How to cut up a mango

Mangocubes2My lovely friend Elaine asked me how I deal with mangoes the other day. I was shown this in a restaurant years ago, I call it hedgehog style. As I remember it was served at the hedgehog stage on a plate, leaving us to eat it rather than sliced off in cubes.  It is still sticky and a bit messy and you may, like Mr Leakey, just decide to get in the bath with your mango instead,  but here goes. I had this beautful Thai golden mango from Wai Yee Hong so thought I would show you.

My Friend Mr Leakey by J S Haldane

The frugal amongst you can trim the centre part and run the back of a knife along the seed and the skins to get every last bit off and add to your morning fruit and yoghurt like I do! I don’t usually mark the fruit with a pen, but just for this I did.





36 thoughts on “How to cut up a mango

  1. Ann

    I do my mangoes like this too but I am not so polite as to remove the remaining flesh from the stone with a knife – I stand over the sink and suck it off! Actually the bath would be a very good place to eat them.

    1. Joanna Post author

      They are so very drippy when they are ripe. Mostly we get the red and green ones here, but I much prefer these ones which are usually less fibrous as well. I remember reading this book as a child and begging for a mango to take to the bath, they get a bit warm though in there :)

  2. Misky

    Messy, true, but oh so yummy! And, yes, that’s how Peder cuts them also. He is my resident mango hedgehogger. :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      I don’t see the golden ones very often here, so treated myself to this one, Brian is a take it or leave it mango eater, but I adore them :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Sometimes they can be very perfumed can’t they? I like them when they have a bit of citrussy bite to them :)

  3. sallybr

    Ann, you do it as a true Brazilian! The standing by the sink sucking the mango pit is a requirement, something we learn early in life

    My grandfather used to eat mangoes in a very unique way – you make a circular cut on the top, part, then you “suck” the whole pulp little by little massaging the fruit hard and pushing the pulp up – messy like nothing else. But delicious…..

    1. Joanna Post author

      I am guessing your grandfather didn’t pass his mango around to share! They are seriously messy fruits :)

      1. sallybr

        Oh, no! That becomes your “personal mango”, as the relationship between fruit and eater is quite close… ;-)

  4. heidiannie

    I love how to posts on messy fruits! I saw one on pomegranates not long ago and thought to myself- now if only someone would address the mango. Thank you, Joanna.
    I usually buy mangoes a little green and then wait too long to slice into them! In fact , ( hanging head in shame) the last two times I made mango salsa I used frozen mango for convenience sake.

    1. Joanna Post author

      You are welcome Heidi! I think if I had a bigger freezer I would keep frozen mango too, very good idea! I am also a big mango chutney fan, I eat that when Brian eats hot lime pickle with curries.

  5. Debra Kolkka

    I love mangoes, and eat them this way sometimes. I am only in Brisbane for part of the mango season and have to make the most of them.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I have never seen a mango on a tree, they are all imported here and quite pricey, so have that exotic otherworld quality about them for us. I would probably make myself sick if I were somewhere where they were in season :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      I should have added some words to the post, like be careful not to cut through the skin when you are making the cuts, and pick up the halfed mango and press on the back and push with your thumbs to make it pop the other way, but I hope it is clear enough!

  6. ray@garlic buddha

    You make that look easy! I don’t buy mangos very often and I ought to because they make lovely desserts. I am fond of mango lassi in the summer though usually used tinned.

    1. Joanna Post author

      It is easy, still a bit sticky though! I haven’t made lassi Ray, is that the yoghurt drink? I have made chutney once when there was a bargain box of mangoes at the local green grocer though. Heidi gets frozen mango chunks, I might have a look for those one day if I am in a big supermarket, though I try to avoid them these days.

  7. cityhippyfarmgirl

    I do love mango season, but like you I like them on the tartier side. Ripe is too late and over ripe- not for me!
    As kids we would always have a tray of mangoes at Christmas time.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I think they must be much more common in Australia than here where they fall into the exotic fruit category with lychees and guava. Not good for your food miles but once in a while they are a treat!

  8. Le Petit Potager

    I always wait for the calypso mangoes with their lovely pink and lemon skin……..and best of all I can cut almost to the seed without and fibrous residue. I’ve often looked at the mango cutters; have you ever tried one?

    1. Joanna Post author

      I looked Calypso up and as far as I can see it is an Australian variety, sounds perfect. In the UK, we get mostly the big red green ones from the Carribean, not sure what the name is, but often fibrous, and some Alphonso from India and Pakistan, though there was I think a ban ? I am not very well informed on the mango trade and they are expensive here, we don’t grow them commercially, though with global warming …. So I buy maybe two or three a year, that’s all.

  9. ardysez

    I learned to cut mangoes this way too, Joanna. This was one of the first things I learned when I first moved to Darwin, Australia over 30 years ago. And at first I ate them off the skin, like a local. THEN, I discovered there is a sap in the skin and the branches/tree that some people (me) are highly allergic to!! It is in the same family as poison ivy. Boy, did I have an allergic reaction to it. After that I not only couldn’t eat them off the skin, I could not even touch them without thoroughly washing my hands, or I would have blisters from them. For years they were my favourite fruit, but eventually I had to give them up entirely as eating them gave me eczema. Such is life. Good step by step demonstration, Joanna.

  10. Joanna Post author

    Yikes! That is no fun Ardys. Allergies are miserable aren’t they? I didn’t know about the mango sap. I guess lots of trees have elements like these so as to reduce predators and damage, though it is surprising that the sap is in the skin too, mysterious are the ways of plants and their defence mechanisms and their need to reproduce.

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