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New (for me) mango-eating technique

photo-34Now that I’ve discovered that I don’t like to share mangoes, I’ve decided the best way to eat them is to peel them like bananas. This works best with the small ataulfo mangoes (sometimes called Champagne mangoes) that have become popular.

Just pinch the skin with your fingers to break the surface and start pulling strips of it down. Have a paper towel ready to invert it once you reach bottom. And the pit — where the flesh becomes beguilingly sour — is all yours.

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Food Fan

July 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

When I was in Jamaica, I played golf and all the caddies on the course would walk far up the course so they could see where all the errant tourist’s shots landed. There were natural mango trees all over the course, so while we were taking our errant shots & mulligans, they would take the rotten mangoes that had fallen on the ground & throw them up in the trees to knock down fresh ones. And then they’d eat them just like in your picture (just using their teeth to pull off the flesh like that).

Unfortunately I’m allergic to mangos (love them, but the sap in the mango tree is the same found in poison ivy and poison sumac, which I am really allergic to). Because of this, the caddies wouldn’t let any of the tourists touch the wild mangoes – but I guess those guys had just built up a tolerance to it. I always wondered though if they had bred that out of the mass-produced, domestic mangoes though – doesn’t matter to me since my throat closes up regardless though…


July 30th, 2010
5:51 pm

No – all mangoes have uroshiols.. Only on the skin though… So usually eating peeled mangoes does not trigger the allergy. A few like Food Fan though I guess have a reaction even to the meat…


July 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

Wow, what a coincidence! I wrote about mangos on my blog this week and discussed the allergy mentioned in the above comment. My research only indicated that the peel contains the same chemical found in poison ivy and poison sumac and could cause contact dermatitis, not the severe reaction described here. This means I’ll have to tell my mother she was right again. How loathsome! My name is my blog if you want to read the post.

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John V. Karavitis

August 1st, 2010
9:09 am

John V. Karavitis This is a neat little article! I was offered some mango many years back, and I could never udnerstand what all the fuss was about. I mean, first off, the taste is not anything to write home about, and secondly, you can only get to the outer layers, the “fruit” gets harder and harder the closer you get to the pit. And per another poster here, the juice has the same toxin as that found in poison ivy! Who knew? John V. Karavitis Anyway, at least for those people who either love mangoes or just want to try one, this is good information. I never would have thought of it. John V. Karavitis

John Kessler

August 1st, 2010
9:28 am

Nice blog, Tampa Bay!


August 1st, 2010
7:51 pm

Thanks, John! You made my day. I consider that high praise and I’d put a smiley face here if I didn’t think that was obnoxious. Just know that I am smiling.


August 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

I too do not like to share my mangoes, and my daughter always seems to know when I have cut into one. I’ll give your technique a try.

LK from the Q+DD

August 2nd, 2010
10:14 pm

I totally bought mangoes last night after reading this post and peeled ‘em. DEEEELISH. Thanks!

Green Leaf BBQ

August 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

Interesting! We love mangoes and are always looking for ways to make eating them easier.

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Lisa Liguori

August 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

That is brilliant! I never thought of that! Hitting the grocery store today, so we will have to pick some up and give it a try.


August 6th, 2010
5:07 am

Here’s an artical about how to choose good mangos