a pro at the method when it comes to avocados. Alas, I’m less than skilled at this same method where mangoes are concerned.
Getting that first slice pretty much blew my opportunity to follow Mr. Nice-Bearded-Man’s guidance on cutting the rest of the mango. Ten minutes later, I had butchered the stupid thing and I was left with a pile of assorted sizes of mango chunks and a pile of scraps from the skin and the core. All I can say is, good thing these were intended to be tossed into a blender!
If you have any good tips for cutting mangoes, PLEASE share them with me! I still have more to slice and I plan on making an update post when I’m finished. Help a girl out with your best pointers!