So what is a mango anyway? A mango is a tropical stone fruit with several varieties, but the Tommy Atkins mango is probably the most common type you’ll find in your local supermarket; it comprises about 80 percent of the market where mangos have to be imported. This type of mango has an oval shape with mostly dark red skin, often with some shades of green and yellow. It has a large white seed, which is primarily why it can be difficult to know how to cut a mango—perhaps that’s why you’re here!
Cutting a mango can seem daunting at first. But we’re here to help you conquer your confusion. The first step is to go to the store, or farmers’ market, and pick one out. But how do you know if a mango is ripe? Squeeze the mango gently; a ripe mango will give slightly, similar to a ripe pear or avocado. You can also smell the mango and choose it if it smells sweet as long as the skin appears healthy with no bruises. The mango may be overripe if the skin appears wrinkly or it has a sour, slightly alcoholic smell.
If you can’t find any ripe mangoes, they will ripen on your countertop within a few days or a week. To speed up the ripening process, you can place unripe mangoes inside a paper bag on your countertop.