It's been suggested that the best place to eat a mango is in the bathtub.

How can I eat mango without getting very sticky?

  • Try with a spoon?
    – fredley
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 19:34
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    Who eats mangoes in a bathtub?
    – user19
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 19:42
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    @InfiniteRecursion It's a joke because it's said you get so sticky from eating one that you need to take a bath immediately Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:04

3 Answers 3


Using a special cutting technique, it can be easily done. Just use a knife and a fork. If you use gloves, you do it more elegantly. The trick is to cut it in a special way:

Mango hedgehog

  • Cut it in half
  • Cut a grid
  • Put pressure on the shell. The shell of the mango is stiff to support a structure, that looks like a hedgehog.

It is depicted on mango.org and explained.


I do have a hack, for a ripe mango.

I really dont eat it, I prefer to crush it to the point where it is almost semi-liquid and then just bite the bottom edge of it and then suck the entire thing.

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    The pleasure if eating the mango will be lost using this hack. Maybe the OP is better off eating it in the bathtub.
    – user19
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 19:46
  • @InfiniteRecursion I eat a lot of mangoes (being indian) and yes while cutting it into slices is a great way of doing it, I enjoy eating mangoes this way as well and regarding bathtubs... may be I wont try that :P
    – skv
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 19:47
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    I personally like pieces of mango. If I wanted juice I'd buy juice... :)
    – Tim
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:07

You could always eat dried mango?

The flavor is still there, and there is no stickyness. There are even methods of eating it that semi-rehydrate the mango in your mouth, and it has the nice experience.

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    I don't think this answers the question being asked. Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:14
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    "How to eat mango without getting sticky?" This answers that...
    – Tim
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:14
  • That argument would be the same as "how do I swim without getting my hair wet?"... "don't swim". The OP is asking how to eat a mango implying it is fresh due to the messiness of it's nature. Dried mango is not ripe/fresh mango.
    – Phlume
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 20:42
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    @Phlume No, that's an improper comparison. The argument would be more akin to "how do I swim without getting my hair wet?" -> "Shave your head."
    – Origin
    Commented Dec 10, 2014 at 21:53
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    @Origin fix a plastic bag to your head would be a valid answer. Shave your head is not (as its totally missing the point). Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 19:26