Begin by either firmly holding on to the thicker bottom end of the mango. Then using your paring knife make a horizontal incision and go all the way down until you feel the seed. Work the knife all the way around until you’ve reached the starting incision. Set the knife aside then using your other hands firmly place one hand on each end of the cut. The bottom hand holds the mango in place. With the top hand begin to twist until you can feel it releasing from the seed. You can now then separate the two halves. The bottom will have the seed and the top will be hollowed out where the seed was.
Now you can use a spoon to scoop out the fruit from the hollowed-out piece. It’s so much fun and feels like a little cup of mango. To eat the fruit off of the seed you can use the knife to slice it off. Or if you’d like you can just bite off the mango flesh from the seed if you like. The latter is messier though. Once you’ve eaten or removed the fruit form the seed you can either twist it out of the bottom piece. Or you can again use a spoon to scoop out the mango flesh from this piece. Continue to eat it all or you could also scoop it out onto a plate if you’d like.
That’s it, that’s how to eat a mango in an easy and cleaner way! This is actually so much fun and if you have small kids you can slice the fruit this way then give them a spoon and let them go to town on the mango. Bonus for your they won’t get as messy as before!
The mango I used in the instructions and video is called ataulfo mango here in Mexico, and in the US it’s known as champagne variety.However, I’ve tested this method with every kind of mango variety we have locally. It works on all types of mangos. Varieties that are more fibrous also work they just need a bit more force when twisting off.