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How to Peel a Mango in 8 Seconds (and Eat it Like a Human)

Posted in: Ecuador Food, Ecuador Travel, Expat Hacks

Love mango but hate the mess?

Here’s how to get the fruit without having to eat over the kitchen sink.

how to eat a mango

Eat a Mango Like a Human

If you’ve ever tried to eat a mango, you know that it will take away almost all of your dignity.

You know what I’m talking about.

Yellow pulp on both cheeks and juice dripping off your elbows. Even animals are better at it than we are.

There must be a better way…

3 Steps to Peel a Mango (Like a Human)

Here is a better (more civilized) way to peel a mango:

  1. Cut both sides off the mango (using a cutting board and care not to take off your finger tips)
  2. Holding the cheek in your hand, flesh side up, place the mango against the lip of a standard drinking glass.
  3. Slide the mango down, allowing the lip of the glass to separate the flesh from the skin.

Not sure of the execution? Check out this short video:

How to peel a mango in under 10 seconds

Watch on YouTube.

cup peel a mango

Another example of the cup-scrape method for peeling a mango.

Now, It’s Your Turn

How do you peel a mango? Please share your tips and comments below.

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

8 comments… add one
  • Tahoedirt Jan 10, 2016, 3:45 pm

    With the same principle, use a martini shaker.

  • Stacey Nov 8, 2014, 7:07 pm


    I actually was cutting mango for a fruit salad yesterday and managed alright, I think I might try this method though!

  • Donna Aug 3, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I learned to cut the “cheeks” off, score the inside in a 1/4 inch checkerboard pattern, then turn the fruit inside out and cut off the fruit from the skin into bite size cubes!

    • Bryan Haines Aug 4, 2014, 6:49 am

      Nice. I’ve seen this done before – now I’ll have to try it.

  • Max Sand Jul 31, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Hey, thanks for this. I stopped eating fresh mangos because it was a pain in the but and I started buying frozen or expensive pre-peeled slices. I’ll give this a try.
    good tip 🙂

  • Bob Gracie Jul 29, 2014, 12:54 pm

    I appreciate the tip, but I’m of the yellow pulp on the cheeks and juice on the elbows faction. Eating a Mango is such a sensory experience, that I hate to limit it to taste alone. The drip on my chin, the cool sensation on my cheeks, the perfume exploding in my nostrils, are all part of the experience. Sure, I look like a Baboon, but a VERY satisfied, exquisitely satiated Baboon. No other fruit can quite achieve the pure sensory overload of devouring a Mango.

    I do appreciate your method though. I will use it when I have company over.

    When I’m by myself though…

    It’s Baboon all the way 🙂

    • Bryan Haines Jul 29, 2014, 1:17 pm

      Love it! I eat them that way too… (when it’s just our family home anyway).

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