Mangos are easily my favorite fruit to eat, and one of my least favorite to cut up. Despite myriad “hacks” offered on the internet, every technique seems to fail against the slippery fruit and its clingy flesh. My not terribly innovative approach is to use a paring knife to peel the skin and then shave around the pit as best I can.
But getting the final bits of mango gold off the pit is still rough! My preferred method is to invite my husband to nibble the pit clean. But he’s not always up for this, and I don’t enjoy getting stringing mango bits in my teeth, so we’ve found another option: I stash mango pits in a bag in the freezer until I have enough to make jam.
Heating the pits in sugar water helps loosen the flesh into a luscious fruity spread. The jam is great on bread, with yogurt, or atop goodies like the kolacky cookies pictured above.Print