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How To Peel And Cut A Mango

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Do you avoid mangoes because you don’t know how to eat them?  Have you tried cutting a mango but ended up with a big mess?

whole mango

Don’t worry. You will know exactly how to eat a mango once you read this article.  Mangoes are so tasty, and you’ll really enjoy eating them! Mango is a delicious fruit – very sweet and juicy.  Mangoes taste very unique – a true tropical flavor.

Before you cut a mango, the first thing you need to do is make sure this mango is ripe.  If you peel and cut a mango that is not ripe, it will not taste good.  If a mango is not ripe, just leave it on the counter for a few days until it’s ready.  Don’t know how to tell if the mango is ripe?  See the article on how to choose a ripe mango.

Peeling and cutting a mango is really as easy as peeling and cutting an apple.

Step 1: Peel a mango

First, you peel off and discard the skin of the mango.  Use a vegetable peeler to peel a mango, same way as you would have peeled an apple.

mango peel

Step 2: Cut mango into slices from the sides

There is a large pit that’s called a stone inside a mango.   What you need to do is to cut mango into slices from the sides, around the pit. 

cutting a mango with a knife

Picture of a mango slice:

mango slice

Step 3: Turn the mango and slice from the other side

Once the knife reaches the hard mango stone, it’s time to turn the mango and slice from the other side of the mango.  Keep doing it until you finish slicing the mango, and the only thing left is the mango stone.

On this picture, the mango slices are on the cutting board, and the hand is holding the stone of the mango:

mango pit and mango slices

Step 4: Discard mango stone

Before throwing out the mango stone, you might want to eat the mango around it! There is lots of mango left on the mango pit after slicing, and there is nothing wrong with eating around the mango stone with your teeth :)  I won’t tell anyone :)

mango pit a.k.a mango stone

Step 5: Enjoy eating the juicy mango slices

Here’s the picture of mango slices, ready to be eaten!

sliced mango - picture of mango slices

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3 replies
    • Jackie
      Jackie says:

      Yes you can. As a kid, my mom would poke toothpicks through them so she could hang them in a cup of water. She kept it in there until the seed (stone) started to sprout in the water. Once that happened she would plant it in soil. Did we ever get mangos? That I can’t remember. I’m 1 of 9 kids (kid #8), dad planted a fruit tree for each kid, mom and dad had a huge garden in the backyard so there was always fresh fruits and vegetables galore!

  1. Melanie Mendelson
    Melanie Mendelson says:

    I never tried doing it myself, but I’ve heard you can grow the mango by soaking the mango stone in a jar of water for 2 weeks, then planting it.


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