Mango is the “King of Fruits” and definitely brings a taste of the exotic to the table.
It’s not the easiest fruit to prepare, being so juicy it tends to slip and jump out of your hands. There is a better way.
I will show you how to prepare a mango with the minimum of fuss and mess. This method will help you extract the most flesh from your ready to eat ripe mango and keep the juice from escaping all over you and the kitchen!
Follow these easy steps and you’ll look like a professional mango connoisseur.
Wash your Mango
Leave the skin intact
Hold the Mango so the pointed lower part of the mango is facing you and the top pointed upper part is facing away from you
With a sharp knife slice the right hand side of the mango.
Repeat on the other side. You should now have three separate bits of mango. Set the middle core section aside for now but do not discard.
With the same sharp knife, score vertically across the flesh of one segment, but do not cut through the skin.
Using the same segment, score horizontally across the flesh. Again, do not cut through the skin.
Turn the mango over so the skin is facing you and turn the mango inside out – pushing with all your fingers (see image below)
You should now have something that looks like this
Using your knife, cut off the raised segments into a bowl. Discard skin.
Repeat above on the second half of mango segment
To remove the flesh from the core
Using your knife, slice either side of the main core so you have two thin strips. Carefully remove the skin from these strips and chop into chunks.
If you wander your local neighborhood what kind of trees do you have?
Here are a selection of my local neighborhood trees and a lot of them are fruit trees 🙂 with a few mystery trees thrown in – do you know what they are?
Such a thin sparse tree…but it still produces fruit
How can such a small thin looking tree still produce fruit? Where there is a will, there is a way!
A big thank you to Beatriz of gardeningB.com for pointing me in the right direction – these are actually Papayas not Mango as I incorrectly identified. See, I need all the help I can get 🙂
However, I’m going to keep this fun Mango fact here 😉 because it’s so interesting.
Mango Mystery – Solved Mangos are distantly related to a few plants that you’d probably never guess: the cashew and pistachio.
You can see why Adam and Eve used Fig Leaves to cover themselves – they’re huge!
A vibrant, green fig tree
Did You Know? Fossil records date figs back to between 9400-9200 B.C.
They are not my favorite fruit
They are extremely popular and nice as Guacamole
Fun Avocado Fact Avocados will not ripen on the tree. They must be picked from the tree to initiate ripening. The leaves supply a substance that prevents ripening. The best way to store avocados is to leave them on the tree; they will store for 7 months or more when left on the tree.
Now it’s your turn..
I need some help identifying what the following trees/fruit are? Any clues?
Really not sure what kind of tree this is?
Do You Know What This Is? Is this also a Fig?
and then of course there was this tree…
and this was underneath it…a good clue and useful to help identify it. Does this help?
If you can solve the mystery, please leave a comment below.
I’ll leave you with one last photo – a collection of mini balls that were under a palm tree. They’re definitely the fruit/seed from the palm tree (usually green when still attached) but to me they look like eyeballs. I guess Hallowe’en must be on my mind, even though it’s a couple of months away, and the colors reminded me of Fall/Autumn.