How to Peel and Eat Mangos

by Irena Eaves ; Updated September 28, 2017

Slicing cubes into the mango's flesh is known as the hedgehog method.

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Mangos, though juicy and delicious, are a pain to eat. Navigating around the tough skin and knotty pit is a deterrent for many people. But once you learn to conquer the mango, you'll find that it's an endlessly versatile fruit. It's a perfect pair for breakfast and dessert items, but it's lovely in savory dishes too. Of course, there's nothing quite like enjoying a ripe, succulent mango all on its own. Whatever your method, learning how to properly prepare a mango is the first step on the road to enjoyment.

Place the mango on a cutting board with the stem down.

Place your knife just slightly to side of the center of mango. Cut downwards, angling your knife around the pit. Repeat on the other side of the fruit. The two resulting mango halves are known as "cheeks."

Score the mango with lengthwise cuts about 3/4 inches apart, stopping just short of the skin. Separate the fruit from the skin with the tip of your knife to create slices.

Transfer the slices to a plate and eat them with a fork.

Score the mango with crosswise cuts if your prefer mango cubes. Pop the cheek inside out by pushing the skin upwards from underneath.

Eat the mango cubes directly off the skin by biting them or scooping them out with a spoon. Or separate the cubes from the skin with the tip of your knife. Transfer the cubes to a bowl and eat them with a spoon.


  • Select mangoes that emit a fruity aroma from the stem and give slightly to pressure. Store unripe mangoes in a brown paper bag to encourage the ripening process.

    For a healthy snack, roll mango slices up with a piece of lunch meat.

    You can serve mango cubes to others by sticking them onto toothpicks. Add mango cubes to oatmeal, ice cream, stir-fries and any of your favorite foods.

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Irena Eaves began writing professionally in 2005. She has been published on several websites including RedPlum, and Eaves holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University.