Peel a mango, remove its pit, without mess and in less than a minute. Same for any other stone fruit.
Mangoes are my favorite fruit. This even though they have a bad reputation for being really messy, wasteful to peel, and knife-dulling stringy to remove from the pit. Other than that, there is nothing better! Today, I was slipping a mango from its peel and sliding the pit out when I was overcome with grief for those who were never shown how.
This is a post about peeling fruit – really. The method works for any stone fruit like peaches and plums. Once I had a boss who laughed at me for peeling a plum, but that is where you find the insecticide residue, so I feel vindicated. A friend once called me a “fruit nut” because I like fruit over chocolate; so I get mangoes, he gets small boxes of raisins.
Choose the fruit. A mango should be purchased firm/hard. I envy those who live where they grow on trees and are branch ripened, but here, at our markets, soft mangoes have probably gone bad. Buy mangoes a couple days before you want them and let them ripen in the kitchen.
Fig 1 shows the all the tools needed to cleanly slide the peel and slip the pit.
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The pit of a stone fruit is not a sphere, but 2 flattened halves pressed together with a clear rim or septum where they join. On a peach or plum, the peel shows an indented line from stem to tip, right above the septum. Continue reading