Mangoes are oval shaped tree-fruits that grow in tropical regions around the world. They vary in both size and color, but typically range in size anywhere from three to six inches in length. The fruit's thick outer skin ranges from green to yellow, orange, and red in color, with juicy, rich, sweet and mildly tart flesh. In the center of the mango there is a large, flat, oblong, fibrous, light-colored pod, that contains the mango's seed.
The skin of the popular mango we eat in the US is inedible. It can cause some mild itching in some people.
However, there's mangoes out there that people tend to eat the skin of. We noticed get some corrective emails from people in other countries who say they eat their mangoes with the skin.
So what's the final answer? We suggest you peel it, especially if you're in the US, but we can't broadly just say "peel all mangoes".
Hang on, what's the plural of mango?
It's officially "mangoes", but "mangos" is also accepted. Spell it however you feel in your heart.
There's a couple popular ways to peel a mango.
- Knife skills technique
- The glass technique
Knife Skills Technique
The Glass Technique
There's a gigantic seed in mangoes
This seed isn't edible and will destroy your blender. Be sure to carve all of the mango meat around it and discard it.
There's just 1, though. It isn't difficult to find, it's right in the center and nearly the full length of the fruit.