Made Simple Saturday: Cutting a Mango

Mangoes can add a tropical touch to any meal. Adding them to any meal is the easy part… Cutting them is a daunting task for many! Today, cutting a mango is made easy! Watch this video for further explanation!


Step 1

Wash fruit. Lay fruit on the counter, then turn so the top and bottom are now the sides. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise cut as close to the long, flat seed as possible to remove each side of the fruit. Trim fruit away from the seed.

Step 2

Score each side of the fruit lengthwise and widthwise, without cutting through the skin.

Step 3

Using your hand, push the skin up, turning the fruit out. Cut fruit off at the skin with a knife.

Now that you know how to cut a mango properly, try a mango dish for dinner tonight! Ham and Mango Quesadillas are a tropical favorite among Taste of Home readers!

Ham & Mango Quesadillas 

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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 medium mango, peeled and cubed, divided
  • 1/4 pound thick sliced deli ham, cut into 1/2-in. strips
  • 6 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • Sour cream, optional


  • Spread butter over one side of each tortilla. Place tortillas, butter side down, on a griddle. Sprinkle each with 1/2 cup cheese, 3 tablespoons mango, 1/4 cup ham and 1 teaspoon cilantro. Fold over and cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges.
  • Combine the salsa and remaining mango and cilantro; serve with quesadillas. Garnish with sour cream if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Cooking for 2: Ham & Mango Quesadillas for Two

Nutritional Facts: 1 quesadilla with 1/4 cup salsa (calculated without sour cream) equals 459 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 1,018 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.

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