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How to pick and cut the perfect mango, according to Sprouts Farmers Market

Summer is here and it’s mango season in South Florida! Sprouts Farmers Market shared some healthy hints with our team on how to pick, cut, and store mangoes. Enjoy!

How to pick a ripe mango:

  • Pick the very best mango by ensuring it has a sweet, aromatic scent and a slight give when squeezed.
  • Depending on the variety, a mango’s color doesn’t always determine ripeness! The best way to know when it’s ready to enjoy is by the firmness and sweet aroma.

How to cut a mango:

  • Mangoes have an oblong seed running through the center that’s about 1/4-inch in width. Make your first slices alongside the center seed, creating two halves.
  • Gently make vertical slices in each half, being careful not to pierce the skin on the other side.
  • Once both halves have vertical slices, cut the flesh in a grid-like pattern, making small squares without slicing through the skin on the other side.
  • At this point, you can use a spoon to gently scoop between the flesh and the skin to pop out the cubes or you can use your hands to push the skin from underneath the flesh, creating a hedgehog-like effect. If your mango is ripe enough, you may be able to salvage a bit from the seed. Use a small paring knife alongside the seed and the skin to remove a little more goodness!

How to store a mango:

  • Once you have sliced or diced your mangos, you can use them right away or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about five days.
  • They also freeze extremely well and make a delicious addition to smoothies or can be used as ice cubes in your favorite mocktail!

To find a Sprouts Farmers Market near you, visit Sprouts.com.