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How to Peel a Mango

by on April 13, 2015
 

The best way? 

Depends. 

On what?

How ripe the mango is.

Unripe and just-ripe mangoes are easy to strip of the skin with a vegetable peeler. This minimises the amount of flesh/ pulp discarded with green skin.

Ripe ones are a whole other story. They give when you peel. I find some varieties yield to the vegetable peeler and others to the knife. If opting for the knife, ensure yours is small and sharp. I prefer the smoothness of flat blades to serrated.

Either way, this is how to peel a mango.

Wash it and grip firmly in hand for mangoes have a propensity to slip away.

Take peeler or knife and remove strips. From top to bottom works easiest for me with the peeler, but not always with the knife. Pay no heed to the tiny patches of green that want to stay islands in orange. Leave. Them. Be.

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Strip, strip, strip away till all’s gone.

Then settle down to progress.

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Eat? What? No way. Who peels mangoes before eating? 

Sigh.

These are on to be processed son. Processed for salads and purees and other ‘in season’ treats.

When I want to eat my mangoes, I peel them, not with knife or veggie peeler but with strong, off-white teeth.

And you? How do you peel your mangoes?