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How Do You Eat a Mango?

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eat a mangoI didn’t like mangoes in Canada.

They never ripened, were expensive, and they tasted like soap.

Mangoes sold at the supermarket were always hard. Just set it on the window ledge for a few days, they said. It’ll ripen and be delicious, they said.

Not true.

Mangoes in Canada arrive hard and unripe. They then quickly go from unripe to rotten. They seen to have forgotten the important step of being ripe and delicious.

Many expats move to a country where mangoes are both abundant, inexpensive and delicious.

But this creates a conundrum.

How can a gringo (with no experience) successfully eat this tropical fruit?

How To Eat a Mango

How is a mango to be eaten – while maintaining some level of human dignity?

We’ve noticed that there are three kinds of mango eaters. The first two are most common. The third method is a solid option.

  1. Rip & Tear: Get sticky up to your elbows while ripping it open and scraping the flesh off with your teeth. Often done while hunched over a sink.
  2. Juice Sucker: Gently massage the mango until soft – it becomes a sack of juice. Then bite a small hole in the end and suck out all the pure juice. Note: we did this for a few years when we first moved to Ecuador – until we discovered that an uncomfortable number of them had maggots.
  3. Cup Scooper: Following the simple steps in this post, you can easily remove the soft ripe flesh with a drinking glass.

eat a mango

Your Turn

How do you eat a mango? Are you one of the above? Or do you have another method? {Please share it in the comments below}

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Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

7 comments… add one
  • Louise Jun 24, 2015, 4:22 am

    I’m a ‘rip and tear’ but I love the sound of the juice sucker!
    I didn’t like mangoes either in the UK, until I tasted a fresh one in Costa Rica.
    Lou x

  • Al Timm Apr 14, 2015, 6:46 pm

    The wife and I love Mangos!
    Before I buy a Mango it has to have a bit of a softness to it when I give it a very gentle squeeze. A sign of ripeness.
    I wash my hands first since I use the peeling method. Completely peeled I cut from one end into and down to the end of the seed….turn the knife at a bit of an angle and proceed cutting along the flat side of the seed staying right against the seed … do the same on the other side…then you still can cut off small slices on each side from the center to the skinny edge of the seed and gnaw off the rest.
    Cut to desired size and enjoy as is or mix with other fruits with or without yogurt.
    I’m getting hungry! :))

  • Howard Perry Oct 19, 2014, 4:11 am

    I’m from South East Australia and mangos grow in the northern, tropical part. Because, interstate biosecurity control is so good, you never get any living thing in a mango. They tend to be picked just before they ripen, so there is a good chance of getting a mango which will ripen to a nice juicy sweet fruit.

    The Australian way of eating mango-
    1 Place mango on its side lengthways.
    2. Turn mango so that the sides are fatter than top due to the seed in the centre
    3,. With sharp knife cut from top to bottom until you reach the seed shell, then turn the knife outwards and continue
    cutting around the seed.,
    4, Repeat this on the other side.
    5, The mango is now in 3 pieces. If you have been successful there will only be a little flesh and skin attached to the seed and you can cut this off and suck it away from the skin.
    6. For the 2 main halves, place each half skin downwards and make knife cuts along the length, then turn half at right angles and make more cuts. IMPORTANT. when making these cuts, do not cut right throught the skin.
    7. Now you have 2 mango halves with flesh cut into squares.
    8. Turn each half, so that skin is upwards and flesh downwards. Push skin with finger to turn half inside out. This
    is why you must not cut the skin.
    9., You can eat mango like this picking off individual cubes with teeth or use spoon or knife to remove flesh from skin into a dish for serving.

    Try it.

  • Terry Doyle Sep 29, 2014, 4:46 pm

    True dat! Mangoes in the US are only occasionally worth buying and finding one that’s a bit ripe is a good sign. I remember buying a bag full of small mangoes for a dollar, 10 or so, on the streets of La Ceiba, Honduras. I don’t think I bothered to wash them, a step I highly recommend, but in a pinch, my favorite fruit ran all over my chin and, leaning forward, into the street. Absolutely delicious! The trouble with mangoes is that the pit stays with the ripe fruit around it and can only be gnawed off – well worth the effort.

    Try with vanilla ice cream, small chunks chopped and strewn over the top with a bit of whip cream and sliced almonds. Mmmmmm….

  • Kay Dougherty Sep 19, 2014, 8:36 pm

    If a mango isn’t ripe I don’t buy it – I waited for too many of those hard ones to ripen and they just don’t! But an excellent way to eat mango a la grown-up style is with feta cheese, Kalamata olives and some oil and herbs. I had it that way in a restaurant in Boston and fell in love with it. I cheat and get the olive mixture at the antipasto bar at the grocery store and then just spoon it onto cut up mango and people think I’ve done something brilliant! Don’t tell!

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