How To: Peel A Mango

It has been brought to my attention that maybe not everyone has bought a mango before. I guess they are kind of tropical and when you live in the Midwest, sometimes things take a while to get here. Like hundreds of years. But really. I think the first time I bought a mango was only a few years ago.

So how do you shop for and prepare this delicious fruit? Read on, my friends.

When shopping for a mango, it’s not color that is important, it’s how it feels. There are many different varieties that are ripe throughout the year, so if you shop solely by color you may be disappointed.  Like a peach, it should have a slight give when squeezed gently. If it’s rock hard, I try to avoid it. Although, you can let it sit on your counter for a few days and it should ripen up. Once ripe, you can store it in the fridge to extend it’s shelf life. When they’re on sale you can stock up and freeze the chunks for smoothies.

A mango has a flat seed that runs through the middle. So basically, you find the center line by standing it on it’s ‘edge’, place your knife about 1/2 inch from the center and cut each ‘cheek’ off.  Then scoop out the flesh like an avacado. (Don’t worry, you’ll know if you hit the seed.  If that happens just move your knife out a bit more and try again.) Looks simple, right mom?

And there you have it! Ripe, juicy mango ready for human consumption.  You can store the chunks in an airtight container in the fridge.  It will keep for few days to have for snacking or use it to make my delicious salsa!
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