Kitchen Basics: Mangos and Avocados

How to Chop a Mango

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.

How to Remove Avocado Pit

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?



  1. I use smooshed up avocado plain as a sandwich spread instead of mayo, mustard, etc. Goes really really well with turkey!

    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      I love this idea! Thank you! I just bought a bunch of avocados, and since they all seem to ripen at the same time, this tip is just perfect.

  2. Funny thing is I think I remember the episode of House Hunters that you are referring to – I’m addicted to that show. Thanks for the chopping tips Missy. Mangoes and Avocados happen to be two of my favorite things so this was helpful.


    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Jillian! My fave House Hunters episodes are the ones set in Paris (*swoon*).

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