How to Cut a Mango

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Knowing how to cut a mango is important if you plan on getting the most out of this exotic and delicious snack. There are a number of ways to cut a mango, including in cubes, slices or simply in half so you can scoop out the flesh yourself.

How to Cut a Mango?

Now that you have selected the ideal mango, cutting it is the easy part. The two most popular ways to do this include dicing the mango and scooping the mango.

Dicing

  • Place the mango stem-side down and be sure that you are using a sharp knife.
  • Move about 1/4 of an inch from the center of the fruit and slice downward. If you hit the hard inner seed, simply move around it and continue slicing down.
  • Repeat this on the other side of the mango, leaving two round slices.
  • Slice down around the opposite sides of the mango, moving carefully around the central seed.
  • Now, simply score the mango into chunks, without cutting through the skin.
  • You can now scoop out the individual pieces of mango and enjoy!

    A plate of sliced mango next to a wooden chopping board with small pieces of mango being cut with a knife

    Mangos can be used in icecreams, cakes and more. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Scooping

  • Hold the mango with the stem side down and use a sharp knife to cut down the middle, so that your blade hits the mango seed.
  • Continue that cut along the backside of the mango, similarly running around the seed.
  • Split the two halves of mango by spinning or pulling. If the mango isn’t ripe, it will be harder to detach from the seed.
  • Remove the seed from whichever half it remained in, and then use a spoon to scoop mango from your handheld fruit snack!
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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