This glorious, delicious, stubborn fruit. As fantastic as they are, mangoes are a massive pain in the rear-end due to their flatish oval pit in the middle. Unlike other stone fruits like avocados and apricots, mango pits are harder to identify because they are light in color and do not have a defined circular shape. And once you find yourself in the lunch room at work, mango juice dripping down your chin, trying to eat around the unidentified pit, coworkers judging you from all directions, you will definitely wish you had read this post all the way through. Trust me, you only make that mistake once. Let me save you the trouble.
LIFE HACK: How To Cut A Mango
- Prop the mango up vertical on a cutting board. Holding the fruit in place with one hand, use a paring knife to slice down the mango 1/3 of the way from the outside peel. Repeat on the opposite side of the mango so you have three slices, two outer pieces and one middle slice with the pit inside.
- Take one of the outer pieces and lie it on the cutting board, peel side down (like a bowl). Make vertical slices through the mango, almost to the peel. Repeat with horizontal slices. Repeat with the other outer piece of mango.
- Open the mango by the peel, as if you are flipping it inside out. Hold the fruit vertical above a bowl and run your knife along the peel to slice the cubed pieces off the peel. Repeat with the other peel.
- You may be able to cut small cubes of mango from around the pit as well. Don’t let any of this juicy goodness go to waste!
The girl with the mango juice on her chin.