I think that we can all agree that mangos are sexy fruit. They are sweet, juicy, and have the most delicious, fleshy appeal. In addition to being high in fiber, and folic acid, mangos are an excellent source of anti-oxidants; they are packed with Vitamins A, C, and E. You can even use the flesh as a face mask to tone skin, improve acne, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
I ate my first mango when I was 10 years old. I remember having no idea how to extract the fruit. I have since learned a thing or two of which I’ll share with you.
Option 1: The Nibble
Place the mango upright and slice it into two even sides; avoid cutting into the seed. Cut each half into 4-5 strips. Cut the strips into even chunks without piercing the skin. Nibble, bite, suck and chew each distinct piece. Take your time. The advantage of the Nibble method is we tend to eat the mango more slowly than the other two methods, allowing the flavor to penetrate more deeply. Slow is always encouraged for any sensual lover.
Option 2: The Feast
Similar to option 1, stand the mango upright and slice it into two pieces. This time, score each side of the mango with a grid-type pattern. Turn the mango inside out. The individual pieces will stand out, tempting you to dive right in. Take a moment. Temptation makes the fruit that much sweeter. When you go in, go deep. Devour the mango like you would a lover who you haven’t seen in ages. Don’t stop until you are done and satisfied. It might get messy and that’s only a good thing.
Option 3: The Slurp
Every day when I lived in Barbados, the handsome pool boy would pick a basket of fresh mangos and place them in front of my door every day. It was heaven. He taught me the most luscious way to eat a mango and you don’t even need a knife (this method works better for smaller, yellow mangos).
Massage the mango with both hands. Take time to squeeze, milk and knead the fruit for about 10 minutes, (depending on the size and ripeness) until it feels soft and warm in your hand. When the mango is just about to burst, bite off a small portion at the top. Tip it forward and suck out the juice. You may find this one is just a wee bit sticky. Eating fruit has never felt so salaciously good.
Please send me additional ways if you have them. I am perpetually curious to find out more. I think in the not too distant future, I will write a blog on different ways to use mangos- boozy drinks, ice cream swoon-worthy mango salsa, and fabulous facial recipes. Stay tuned.
I’ll leave you with a line from Led Zeppelin’s The Lemon Song. It feels utterly appropriate for today.
“Squeeze me, babe, ’till the juice runs down my leg,
Do, squeeze, squeeze me baby, until the juice runs down my leg”