I can’t remember where I learned this, but it’s got to be one of my favorite little culinary tricks. Years ago, when I was teaching preschool, one of the little girls in my class brought half a mango, with its skin intact, for snack. Now, maybe I was just mango-clueless, but I think I nearly fainted when I saw her flip it inside out and easily eat the sweet fruit. Shortly after that, I discovered the trick. And, if you haven’t seen this before, here’s a little photo guide for how to easily dice a mango.
How to Dice a Mango
Step 1: Start with one ripe, juicy mango. It should smell sweet and give a little when you press it with your fingers.
Step 2: Mangoes have a large, flat seed, which runs through the center of the fruit. To remove the seed, balance the mango on one of its thin sides and cut the fruit from both sides of the center. You will know if you’ve hit the seed if your knife encounters resistance.
Step 3: Holding one side in your palm, carefully score the mango with a sharp knife into your desired dice. Try to cut up to the skin, but not through the skin. Placing a towel between the mango and your palm can help prevent injuries if you accidentally cut through the mango skin.
Step 4: (This is my favorite part!!) Placing your thumbs on the skin side of the mango, flip it inside out, so that it looks like a mango porcupine.
Step 5: Holding the mango over a bowl, use a sharp knife to cut the mango away from the skin.
Voila! Diced Mango! Perfect for tonight’s Spicy Mango Salsa!