How to Prepare a Mango

by Robin Noelle ; Updated September 28, 2017

The mango is a very popular tropical fruit that many people enjoy fresh in the morning or in dishes such as salsa or chutney. There are many ways to enjoy mango, but first you must prepare it for use.

Select a ripe mango. You can tell if a mango is ripe by feeling it. Like an avocado, it should have a slight give when you feel it. The aroma will also tell you if the mango is ripe. The stronger the scent, the more ripe it is.

Place the mango on a flat surface. You can use a cutting board, preferably one with a trough around it to catch the juice.

Slice around the stone. Mangoes have a large stone in the middle. Using a sharp knife, slice around the stone, similar to how you would an avocado. Similarly, you can slice down two sides leaving you with three pieces, including the one in the middle with the stone.

Make a checkerboard pattern in the fruit on the pieces without the stone, using your knife. This way you can turn the skin inside out and slice or scrape the cubes of mango into a bowl.

Cut around the stone. Using your knife, slice away as much fruit from the stone as you can.

Eat your mango fresh with yogurt or lime or puree it with a little lime in the blender for use in sauces and curries.


  • Choose ripe or not quite ripe fruit. For firm mangoes, you can sometimes peel them with a potato peeler.

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Robin Noelle is a professional writer living and working in Northern California. She has a degree in Journalism and a background in high tech public relations. She is the author of travel guides and end-user computer books.