This tutorial is for my 'mango-challenged' friend Susi. She asked for a step-by-step tutorial on how to cut mangoes after I put up post on the previous BWD challenge.
I have to admit, at the risk of sounding narcissistic, the mango did look pretty in the photo I took for the post. The one I have used today is a mango with more fiber so it doesn't have the nice clean lines the other one did.
So that is step #1 : The choice of mango is important. Choose a firm, sweet mango with little fiber. Look at the stickers on mangoes when you're out buying them to see where they originate from. Mangoes from Brazil or Kenya, for example, are much like the one I used today and have a lot of fiber in their flesh.
Small, pulpy mangoes will not work either if you want to cut them this way. Anyway, here we go:
All I had was two mangoes. The one on the front is the one I chose for the tutorial before I realized (after cutting it) that I should have chosen the Pakistani mango at the back (which is what I used in my old post).
Cut as close as possible to the stone this way
and please ignore the fact that I need a manicure.
Repeat with the other side.
Now, pick one half up in the palm of your hand and cut into the flesh (without tearing the skin) along the length of the mango.
Repeat by cutting along the width.
Now, just hold it from the sides and turn the skin out.
I know, not as pretty as the mangoes here but it's not too bad, right? At this point, you can slice as close to the skin as possible while holding the mango-half over a bowl and you will get perfect mango cubes.
Or (and this is better) this is also a pretty way to present mango when you have company, since it can be eaten right off the skin with a spoon.
I'm throwing in this next bit for fun. If you have small kids, here's a fun way for them to eat their mangoes. Cut all around the middle of a mango :
Then twist one half off. Here's what you will get:
Kids can eat out of their 'mango cups' with a spoon (you could even fill the scooped-out half with some ice-cream). I loved eating mangoes this way as a kid & still do! And so does my offspring: