When I’m at home, not intending to share, and not trying to be particularly cute, I tear into mangoes the fastest way I can, and get about the business of eating it. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to have mess-free mango cubes, like when eating on the go or preparing a dish with mangos as an ingredient.
To quickly chop a mango:
- Slice the fruit on both sides of the large seed, trying not to get the really fibrous parts.
- Score each section vertically and horizontally with a sharp knife.
- Press the skin side inwards so the scored fruit stands out.
- Slide a knife between the fruit and skin, and voila! Neat mango cubes.
I found this tip from, of all places, an episode of House Hunters International on HGTV. A couple was preparing lunch while talking about their big plans to move to I-can’t-remember-where, and the woman nonchalantly slices into an avocado pit (with the biggest knife ever, I might add). At first I was like, “What is she doing”; then, when she lifts the knife with the pit stuck to it, I was like, “WHAT!” No more avocado-y fingers and jacked up looking slices from twisting, scooping, or otherwise (ineffectively) coercing the pit out.
Here’s how it goes:
- Cut avocado in half lengthwise.
- Carefully saw into the pit a bit with a sharp knife.
- Use the knife to twist the pit gently, and remove.
- Slide a spoon around the inside edge of each half, and scoop out the fruit in one large piece.
- Place the scooped piece upside down on a plate or cutting board, and slice or chop.
Check out some of the health benefits of eating avocados here.
I usually eat mangos plain as a snack and add avocados to omelets, but I’d love to have some other options. What are your favorite ways to eat or prepare mangos and avocados?