How to cut a mango
Mango is native to southern Asia, especially Burma and eastern India. Mangos first introduced to California (Santa Barbara) in 1880. Mango trees will grow upto 60 feet tall. Mango trees require hot, dry periods to set and produce a good crop. Most of the mangos sold in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Today there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos throughout the world. I have also included how to cut a mango video at the end of this hub.
Common Names: Mango, Mangot, Manga, Mangou.
Mango nutrition facts:
- Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins C and A. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.
- Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber. An average size mango can contain upto 40% of your daily fiber requirement.
- Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
- Mangoes, both ripe and unripe are very good sources of vitamin C. 16mg of vitamin C is present in 100 gms of mango.
Health benefits of mango:
Mango is one of the best sources of betacarotene. Betacarotene are powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells and lead to heart disease, cancer, degenerative diseases and premature aging.
Simple steps to cut a mango:
1. Wash the mango. Do not peel the mango skin.
2. Cut the mango into three pieces.
3. Place the mango on the cutting board and find the side that seems the tallest—the pit will be sitting along that line. Make two parallel slices along the length of the flatter sides of the mango, on either side of the seed. You want a good amount of mango to be left on the cheeks.
4. When you finished making these cuts, you will have 3 slices of fresh mango. One slice will have pit in the center. The other two conatin prime pieces of mango.
5. Make cross cut slices on the cheeks. Do not cut the skin.
6. Using the middle and ring fingers, push the mango cheeks out.
7. In case, you hit the pit, readjust the position of the knife and make slices. Similarly, cut another large half of the mango.
8. Cutting the sides can be a little harder. Mangos have a large flat pit in the middle. They look like a flattened oval, with the pit running lengthwise from top to bottom.
Another easy way to cut a mango:
You can also cut a mango using mango splitter. Mango splitter will cut the fruit into two pieces and remove the pit in the process. Take the two pieces and make slices vertically and horizontally into uniform wedges.
Choose yellowish green color mango and smooth skin. Avoid choosing mango that is too hard or too soft, bruised, or the smell of fermentation.