Introduction: 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.

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!

Comments

antifuchs (author)2008-05-05

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.

red-king (author)antifuchs2009-11-29

 more likely to need to be forced, and slip though.

gmbatman (author)2008-07-14

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 ;)

FireFairy-Jessica (author)2008-07-10

Lol!That's cute! My dad cuts mango like that.

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-07-07

OOPS I ate the googly eyes :-p

mrbox (author)2008-06-24

By reading this instructable and seeing the picture T.T.... I dont wanna eat mangos anymore!! =(!!!!

righthandofthedevil (author)2008-05-10

cool. i agree w/ ur comment that around the mango pit is the best part. i'll have to try this today

Irodbot (author)2006-11-14

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 (author)Irodbot2008-05-09

Just so you know... the sticky or gelatinous white rice used in that Thai dessert is often labeled sweet rice, too.

jayro707 (author)2008-04-26

yummy!!!! :)

explosivemaker (author)2008-04-23

how do you know when its ripe?

Shadowmang (author)2008-03-20

awesome my uncles wife that lives in kauai diced mango like this it was sooo good they also grew there own mango :]

kdennis (author)2008-03-08

awsome!! m y mom used to make these..!!

canida (author)kdennis2008-03-09

Cool! Did she make them into little critters too? What did she use for eyes/etc?

sparks (author)2006-09-11

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)sparks2008-03-09

Hey sparks, Somehow I'd missed this comment when you first left it! Sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe.

JonH2O (author)2008-02-09

lulz

insomartin (author)2008-02-05

we got tones of mangoes here in philippines and yum yum! great instructable for everyone to know.

westfw (author)2008-01-13

Mentioned and discussed in the forums, but added here too, for reference.
Fully edible Googly eyes from Evil Mad Scientist Labs...

canida (author)westfw2008-01-13

Indeed! They always have great solutions.

watermelon12 (author)2007-08-14

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?

ranjeevm (author)2007-06-10

Mangoes have always been a summer thing for me. 20 years ago there was no refregeration at industrial scale in India. But Mangoes were a big craving for me and all kids. We would wait for the late summer vacations to get hold of 'Langda' mangoes (no alphonsoes as they seem rather diluted in taste to us folks from east India). When the time would come we would devour several 10s of mangoes per day! No time to cool them in a refregerator, let alone carving interesting shapes. Towards the end of mango season would come the Litchis. Wow! queen of fruits if mangoes are the king. We would fill buckets with them and then literally carry out a fruity carnage (Several 50s at a time)! Litchis from east India unlike their chineese counterparts are much larger, have smaller seeds and peel off rather easily. They are natures nectar marshmellows to me! Mangoes were about 5 cents and 100 litchis would be less than 25 cents!

canida (author)ranjeevm2007-06-10

Good litchis are hard to come by in the US- I think they just don't ship very well, and few people know how to eat them. They are fantastic though! Besides eating them directly, is there anything else you like to do/make with litchis?

ranjeevm (author)canida2007-06-11

Well the best thing is the Litchi jelly which goes so well with some many mild flavors of ice cream. Never mind even the litchi pulp does :) You have gteat knowledge. Litchis cannot be frozen as the thaw destroys them and when not frozen do not last more than a day or two. They need to be kept around 3C/36F if you wish them to last you even a week from being harvested. If I wasn't so much against genetic engineering, to me Litchis would have been just the right candidate to reduce their water content (like tomatoes)

Nabil (author)ranjeevm2007-08-31

I understand you perfectly, I'm from Venezuela, and we are mango lovers, even when is not the right time of the year, we put salt in the green mango, and we got a lunch.

Wario (author)2007-08-25

I suggest candy buttons for eyes.

goldfishbutt (author)2007-07-31

So cute! You should use black eyed peas instead of googly-eyes. That way the whole thing can be edible!

canida (author)goldfishbutt2007-08-08

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.

goldfishbutt (author)canida2007-08-08

would still rather eat a pea than a googly eye! *glup* :)

Catling (author)2007-08-07

Squeee!!!

goldfishbutt (author)2007-07-31

how cute! but you should really use black-eyed peas instead of googly-eyes so the whole thing is edible. :)

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2007-04-20

I made a website that has my art on it, check it out if you want!
http://www.smithartwork.com
awsome way to cut mangos, great for parties.

pyr0man1ac (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2007-07-24

your an awesome artist!

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)pyr0man1ac2007-07-24

Thank you!

lawizeg (author)2007-07-14

cute i love em! i just made them! they taste better when they are fun.

Zetheros (author)2007-06-28

haha, cute mango!

XXXris (author)2006-08-06

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)XXXris2007-06-10

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.

babyboi512 (author)XXXris2007-06-08

troo ano dis one

swiftgriffin (author)XXXris2006-10-14

Wierd!!!! ...I LOVE it!

hacker (author)2007-03-19

I think the way canida cuts mangoes is an awesome way.It looks cute and funny!

hacker (author)2007-03-19

ummmm whens your birthday yakey?

canida (author)2007-03-08

People love good, basic Instructables that teach them things they should already know but don't. Go for it! I haven't seen the Thai method for preparing green mangoes! Definitely share, as I'd like to know too.

vermicious_knid (author)2006-11-23

This is kinda how I cut up avocados for "Pico de Gallo". I need to see if the skin is soft enough to turn inside out like this, I bet some variety has thin enough skin.

tbriggs (author)2006-11-21

For the delicious core, no need to peel and get your hands sticky. You can slice off the two slides, and socre these too. This leaves an accesible pit with skin on the top and bottom so your hands don't get sticky eating any of the mango.

james_vaughnn07 (author)2006-10-22

FACT: the Philippines has the sweetest mangos in the whole world

ranjeevm (author)james_vaughnn072006-11-04

Have you tried the Indian Alphonso? Probably not I guess :)

RaiderX (author)2006-10-29

haha! thats cute, gotta try this soon

Shifman (author)2006-10-18

Looks tasty I'll try

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