Something that ‘El Comidista’ (Mikel López Iturriaga, a Spanish food critic) always manages to do is make us smile with their articles, videos and in general with everything it does. Recently we talked about “how should an avocado be opened” in a fun video. In the video, which you can see below, several people were challenged, who altruistically lent themselves to show us how to extract the pulp from one of our avocados. Some of them, with more or less skill, did note that they consume them regularly and have developed a fast and effective technique. Many others have had no mother or grandmother to teach them. That’s why we wanted to share with you this video that explains very well how to really do it:
From here, we ask ourselves if people also know how to peel a mango in the most convenient, fast and clean way possible. And if we were to ask those same people how to peal mangos? What do you think would happen? Probably none of them would really know how to do it properly.
How to properly peel a mango
The first thing you must do is choose a ripe fruit that you want to peel. To do so, you will quickly notice by touching the fruit that it is ripe.
You grasp the mango with your left hand (if you are right-handed) and with the knife in your right hand, start to make a cut into the mango next to the tail of the stem. You will immediately notice that if you lower the knife lengthwise you’ll arrive to a much harder area, this is the area of the pit of the mango, which in this case is linked to the meat, and therefore it is more difficult to separate.
To avoid this, you must always separate your cuts as much as possible from the area of the pit, that way you will obtain a strip of mango with perfect skin as you can see in the image.
The next step will be to make cuts lengthwise into the pulp but without cutting the skin. By marking the mango in this way, we can later extract the meat quickly and cleanly.
Remember that the strips to mark will be from top to bottom and then left to right, trying to make the grid uniform.
Once these squares are marked, press the skin upwards so that mango cubes come out, do you see how easy it is?
Now, with the help of a spoon, we only have to remove the mango cubes one at a time, trying not to press too much so as to not smear ourselves with the mango juice.
Once this is done, put the mango cubes on a dish and repeat this operation on each of the portions of the mango you will cut. First the sides and then the remaining parts under you completely isolate the central, much harder part of the fruit, containing the pit.
Now you know how to peel delicious mangos and also you can surprise people at home with ready-to-eat mango cubes!