Mango season has begun and boy am I happy. Mangos have been a favourite fruit of mine for as long as I can remember. I have very vivid memories of devouring them when I was a little girl in Mexico. I recall how I would peel the skin off and as soon as that juicy flesh met my eyes, my teeth ripped chunks off. Of course the juices would be all over my hands and usually run down the side of my mouth and chin. Not a pretty sight at all, but hey you can get away with this when you’re a child.
As much as I love mangos, there are two negatives when eating them: first is that it’s messy and if you’re not careful you can end up nicking your fingers. The second thing (or is it third) is that when you peel the skin off and just take bites off of the flesh, that fibrous hair-like texture right next to the pit gets caught between your teeth — and you better get ready to floss right afterwards, which can be a problem if your out and about and come across a mango that begs to be eaten at that moment. (In Mexico fresh mangos on a stick are sold in many places and you usually have to just take bites off.)
Some years back I came across a demonstration of this super awesome way to peel mangos. Unfortunately I didn’t save the link of where I found this, thank you whoever you are that changed my life. For many years now I have been using this method and let me tell you it works every single time. It is less messy, safer, and best of all is that you really waste hardly any of the mango flesh. Check out the video for a visual guide and print out the instructions if you like. Enjoy!
- fresh mango(s), this method works with all varieties but smaller ones can be easier to handle
- a sturdy cutting board
- a sharp long knife
- a tall and thick glass that is sturdy and easy for you to firmly hold on to
- First make sure that you have very clean hands in order to handle the clean mango. If you're cutting board tends to slide around place a damp and clean kitchen towel underneath to hold it in place. Also do watch the video along with these instructions for a visual guide.
- Begin by firmly holding the mango on its side so the chunky parts (called cheeks) are on either side of your hand. Basically you'll be slicing the mango into three parts, think of it like the centre section with the pit is about ¼ of the size of your mango. So now use your knife to slice off one side of the "cheek", the slice off the other. You'll now have the 2 larger parts where most of the mango flesh is, and the centre part with a little flesh and the pit.
- Set the two cheeks aside and grab the pit section. Hold it up to make a small slit on the top so that you can easily peel off the outer skin. Now use your knife to cut around the pit and remove as much of the flesh as possible. Be careful not to cut yourself and do hold that pit firmly in your hands and always cut/slice away from your body.
- Once your done with the pit move on to the cheeks. First grab your sturdy glass then one of the cheeks. Now with the thicker end against the rim of the glass, try to work the glass in between the flesh and the outer skin. Just go slowly and steadily put pressure on it to work it through. You'll notice the the rim will cause little ridges or wrinkling along the outer skin as you work your way up the cheek. The mango flesh will slide right into the glass. Continue with the second mango cheek.
- It takes practice getting all of the flesh off the skin, so if you end up with a little bit of flesh still on the skin simply use a spoon and scoop out those little bits. That's it, you're done and now you are ready to slice or cut up the mango flesh as you'd like!