Now that’s the sort of attention-grabbing title for an article I like! But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s synchronise ourselves and make sure we are all singing from the same song book:
The mango is a juicy stone fruit belonging to the genus of species Mangifera”. The majority of these species are found in nature as wild mangoes. They are native to South and Southeast Asia, but have grown significantly in popularityand are now distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. Highest concentrations of mango orchards can be found in Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Burma and India. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines and the national tree of Bangladesh. It is so important that in several cultures, its fruit and leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings, public celebrations and religious ceremonies. Did I say that they also taste great? But there is a slight impediment to enjoying a mango the moment you get one from the fruiterers or supermarket: The skin.
Mangoes are tricky. They have really thin skin that is the devil’s own job to peel off and they have a huge, flat pit running right down the middle that seems to get in the way of almost everything. Their tough, pumice-like core is tricky to navigate because it’s concealed deep within the fruit and is bigger than you might think. Forget orange peel or anything so thin. But there’s hope for us. A new fruit interrogator on the scene and he’s recorded a video that shows us how the Mango’s tender sweet flash may not be as inaccessible as we feared.
The video is from someone who calls himself “CrazyRussianHacker”. And there’s no hacking and slashing where his technique is involved. He shows you how to deal with a mango’s peel by using a glass. In the video you see him first cut the fruit along its pit. Next you use the edge of a glass to separate the fruit from the peel. How? You simply place the rim where the skin meets the fruit, and push the mango down the side of the glass. The skin peels off in one piece. It’s as simple as that. Honestly. Watch the video. Why didn’t anyone discover this before?
There’s another way to do it as well. And there’s another video that shows you how (check the link). This one asks that you pick the ripest mango (one that gives a little bit when pressed near the stem end).
After locating the large flat pit you cut along either side of it. Next, as shown in the video, you have two options: One is to peel the mango first and then slice it, and the other is slicing first and then removing the skin. If you choose option one, once you’ve removed the mango flesh, you can slice or dice it up. If you chose option two where the skin is still attached, you can score cubes into the flesh and turn it inside out which looks better but is a little trickier.
So here you have two ways to impress your friends by showing them there’s more than one way to skin a cat… I mean mango!