how to cubed mangoes easily
Summer was the best time of the year for enjoying as many fruits there is. My trip to the market became sort of exciting as I always looked forward to buying fruits which are in season. Prices of fruits come in a little cheaper when the are in abundance. That goes true with ripe mangoes. Though, they’re not in the best produce this year, as the extended rainy season in the last “ber” months leaves havoc on the trees when its flowers were a-blooming.
Nevertheless, ripe mangoes in our province are sweet, if not the sweetest of its kind. Pardon my bragging. We just so loved ripe mangoes here that next to bananas, its the fruit that will surely invade my fruit tray. Same as in any other fruits, mango fruit pulp packs a lot of essential nutrients -copper, potassium and amino acids, too. More significantly, Vitamin C and Vitamin A found in mangoes powers up its antioxidant properties that counteracts free radicals, the caused to many diseases and certain types of cancer.
There are a lot food preparation to enjoy ripe mangoes. Here in our home, we enjoyed the fruit as is, or be made into smoothie, or mango salsa, or mango pudding, even mango popsicles and other desserts.
But, sometimes, peeling this somewhat simple yellow fruit can be too daunting a task. My kids always end up with thinly slice mangoes, where most of the fleshy pulp were left at the seed part. Sad part is, the kids shun off the seed part and I always end up getting it as my share
Today, as we have fish over lunch, I tried making mango salsa. It’s a great combination for fried fish. I did asked my daughter to cube the mangoes while I diced up tomatoes and onions. Sadly, she doesn’t know how to do simple a task I asked of her. When I did showed her how the trick of cubing mangoes are done…I had this idea that I had to show here the simple and easy-to-do mango cubing technique.
However, my first tip goes on how to sliced off the mangoes to get thicker slices. Start off by getting a sharp paring knife and starting at the thicker part of the mango, slide off the knife guiding it through the seed all the way to the tip. Of course, it shall be a “bumpy ride”. But, a good paring knife will glide off easily.
When mangoes are sliced, make slanting cuts in each slice piece. Or, it is okay to sliced off in straight lines. However you prefer. Slanting slice will just make diagonal cuts, just as to achieve aesthetic food presentation/garnish.
Here comes the fun part. You might wonder what in the world was the wineglass doing in the picture? Sounds like a wrong glass for smoothie? Before I decided to run this post, I googled up similar post regarding how to make dice or cube mangoes. Top five on Google search I have visited have almost the same procedure/technique -slicing off the mangoes in either slanting or straight line, then, separating the fleshy part from the skin (peel) using the same knife! I used to do this procedure in the past, I end up with uneven slices and some flesh still attached to the peel. “Sayang!” Then, one particular site caught me off laughing because the procedure climaxes at the part where the sliced mangoes needs to be “pulled off” using the fingers. Ending the post with picture perfect photo of “more uneven sliced mangoes and uneven edges” showing in its undersides. I was laughing because I had tried the procedure many times. Many times. Ripe mangoes have soft pulp, pulling it off from its skin can cause pressure, it shall leave a hollow mark or dents, deforming the pulp. Plus, ripe mangoes can be too slippery to hold with fingers. Or, if you add more grip = uneven shapes. Sorry. I had to share my bad experiences.
So, here goes the use of the stemware. Slide off the mouth of the glass through the sliced mangoes and glide all the way down. Ripe mangoes are soft, did I say. The stemware will glide smoothly like a knife cutting through the mangoes…
Final product. Uneven shapes? That happens when the daughter makes double transverse cut on the sliced mangoes
I hoped the next time one buys ripe mangoes in the market and wishes to make fresh mango salads, make sure that a stemware is available up for grab. It will save time for preparation plus, it’s a lot safer than using a knife in an oval shape mango fruit
Hope this post helps