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How To Cut A Mango

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Mangos are friendly little creatures, easy to slice and easier to eat. If you know how.
 
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Step 1: Cut sides away from pit

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Depending on the type of mango you've got, the shape and thickness of the pit will vary. The Manila mango I'm using here has a nice flat seed, while the Hayden/Kent/Atkins mangos have thicker rounder seeds.

Using a sharp paring knife, start just off the centerline and cut parallel to the seed along the long axis of the fruit. If you contact the seed, just curve away a bit to follow the contours of the pit. You'll leave more flesh on the pit, but it's not going anywhere. Once you get a feel for the seed sizes in your mangos of choice, this process will get even tidier. You should see the white pit showing in the center piece when you're finished.

Cut both sides off of the pit in this fashion, and set them aside.

Step 2: Remove skin from center piece

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Notch and remove the stem area, as it's usually tough and/or bitter. Continue by pulling the skin off the circumference of the pit; if the mango is perfectly ripe it should come off easily. If your mango is a bit underripe you may need to actually do a bit of trimming with your knife. Hold the exposed center of the seed to maintain a good grip, as mangos can be slippery.

Now that you've skinned the center, go ahead and eat it. This is the best part of the mango, and it's your treat for cutting up the mango for your lazy friends or family. Use your teeth to scrape all of the mangoey goodness off of the pit, then remember to floss. Mango pits are fantastic, but also the best impetus to floss this side of corn on the cob.

Step 3: Score the sides

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Now that you've disposed of the pit, it's time to score the side pieces of your mango.

Make a series of parallel cuts, taking care not to cut through the skin. Poking through the skin results in an untidy mango, dripping mango juice, and sometimes blood. Cut the lines as close as you like, so long as you make at least two of them.

Now, spin the mango 90 degrees and repeat the process.

Step 4: Invert

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Now that you've scored your mango, flip it inside out. Just push up on the skin side to create a spiky little mango hedgehog.

Note that if you've made less than two cuts in either direction, the mango won't have enough flexibility to invert neatly. The more cuts, the easier it will flip and the better it will look. Here I've gone for a middle-of-the-road approach; sometimes I like to have lots of tiny mango spikes.

Step 5: Serve

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Place all of your inverted mango slices on a fancy platter and serve. Decorate as you see fit. While small children like the decorated versions, they cannot be trusted to remember that standard googley eyes are NOT edible. Check out Play With Your Food for more edible decoration suggestions.

This is especially good brunch/buffet food, as it's reasonably mess-free and doesn't require utensils. Just hold the mango and bite off the spikes. Alternatively, slice the spikes off at the base for perfectly-sized mango chunks!
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7pipe2 years ago
weak, mine is better. come check mine out!
antifuchs7 years ago
I tend to use a regular table knife for this step as it's less sharp and has a rounded tip, therefore is less likely to cut the skin.
 more likely to need to be forced, and slip though.
gmbatman7 years ago
Nice. I haven't seen a mango cut like that before. Grr... now I want a mango. Now just to tell the kids not to eat those eyes ;)
Lol!That's cute! My dad cuts mango like that.
OOPS I ate the googly eyes :-p
mrbox7 years ago
By reading this instructable and seeing the picture T.T.... I dont wanna eat mangos anymore!! =(!!!!
cool. i agree w/ ur comment that around the mango pit is the best part. i'll have to try this today
Irodbot8 years ago
westfw you to find an asian market and buy sticky rice or gelatinous rice same thing different names then just follow you recipe use a steamer basket or a rice steamer and you should be on your way the thai restuarant in sells what they call the combo desert with mangoes sticky and a scoop of homemade coconut ice cream it rocks
zenser Irodbot7 years ago
Just so you know... the sticky or gelatinous white rice used in that Thai dessert is often labeled sweet rice, too.
jayro7077 years ago
yummy!!!! :)
how do you know when its ripe?
peguiono7 years ago
awesome my uncles wife that lives in kauai diced mango like this it was sooo good they also grew there own mango :]
kdennis7 years ago
awsome!! m y mom used to make these..!!
canida (author)  kdennis7 years ago
Cool! Did she make them into little critters too? What did she use for eyes/etc?
sparks8 years ago
Good one! now i can make the mango gazpacho without having to buy the canned mangos. 1 big can of V-8 Diced cubed chopped mango. Chopped cilantro minced white onion, optional: minced garlic, chili pepper flakes, black pepper If you do use the canned mangoes, the syrup they come in can be used, it might add something.
canida (author)  sparks7 years ago
Hey sparks, Somehow I'd missed this comment when you first left it! Sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe.
JonH2O7 years ago
lulz
insomartin7 years ago
we got tones of mangoes here in philippines and yum yum! great instructable for everyone to know.
westfw7 years ago
Mentioned and discussed in the forums, but added here too, for reference.
Fully edible Googly eyes from Evil Mad Scientist Labs...
canida (author)  westfw7 years ago
Indeed! They always have great solutions.
awww this is so cute i want to do it but the mangos are to exspensive for me to get one but there so cute
too expensive?
Wario7 years ago
I suggest candy buttons for eyes.
So cute! You should use black eyed peas instead of googly-eyes. That way the whole thing can be edible!
canida (author)  goldfishbutt8 years ago
o.0 I'm not sure that cooked black-eyed peas go so well with mango! And raw black-eyed peas, while they look better, are inedible rocks.
would still rather eat a pea than a googly eye! *glup* :)
Catling8 years ago
Squeee!!!
how cute! but you should really use black-eyed peas instead of googly-eyes so the whole thing is edible. :)
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awsome way to cut mangos, great for parties.
your an awesome artist!
Thank you!
lawizeg8 years ago
cute i love em! i just made them! they taste better when they are fun.
Zetheros8 years ago
haha, cute mango!
XXXris9 years ago
I think your way of cutting the mango is the best. But here's a really funny way to eat it that I have seen people do in Kathmandu. (Not the main method there, but just one that amuses me.) So.... Take the mango, and roll it back and forth between your palms, without cutting it, until the insides become mango juice. Then cut the pointy tip off the mango, and suck the juice out!
canida (author)  XXXris8 years ago
That sounds like it would work well for older mangoes that still have good flavor, but are too stringy inside to eat fresh! I'll have to try.
troo ano dis one
Wierd!!!! ...I LOVE it!
hacker8 years ago
I think the way canida cuts mangoes is an awesome way.It looks cute and funny!
hacker8 years ago
ummmm whens your birthday yakey?
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