How to Cut Mangoes: Prep Tips, Recipes and More

Sweet, juicy mangoes are in season. Learn how to buy, cut and enjoy these tropical treats. Plus, check out must-have mango products in our aisles.

Dreaming of a tropical vacation but can’t get away? Mangoes may be the next best thing. Whether featured in ceviche or blended in a smoothie, it's love at first bite. Make the most of mangoes with our handy guide to cutting, ripening and enjoying everything these tropical fruits have to offer.

P.S. Get the best deal on yellow mangoes April 3 – 16, and don't wait, they're only available in stores​!

All About Our Mangoes

Sweet, refreshing mangoes need a tropical climate to grow. Throughout the spring and summer, you’ll find mangoes from Mexico, the Caribbean and California in Whole Foods Market stores. While you'll see mangoes in stores year-round (look for ones from South America in the fall and winter), spring and summer is really their time to shine.

How to Tell if a Mango Is Ripe

When shopping for mangoes in our Produce department, keep in mind that a mango's color isn't necessarily the best indicator of ripeness. While a red blush tint to the skin may seem like a telltale sign, it's actually not related to ripeness, maturity or quality. Instead, go by how the mango feels. You’ll know it's ripe when a mango has a slight give, much like a peach or an avocado. A fully mature mango will also have full cheeks.

How to Ripen and Store Mangoes

If you can’t find a perfectly ripe mango, don’t stress. You can ripen a mango at home by placing a firm mango on the counter at room temperature – or speed up the process by placing your mango in a paper bag. Not all mangoes are the same, and some varieties may shift from dark to light green as they ripen. You can slow down the ripening process and store fully ripe mangoes in the fridge.

How to Cut a Mango

Ready to enjoy your mango? If you’ve purchased a whole fruit, you’ll need to cut it open to reveal the juicy inner flesh. We’ve broken it down step-by-step to show you how to get perfect mango cubes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cutting board: Any type will do, but aim for a medium-sized board.
  • Paring knife: Mango skin is thick, so you’ll want your knife to be nice and sharp.
  • Small prep bowl: This is your landing spot for the mango cubes.

Alright, let’s learn how to cut a mango. You can also watch this How to Cut a Mango video to see the technique in action.

Our Favorite Recipes Using Mango

Mangoes are amazingly versatile, as they go with both sweet and savory foods. Some of our favorite recipes include:

More ways to enjoy mangoes:

  • Add mango chunks to your next seafood or pork kabob by glazing it with teriyaki sauce before grilling — sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving.
  • Add sliced mango to your avocado toast with mint, chili powder and salt.
  • Add cubed mango to overnight vanilla bean chia pudding for some tropical sweetness.
  • Grill mango halves and use them as a dessert base; serve with coconut milk ice cream and drizzle with honey and toasted coconut flakes.

Mangoes aren’t the only tropical fruits in our stores right now. Check out our Guide to Tropical Fruits to explore your options.