Food Q&A: How to Eat a Mango

I bought a mango. Now what?

In our Q&A series, nutritionist and food editor Leslie Fink, MS, RD, answers questions about food, nutrition and weight loss.

Q: I bought a mango! Now what?

A: Mangos are plump and juicy and one of summer's golden beauties. But separating the edible fruit from the pit can be quite a challenge. After I cut mine with a knife (more details to follow), I eat any remaining fruit that's stuck to the pit with my teeth, in my bathing suit, in the backyard — and then jump in the pool to wash off the juice that's inevitably dripping down my arms!

But for a classier approach, I asked Lisa Cherkasky, a Washington D.C.-based food writer, consultant and stylist, to share her culinary expertise.

To peel and eat a mango, she recommends the following:

  1. Hold the mango upright and cut vertically between the pit and the flesh, creating two halves that are flat on one side, plus the pit.

  2. Place the mango halves peel-side down and score the flesh in a criss-cross manner with a knife (make sure to cut through the flesh only and not the skin).

  3. Now flip the mango halves inside out so the squares of fruit face up and out. Then either pull each square off with your hands or cut them all off with a knife.

  4. Cut off any remaining pieces around the pit with a knife.

You can enjoy your mango plain, blended into a smoothie (combine with vanilla yogurt or low-fat milk and ice), diced or sliced into a chicken salad sandwich, in a salsa (combine diced mango with lime juice, cilantro, minced red pepper and jalapeño) or tossed with grapefruit slices and avocado chunks.