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First, proper credit. While I would love to have invented this trick, I didn’t: I learned it from a Crazy Russian Hacker video.
To call this trick “life-changing” might be a stretch, but it’s not far off. I bet I ate 100 mangoes last August after I learned it. For real. (It helped that I was on a fruitarian kick, sometimes eating three or four mangoes for lunch.)
I’ve shown this trick for peeling mangoes to anyone who will watch, and I’m continually shocked by the number of people — even vegans, fruit people, etc. — who don’t know it. Maybe I get more excited about mangoes than most, but still: if this one were common knowledge, I truly believe there would be no wars.
Mangoes are delicious — really delicious — but I never ate them often before this. First, they were a pain to peel, and second, they have this huge, sort-of indeterminate pit that almost everybody mistakenly tries to bite or cut into the first time they go to eat a whole mango.
Typically, mangoes are peeled in one of two ways, both bad:
Bad way #1: Use a vegetable peeler or knife peel the skin, then cut the flesh away from the pit.
Bad way #2: With the skin still on, cut the cheeks away from the pit. Then use a paring knife to cut a big tic-tac-toe board in the flesh, and either scoop out the dice with a spoon or turn the cheek inside out and cut the dice away from the skin.
Like I said, they’re both terrible. Peel mangoes like this, and you won’t be eating mangoes for long. Because you’ll cut off your finger trying to cut an already-peeled mango, or you’ll get tired of working so hard for so little. (Because both of these methods waste a decent amount of fruit, too.)
But this simple method — using, of all things, a pint glass — solves the problem once and for all. If you’re like me, your life will never be the same.
Now you’ve got no excuse: go eat some mangoes!