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How to Cut Up a Mango Like a Pro (+ Video)

How to Cut Up a Mango

How to properly cut mango into a gorgeous porcupine that will wow your family and guests and be simple to eat.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Keyword tropical fruit
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sarah Pope MGA


  • 1 ripe mango local and in season if possible


  1. Select a mango which has some bulk to it and some softness. Wash and rinse it thoroughly.

  2. Stand the mango on one end so it is tall holding one broad side in your left hand (vice versa if you're a "leftie").

  3. Use a sharp knife to slice slightly off center from the top of the right broad side shaving as closely as you can to the stone all the way to the bottom. The closer to the stone the knife passes the more flesh will be cupped in the skin. The half will fall to the right after the knife passes completely through the fruit.

  4. Repeat for the other side of the fruit. 

  5. Once you have the skin separated, steady one half on the cutting board with the flat fruit side up.

  6. Taking care not to puncture the skin, deeply score the flesh lengthwise in the very middle then make parallel scores every centimetre or so - one by one - until you reach the edge and repeat for the other side of the central score.

  7. If you have cut through the flesh close enough to the skin (but not punctured it) you can now force the skin inside out so the cubes of mango flesh protrude and the fruit half is convex in shape.

  8. Kids love this sweet and nutritious "porcupine"!

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