Fun Ways to Cut a Mango for Eating as a Flower or a Hedgehog
How to Make a Mango on a Stick or Mango Hedgehog
Mangoes are one of those healthy treats that with a bit of creative slicing can be turned into fun to eat treat. As an excellent source of Vitamins C (anti-oxidants), Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) and copper and a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, along with potassium, magnesium and fiber mangoes make very healthy snacks with about 100 calories in a cup.
Finding fun ways to serve this orange tropical treat can encourage children and adults to eat more of this very popular fruit enjoyed around the world.
Three fun ways to make mangoes more tasty are eating them cut into flower-like shapes or wedges and served on a stick, or cutting them up like little hedgehogs or turtles which are fun finger foods for kids. The hedgehogs are a very easy way to make diced mangoes.
Of course if cutting mangoes in flower shapes is too much, I have also included basic information on cutting mangoes in sliced chunks and diced which also make fun healthy treats. For those who need extra convincing, I've included information on the health benefits of mangoes near the end.
This lens was inspired by the IMMINENT Quest to write about something orange, so I've included a lot of pictures of this orange tropical delight. Mangoes are one of the more popular orange fruits eaten around the world.
Mangoes are excellent sources (more than 20%) of Vitamins C (anti-oxidants), Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) and the mineral copper.
They also are good sources (10 to 19%) of Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and fiber.
Mangoes also contain more than 5% of the daily value for Vitamin K, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, potassium and magnesium.— Kirsti A. Dyer
Try a Delicious Healthy Treat
How to Cut a Mango Flower
Mango flowers are a fun treat sold in different amusement parks. We discovered them on a recent trip to Santa Barbara.
These edible flowers are such a visually appealing, bright orange sweet treat on a stick, who wouldn't want to eat one.
The good news for parents is that they are way to get their children to eat a treat that is filled with all kinds of great nutrition.
- Ripe Mango
- Vegetable peeler or knife
- Bamboo chopstick or skewer or stick
- Large ktchen knife
- Extras: Sea salt
- Extras: Lemon or lime juice
- Extras: Chili powder or flakes
- Extras: Cinnamon
- To get an idea of how to slice a mango into a flower, take a look at the video clips showing the street vendors. You'll get an idea of the angle and the spacing for the cuts.
- 1. Wash the mango.
- 2. Cut an end off of the bottom of the mango (the wider end).
- 3. Firmly place the mango on a bamboo skewer, stick or chopstick. Note: The stick needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the mango.
- 4. Use the vegetable peeler (more children friendly) or the large knife to cut off the outer skin.
- 5. Start carving the mango flower, working from the base of the mango to the top. Slice at a downward diagonal down to the pit, working your way in a circle around the mango, turning and slicing to create the first row of petals (~ 3 to 4 slices).
- To create the effect of petals, for the next row, make sure the new slices are off center from the first row.
- Continue making slices in your mango until you reach the top. Add in a few small decorative slices at the top.
- 6. Add the Extras: Sprinkle with sea salt and lemon (or lime) juice or some cinnamon to bring out the flavor.
- For an extra flavor kick use chili powder
- 7. Have fun developing your own pattern and flower designs for Mango on a Stick.
- P.S. If the idea of cutting a mango flower is too much, read on to find an Easier version of Mango on a Stick.
- Mango on a Stick with Chili Powder by Fred Camino. Used under a Creative Commons License
How to Make a Mango Flower - Videos
See how a Mango flower is made by watching these street vendors at work.
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The Rest of the Tools
Put the mango onto a thick bamboo skewer or chopstick. It makes it easier to work with when cutting.
Use the swivel peeler to peel off the skin.
The large knife is used to slice the mango into a flower
I prefer working with a slightly smaller knife.
Small knives, like those for slicing tomatoes, are very helpful for slicing up delicate fruits and vegetables.
This is my "go to" style of knife when I have to cut veggies and fruits.
These are some of the extras that you might want to try on your sliced mango. Personally, I'd probably want mine with melted chocolate.
Sea salt helps to bring out the sweet flavors of the mango.
Lemon juice adds a bit of tartness.
Lime juice can also be used for a bit of tartness.
Cinnamon is another extra that can be sprinkled on cut mangoes.
Sprinkle on some chili powder for an extra kick.
(Not recommended for those who don't like spicy foods)
Taste a Healthy Tropical Treat!
Enjoy an edible Flower on a Stick
More on How to Make a Mango Flower on a Stick
- Mango on a stick | CZ Cooks
another favorite mango recipe - mango on a stick. Mango on a stick was a childhood treat, especially during trips across the border into Mexico, where it's served with a sprinkle of lime, salt, and chili powder.
- A Healthy Popsicle: Frozen Mango on a Stick | beyondthepeel.net
It's the perfect summer dessert or the perfect hot day snack. It's so easy, so inexpensive, it's a wonder it took me until I reached my thirties to figure it out. This is our second summer making this delightful treat.
- mango, Mango, MANGO! Mango on a stick...2 ways | Girlichef:
Peel a mango, stab it through the seed with a skewer. Slice it into petals, starting at the bottom.
- 6 Ways to Cut a Mango - wikiHow
How to Cut a Mango. On first glance, a mango seems like it would be pretty simple to cut, but don't be fooled.
- Mango on a Stick Recipe : Sunny Anderson : Recipes : Food Network
Get this all-star, easy-to-follow Food Network Mango on a Stick recipe from Sunny Anderson.
- Mango on a Stick | AMORRIS
I just purchased a box of ripe mangoes from Costco so that I can attempt to make a Mango on a Stick.
- Street Fair Food: How to Make a Mango Flower
Food on a stick is a staple at street fairs, but it doesn't have to be fried and unhealthy. Learn how to turn a mango on a stick into an attractive edible yellow rose.
How to Cut a Mango
Tips for Slicing a Mango
With a few tips, slicing up a mango can be a lot faster and a lot less work.
Probably the most challenging part is getting the pit or the giant seed out of the center without wasting too much of the yummy fleshy part.
The key to slicing a mango, it to make your cuts slightly off center ~ 1/4 to 1/2 inch depending on the type of mango. In the picture to the right you can see the mango has been cut so just a bit of the pit is showing.
Make two clean slices on either side of the center of the mango, so you are left with two mango slices and one slice that holds the pit.
Trim off the peel from the slice with the pit and then cut the mango fruit away from the seed.
For the other two sections, use a knife to slice them in one direction to make sliced mangoes or in two directions (cross hatching) to make diced mangoes. Once these pieces of the mango have been cut, just scoop out the slices or the diced mangoes with a large serving spoon.
After reading how to slice up a mango, watch the videos below to see how easy it is to cut a mango.
How to Cut a Mango - Video Tutorials
Learn all about this amazing fruit and and how to cut a mango from Megan McKenna of the National Mango Board, Chef Marcus Guiliano and very simple instructions from howardnstone.
Mango Cutting Supplies on Amazon
Use a clean cutting surface, clean utensils to cut your mango and a large spoon to scoop out the fleshy parts.
Three different sized cutting boards for cutting mangoes and other foods
All boards are 0.4 inches thick
Small: 8 by 6 inches
Medium: 11 by 8.5 inches
Large: 13 by 9-1/2 inches
I tend to like smaller knives for cutting. This orange all purpose knife almost matches the color of the mango.
Easier Versions of Mango on a Stick
If cutting a mango into a flower shape seems to difficult or if you are like me and don't like using large sharp knives with children in the house, you can do a simiplier version of mango on a stick.
Easier Version of Mango on a Stick
For the easier version of Mango on a Stick all you have to do is to cut the out the pit of the mango creating three parts (as seen above), then slice up the mango half sections into long mango segments.
Once you have the mango segments, you can skewer the segments on bamboo sticks and top with your favorite extras salt, lemon or lime juice, chili powder or ground cinnamon and serve them up on a plate or in a cup.
Easiest Version of Mango on a Stick
For the easiest version of mango on a stick, omit the stick or use it as an eating utensil. Just put a bunch of mango slices into a cup (like the one to the right) and top with your favorite extras and eat with a fork.
According to the photographer, this tasty mango treat in a cup only cost him $1.50 in Mexico City.
The 5 Minute Version of Mango on a Stick
The inspiration behind our Easier Version of Mango on a Stick.
- 5 Minute Mama: Mango on a Stick | the creative mama
A snack in less than 5 minutes that is cool, refreshing, and even more fun because it is on a stick! It might sound a little strange but chili powder and lime bring a plain ol' mango to a whole new level.
How to Cut a Mango Hedgehog
Cut a Mango like a Hedgehog for Easy Dicing
Cutting up a mango like a hedgehog* as seen in the image to the right makes it a fun finger food for kids, or a nearly irresistible treat for tweens and teens. When I slice up our mangoes this way, I can barely get them away from my kids to use them for smoothies.
If you can get them away from your kids, the hedgehogs are an easy way to make diced mangoes or square mango chunks. The hedgehog is the style of mango cutting that I do every morning when we slice up mangoes into chunks for a smoothie.
To cut the hedgehog pattern take a piece of mango that the pit has been cut off from and use a small knife to make even slices first in one direction and then at 90 degrees in a second direction creating a cross hatching pattern. The trick is to just cut into the fleshy part of the mango, but not cut through the skin.
Once these pieces of the mango have been cut, open up the mango into a hedgehog for immediate eating, or scoop out the diced mango chunks with a large serving spoon to use in your favorite recipe.
* In doing the research for this page, I also came across a reference to this way of cutting mangoes as a turtle.
How to Make a Mango Hedgehog - Video Tutorial
Watch Bridget Davis, the Internet Chef, Chef Allen Sussner with the Mango Board and Dani Spies show how easy it is to turn mango hedgehogs into diced mangoes.
Enjoy an Orange Hedgehog
Cut a Mango with a Slicer
Cut a Mango with a Slicer or Splicer
If you eat a lot of mangoes and eat a lot of the larger versions of mangoes, getting a mango slicer or splicer can be very helpful in making it way easier to quickly get the pit or the large seed out of the mango.
As you can see in watching the video using the Oxo mango splitter below or in the image to the right, the mango pit can be easily cut out of the center of a mango with a single motion. This tool is better for larger mangoes, since there is a fixed chunk that is taken out of the mango with the slicer.
The Amco mango tool makes it easier to get the pit out of any sized mango as seen in the video below. This requires making two curved slices on either side of the pit, but this too works better with my favorite type of mango, the Champagne mango.
The Champagne mangoes tend to be smaller, so work better with the tool and don't work as well with the mango splitters, since more of the flesh stays behind in the pit slice.
Oxo Mango Splitter available on Amazon
Cut a Mango with a Slicer - Video
Watch how to cut a mango using a special mango slicer and a 2-in-1 mango tool.
Mango Splitter on Amazon
The Amco mango tool makes it easier to get the pit out of any sized mango.
The oxo splitter helps make it easier to cut mangoes.
Slice up mangoes easily with this mango pitter.
Mango Nutrient Facts
Delicious and Nutritious Tropical Fruit Treat
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How Nutritious is a Mango?
In compiling the information on the nutrient benefits of mangoes, I looked at three sources: the National Nutrient Database on Mangoes, Supertracker Food-a-Pedia information on mangoes and National Mango Board. Where there were differences I went with the information from the National Nutrient Database and Supertracker. The Nutrition Facts label to the right is based on this information.
As you can see a one cup serving of mango has about 100 calories. Mangoes are also naturally fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free. Mangoes have a very small contribution to calories from fat.
- Mangoes are an excellent source of Vitamins C (anti-oxidants), Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) and copper. To qualify as "excellent" the food needs to provide 20% or more of the daily value in a serving.
- They also are good sources (10 to 19%) of Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and fiber. To qualify as a "good" source the food needs to provide between 10% and 19% of the daily value in a serving.
- Mangoes also contain more than 5% of the daily value for Vitamin K, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, potassium and magnesium.
With over 20 different vitamins and minerals mangos are definitely a much better snack choice than some of the nutrient poor snack foods.
One cup of mangos [contains only] 100 calories.
Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping to make them a superfood.— National Mango Board
Nutrients in Mangoes
Mangoes are an excellent source of many vitamins, a good source of several minerals as well as a good source of dietary fiber. Antioxidants, such as in Vitamin C and beta-carotene in Vitamin A have been show to have numerous health benefits.
Research is underway to see if mangoes may be helpful in managing diabetes, decreasing inflammation and if the polyphenols in mangoes may help in combating cancer cells.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
More Nutrition Facts about Mangoes
- Mango Nutrition | mango
In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience.
- Nutrition Facts - Mango
Nutrition facts and Information for Mangos, raw
- Nutrient Data for Mangos, raw | National Nutrient Database
National Nutrient Database information for Mangoes
- Calories in Mango | Nutrition and Health Facts
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- Nutritional Benefits | Australian Mangoes
Australian mangoes are high in energy, low in fat, and are a great source of calcium and vitamins essential for good health.
- Nutrition - ChampagneÂ® Mango
ChampagneÂ® mangos are a delightful addition to a salad or as an ingredient in a main course. Mangos are extremely good for you as well!
- Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin A
Most dietary provitamin A comes from leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, tomato products, fruits, and some vegetable oils.
The mango is high in fiber, vitamins A and C, as well as other minerals and phytochemicals.
Our findings demonstrate that mango flesh is a promising alternative that can be useful in reducing body fat and blood glucose.— Dr. Edralin Lucas, Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University
Research on Mangoes
Some of the recent research on mangoes have been investigating the effect of mangoes on blood sugar and that mangiferin, a compound occurs naturally in mango, might have an antitumor effect in breast cancer cells.
The research team at Oklahoma State observed in their study on mice that mangoes affected several factors involved in fat metabolism. Mangoes helped in reducing the circulating level of the hormone leptin (one of the hormones produced by fat cells that promotes fat storage). Reducing the levels of leptin may help in decreasing the amount of fat store.
They are currently doing a human study looking at whether incorporating mangoes into the diet of overweight people may help in reducing blood sugar and in reducing body fat. Be watching for the results of this new study.
- NSCI research finds health benefits in mangos
While it may not get the publicity of some of the superfruits like blueberry and acai, the addition of mango to the diet may be part of a future solution for obesity and diabetes.
- New studies explore mango's potential health-affirming properties
New mango nutrition research was presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Boston.
- Nutrition Research | mango
Since 2006, the NMB has been working with nutrition researchers to better understand the compounds found in mangos, and how they will impact various conditions in the human body. The first phase included an assessment of the phytonutrient content of
- Mangiferin exerts antitumor activity in breast cancer cells by regulating matrix metalloproteinases,
From Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Available online 22 May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.taap.2013.05.011
How do you like to eat your mangoes?