Can You Really Peel a Mango with a Drinking Glass?

Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn

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Ripe mangoes are pure fruity bliss. Peeling them, not so much. Although the reward is always worth it.

We recently came across a seemingly too good to be true tip, using a simple drinking glass to peel a mango in just a matter of seconds. And, with no mess! This was one tip we had to try out.

The Original Tip

I originally read about this tip on BuzzFeed:

They shared a step-by-step photo tutorial and video from the Smart Cook YouTube channel.

The tip suggests that there is something far easier than the tried-and-true (and sometimes messy) method of peeling a mango with a knife. Instead, all you need is a sturdy glass and a little bit of coordination.

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The Testing Method

First up: the mangoes. I deemed size and ripeness to be important factors in selecting the fruit. I considered that especially large mangoes (which I seemed to find a lot of) might not fit in a standard size glass very well, or might not peel as evenly.

I selected a few mid-size, fully ripe mangoes and a sturdy, standard-size, everyday drinking glass for this test.

First, I sliced the mangoes in from top to bottom along the pit, yielding two pieces of fruit. I placed the edge of the cut mango, where the skin meets the flesh, against the rim of the glass. With a little pressure, I pushed the mango down the side of the glass so the peel remained on the outside and the fruit on the inside.

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The Results

Wow, this is the easiest and fastest way to peel a mango! The skin peels away from the fruit in one piece, and the mango flesh slides right into the glass.

It was much easier and a lot less messy that I expected. Aside from a few drops of mango juice that collected on the towel under the glass, there was no mess at all.

I tried this method a few times because it almost seemed to good to be true. A small amount of fruit remained on the skin, but the more times I used this method, the better I got at peeling away all of the fruit. It takes a little skill.

Verdict: This is a mind-blowing tip!

Final Notes

While this method is certainly quick, easy and mess-free, it's not necessarily the most efficient way to cut a mango. There will still be unpeeled fruit around the pit, so those who value getting the most fruit off the mango are better off using the regular knife method:

→ Check it out: How To Cut a Mango

Will I use this new mango peeling method going forward? Absolutely! Have you tried this method before?

(Image credits: Kelli Dunn)

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