How To Slice A Mango - 3 Easy Steps for Cutting a Mango

Mango is the most popular fruit in the world!  There are countless varieties grown around the globe.  These varieties vary in color, shape, and size—so to determine ripeness, do NOT judge a mango by the color of its skin!  There are many mangoes that are solid green when ripe.  Mangoes are ripe when they are slightly soft, fragrant, and heavy for their size.

Some of us avoid eating mangoes because we just don’t know what to do with them! The mango has a semi-thick skin which you do not not eat, and an odd-shaped pit that runs from top to bottom through the center of the fruit.  It’s common to find grown adults who have never tried a mango, the most popular fruit in the world!  Listen, mangoes are so popular because they are so freaking good!  You gotta get your hands on one if you are among the many who have been deprived. Here’s a step-by-step guide for slicing a mango. This method is also referred to as “the hedgehog.”

How To Slice a Mango

Step 1:

Remove the 2 cheeks, or sides of a mango, by slicing along the sides of the flat, oblong pit nestled inside the mango.

How to slice a mango

Step 2:

Using a paring knife, slice the mango cheeks in a vertical & horizontal fashion to create a checkerboard affect. Be very careful to not slice through the skin!

How to Slice Mango

How to Slice Mango

Step 3:

Press the mango inside out to form the Mango Hedgehog! Easily peel away the mango cubes with your fingers or use a knife to dislodge from the skin.

How to Slice Mango

How to Slice Mango

Watch a video tutorial of the “hedgehog” method!

Mango is one of my favorites and is also a featured favorite in my school foodservice program, Find Your Favorite. Check out the website to see which hero named Mango as his/her favorite produce item!  Tweet or post a picture on my Facebook Page of you and your family enjoying this tasty tropical fruit.  My kids love mango—I’m sure yours will too 🙂

How to Slice Mango


Now that you know how to slice a mango, try this recipe for Mango Salsa. It’s so simple, yet so delicious!

xoxo Produce Mom

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Having trouble with the “hedgehog” method? Try cutting a mango with the “glass” method instead! Here’s how: 

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on,, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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3 thoughts on “How to Slice Mango”

  1. Thanks for telling us how to deal with the cheeks! I never would’ve remotely thought of the glass method. But what about what’s left around the pit? Do you have any suggestion how to get all that yummy flesh off the pit without cutting your fingers off?

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