Mangoes have a long, flat, and very hard seed at their core. As soon as you insert your knife on either side of this stone, you’ll feel the pit jamming it. So, to cut the flesh off the mango you need to first pit the fruit. Work around the curve of the stone to cut the cheeks off. Simply make two parallel cuts about 1cm apart at the top of the fruit, and run your knife through these cuts to the bottom. The cheeks will come off on either side, and the middle slice with the stone in it can be trimmed and scraped so no flesh goes to waste.
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