How to Eat Mangoes

Do you avoid giving your child mangoes because they're too messy to cut? Try slicing them the way they do in Burma — and other parts of the fruit's native southern Asia.

Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 5 minutes


  1. Slice fruit lengthwise down the two sides of the pit. (The tough, fibrous pit is long, flat, and basically the same color as the flesh. Discard it.)
  2. Cut the flesh, but not the skin, into a checkerboard pattern, making 3 vertical and 2 horizontal cuts.
  3. Flip the mango halves inside out (the way you'd flip a tennis ball cut in half, or your eyelid if you're a 10-year-old boy). Peel or cut the fruit off the skin, or hand it to your child to eat right off the rind.

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