Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mangoes: Tips and Tricks

By now, it should come as no surprise to you that I love fruit.  I could eat it all day, every day, and not get tired of it.  In fact, there is only one fruit that I've ever had and didn't care for.  Starfruit.  I found that it didn't have any taste and was like eating a watery pineapple.  I'll pass...thanks!  Have you ever had starfruit and did you like it?

Mangoes are another one of my favorite fruits.  They happen to be one of my grandma's as well.  When I was younger, my brother and I would spend a week with my grandparents every summer.  Grandma always made sure that she had mangoes in the house for us to enjoy together!

Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks

When I was in high school, one of my friend's families had an exchange student from Mexico staying with them.  He became friends with my brother and at one point he taught us the proper way to cut a mango. Prior to learning this method, I would peel the mango (like peeling an apple) and then slice off pieces of the flesh.  I usually ended up with a sticky mess, and this way is so much easier!

When you are purchasing a mango, you want to look for a fruit that is firm, but gives slightly when you press on it.  Color is not an indicator of ripeness. Mangoes continue to ripen as they sit, so you'll want to eat it before it becomes completely soft.

To start, you'll need a cutting board and a sharp knife.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Hold the mango vertically and slice along the pit, right next to the stem.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks

Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Turn the mango around and slice next to the pit on the other side.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Cut the peel off around the pit and carefully slice off and flesh from the pit.  Don't worry about making nice slices!
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks

Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Slice vertical lines in each mango half, being careful not to slice all the way through the peel.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Then cut horizontal lines creating a "grid" in the mango flesh.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Turn the fruit inside-out and slice off the fruit chunks.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks
Enjoy a bowl of freshly cut fruit!  Ripe mangoes can also be stored in the fridge for up to a week before cutting.  Cut mango should be refrigerated in an airtight container and eaten within 2 or 3 day of cutting.
Melissa's Cuisine: Mangoes: Tips and Tricks

Other Fruit Tips and Tricks:
Watermelon
Strawberries
Blueberries
Pineapple
Avocados

2 comments:

  1. I really wish I could send you home some Haiti Mangos. The stuff in the states just does NOT compare. I actually like them best when they are still green inside, or just turning orange. It is almost like eating a granny smith apple! Yum!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The article was up to the point and described the information very effectively. Thanks to blog author for wonderful and informative post.
    Mango exporter

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for reading my blog! I always look forward to reading your thoughts on my recipes!

01 10 11 12
Blogging tips