Learning How to Peel a Mango with a Glass is the easiest way to cut a mango. Use a glass to slide the mango skin away from the mango flesh and enjoy mango in no time!
There are many varieties of mangos (yes, you can spell the plural “mangos” OR “mangoes”, whichever floats your boat) like Haden and Ataulfo and oh so many ways to eat them such as in a salsa, a smoothie, a fruit tart, but…the biggest challenge for me when it comes to mangos (it’s certainly not a problem to figure out how to eat a mango!) has always been how to peel a mango.
Picture this and tell me if you can relate: you picked out a few fragrant, colorful, and gorgeous mangos and have them in your kitchen at home.
You turn the mango right-side-up then upside-down and wonder where to start.
Let’s talk about how to cut a mango
You’ve heard that it’s necessary to cut around the oval mango pit or rough part of the mango in the center but a mango isn’t like an avocado whose seed is obvious. It’s more of mysterious middle area that is fibrous and tough and its color blends into the flesh seamlessly making it difficult to see the separation.
And, even once you figure out how to cut around the middle and have two “cheeks” of the mango you still need to separate the flesh from the skin so that you can move on with your mango enjoyment.
You could try a mango peeler like this one on Amazon. Have you tried this method? If so, let me know what you think.
Is a fruit really worth this much work???
Yes! Here’s an easy shortcut that makes cutting a mango much easier and it might even bring a smile to your face. Mango magic, here we come.
The trick? A simple glass
I think this is the best way to peel a mango. Simple tools that you already have– a glass!
Yes, a cup, glass or even a bowl would likely work well. You still need a knife to cut the mango cheeks away from the center but after that it is smooth sailing with the glass. Here’s what worked for me, have you tired this before?
Check out the video that shows you the steps to separate the mango skin from the mango flesh. You’ll be ready to make your mango recipe in no time!
How do you peel a mango with a glass?
- Slice the mango from top to bottom with a knife, trying to curve around the pit area in the middle. Repeat for the second side. Throw out the middle section.
2. Now set the bottom edge of one mango cheek along the rim of a glass. Your hand curves around the mango skin; press gently but firmly to move the glass in between the skin and the flesh of the mango. Push down and the peel magically separates from the flesh and the goodness lands right inside the glass. Repeat for the other side. your mango is ready to go!
This special Ataulfo mango in stores usually in late March. The ataulfo is often grown in Mexico, has yellow skin and a soft fleshy interior.
Its thin pit makes it especially easy to slice and it is perfect for this slice-a-mango-with-a-glass trick.
Are you looking for another way to cut a mango into cubes so that you can use it in recipes? Try the method where you make crisscross cuts in each mango cheek then slice the cubes off close to the peel.
- One mango of any type
- a knife
- a drinking glass
- Slice the mango about a centimeter from the middle from top to bottom with a knife, trying to curve around the pit area in the middle. Repeat for the second side. Throw out the middle section.
- Now set the bottom edge of one mango cheek along the rim of a glass. Your hand curves around the mango skin; press gently but firmly to move the glass in between the skin and the flesh of the mango.
- Push down and the peel magically separates from the flesh and the goodness lands right inside the glass. Repeat for the other side. Your mango is ready to go!
This method works on any type of mango. Traditional mangos or smaller, honey mangos.
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Post originally published in March 2015
Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker’s House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, and She Knows.