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A Brilliant Method of Cutting and Eating Mangoes

First: admit and submit to the glory of the mango. It is the best fruit ever.

Second: Yes, my skin is now a crispy shade of red-brown, as the photo to the lower right reveals. I can’t help it! The Ghanaian sun is literally GIANT sized here, and has the super-ability of crawling beneath hats, awnings, roofs, and sunscreen.

Oh little epidermis — keep trying your best to protect me and I shall keep trying my best to protect you!

Now back to mangoes.

It turns out there is an ingenious way to cut and eat this wonder fruit that I have learned, thanks to Ghanaian friends. Come give it a try!

The best way to cut a mango!
The best way to cut a mango!

1. Stand the mango on its end and slice off two hemispheres as close to the long flat pit as possible.

2. Set the middle third aside. For each of the two hemispheres, slice your knife in a cross-hatch: three or four parallel cuts in one direction, then three or four in the perpendicular direction.

3. Push your thumbs against the round dome of the hemisphere so the whole thing pops inside out (pictured, upper left), thus freeing sixteen or so succulent mango cubes! Stick your face in and eat! You will stay surprisingly clean, as each cube leaps into your mouth with a slight push of the tongue.

4. Now on to the middle third: less clean than the side thirds, but still tidier than other methods of mango devoration.

First, peel or slice off the ring of skin around this section… then chomp-slurp right into the flesh around the pit until that pit is bone white and clean! YUM! (The photo to the below gracefully pictures this action.)

Happily eating a mango.
Happily eating a mango.

5. Hurl the pit into the yard for the goats to eat (er, or into the trash or compost), wash your juice-kissed hands and face in the tap, and grab some floss for your teeth!

Feel those golden vitamins surging through you? Mmm, that feels goooood… and it tastes good, too!

Want more about food in Ghana? Check out “What is Fufu?


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Alzerina S.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Mangoes are one of my favorites, but they are messy. I found this article really helpful.

Rose B

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Mangos are one of my favorite foods, and when I was younger they were the thing that I always wanted to eat. I had a CONSTANT hunger for the juicy sweet yumminess. My dad always used to cut my mango the same way, and I agree it is the most efficient way to eat them. Even if my dad is the master of cutting fruit into convenient slices, I still struggle with even getting the mint the parts in order to make the tiny squares. I always cut too close to the middle and get the knife caught on the pit. Thank you for the step by step instructions, this should be very useful in my near future. P.S. I bet Ghana has the best mangos! on a scale of 1to 10 how would you rate them?

Lanae C.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

This article is so useful and very helpful to me because I have little siblings a home and they could be very messy at times. I LOVE MANGOES!!! Thank you for sharing this method of eating mangoes with me!

Anthony C.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

I used to always eat mangoes so messy but now I don't have to anymore. Thanks to you!

NgocBich N.

Monday 16th of November 2015

The way you wrote this story was so funny. That was the way I eat mangoes sometimes too. I LOVE MANGOES!!!!!

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