Inside: Here’s how to cut a mango into a fun “hedgehog” shape that’s easy and fun for kids to eat!
In my ten years of experience on the job as a mom, I’ve learned a few things:
- Kids like foods they can eat with their hands.
- Kids like foods that are sweet.
- Kids like foods with silly names.
Mango Hedgehogs for the win!
How to Cut a Mango
Here’s how to cut a mango into a “Hedgehog”: Cut a mango on both sides of the pit. You’ll have two wedges (slice the rest of the flesh off the mango to nibble). Score the wedges with a knife into squares. Don’t press through the peel with the knife, just into the flesh. Then turn the wedges out with your thumbs, hand them over to your little ones, and watch them gobble it up.
And don’t forget to tell them they’re eating a Mango Hedgehog.
How to Choose A Mango
Believe it or not, the color of mangoes doesn’t indicate ripeness. A ripe mango will give slightly when pressed.
How to Store A Mango
Keep mangos on the counter until ripe. To speed ripening, put it in a paper bag on the counter. Always wash mangoes before cutting them.
Are Some People Allergic to Mango?
People with sensitivities or allergies to poison ivy or poison oak should not handle mango skin. Urushiol, a chemical in poison ivy and poison oak, is also found in the oil of mango skin and can cause rashes in sensitive people.
Recipes with Mangoes
What to do with mangoes besides eat them right off the peel? Check out all these mango recipe.