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The Best Way to Cut a Mango
First things first: Start with a ripe mango.
Different types of mangoes will look different when ripe, but all will yield slightly if you gently test the flesh by pushing it. Hold the mango in your hand and gently tighten your grip to see if the fruit yields just a bit - that's a good sign. Ripe mangoes feel heavy for their size and give off a lovely mango aroma when they're ready to eat.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Cut One Side of the Mango
Hold the mango so it stands lengthwise up from the cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the mango down one side, just to the right (or left, if you're left-handed) of center. It's as if you're cutting the mango in half, but just off-center.
Why off-center? You're cutting around the tough, inedible pit in the middle of the fruit. If your knife meets resistance or you sense a tougher texture, move the cut further out from the center.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Cut the Second Side of the Mango
Turn the mango so you can cut it lengthwise on the other side.
Note: Feel free to cut off 1/2- to 1-inch strips along the two other sides of the mango around the pit, especially if you have a larger mango.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Score Each Mango Half Lengthwise & Crosswise
Use the tip of a sharp knife or a paring knife to score each mango half lengthwise into 3 or 4 even sections. If the technique is new to new, scoring means to cut something but not all the way through. In the case of mangos, it means to cut through to the peel but not through the peel.
Now score each mango half crosswise. If you're new to cooking or unsure about your knife skills, score the mango with it against a cutting surface (as in the last photo). If you're more comfortable with a... knife, feel free to score the mango while holding it in your hand as shown here – just be extremely careful not to cut through the peel! (If you want mango slices, you can skip this step.)
Score the mango according to what kind of pieces you want in the end. Close-together lines to create a dice to toss in a mango salsa, thicker lines for cool and sweet mango slices.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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"Open" Each Scored Mango Half
Now that the mango is scored into bite-size pieces (or chunks or slices), turn the flesh side out so each section of scored mango sticks out. At this point, you could go ahead and bite off each piece and eat away.
For a more formal use of mango, see the next step.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Cut Off Scored Mango Pieces
Use that same sharp knife to cut off each piece of scored mango as near to the peel as possible.
Eat the mango as is, use it in a fruit salad, plop it on top of yogurt or ice cream, or whatever else suits your fancy!
Or turn mangoes into mango lassis—the original fruit smoothie and a fruity version of a mint lassi—just whirl chopped mango with yogurt and a bit of lime juice. Add ice for a slushy effect.