Honey or ataulfo mangoes are usually softer than other mangoes when ripe. Thus, they may cause a mess when you bite into them directly.
However, you can eat ataulfo mangoes without making a mess by cutting them up with a knife first, using them in salads, making other recipes with the mango, or biting into them gently.
Thus, I’ve discussed multiple ways to eat a honey mango neatly below.
Seven Ways to Eat an Ataulfo/Honey/Champagne Mango
Here’s a quick overview of the various ways to eat the Ataulfo mango.
Dice With a Knife
Cutting the honey mango into cubes or dicing them any other way ensures maximum enjoyment without staining your hands.
- Place your mango on a chopping board and hold it vertically.
- Steady your knife about 1\4 centimeters away from its stem point (so you don’t cut the mango seed).
- Cut down through that side.
- Repeat these steps on the other side of the honey mango.
- Separate the mango flesh from the seed in the middle.
- Gently create vertical and horizontal strokes on each half.
- Push the flesh from the backside out, and the cubes should appear.
- Separate the cubes from the body and enjoy your mango.
Suggested Read: 5+ Differences Between the Honey Mango and Regular Mango
Use in Salad
You can add your Ataulfo mango into a salad or use it as the main ingredient in a mango salad. Follow these steps to make the mango salad:
- Add your cut honey mango flesh into a bowl.
- Mix with red bell pepper, strips of red onion, cilantro, and fresh basil.
- If you prefer having the mango with other fruits, combine it with fruits like peach, coconut, pineapple, and banana (this mixes well with mango).
Naturally, the honey mango goes well with any other fruit with high sugar content. So, keep this in mind for making its salad.
Use in Meal Prep
Due to their nutritious value and high sugar content, mangoes are used in meal preps. Ataulfo mangoes can be prepped with duck, pork, fish, chicken breast, and lots more.
You can use this mango for meal prep recipes like
- Fruited pork and white rice salad.
- Coconut mango chicken meal.
- Grilled chili-lime chicken breast with mango salsa.
Use in Smoothies
Making smoothies with ataulfo mangoes is a neat and relaxing way to enjoy all of the sweet mango sensations on your taste buds.
To make this, follow the steps below:
- Dice up your mango.
- Add little ice cubes to your blender, then toss in the diced mango. Do not start the blender yet.
- Slice your banana or preferred fruit and add to the blender.
- Follow that up by adding yogurt, honey, and orange juice/ pineapple juice.
- Begin blending at medium, then increase the speed.
- Taste and add more ingredients if needed.
Fresh mangoes fit into smoothies better because they are richer in nutrients than frozen mangoes.
As a Snack
Champagne mangoes can be processed into various snacks. Here are some and how to make them:
- Mango Kabobs. Stick a toothpick into your mango cube and dip it into yogurt.
- Mango ice pops. Blend freshly cut mangoes, and add the puree into an ice cube tray. Stick a popsicle stick into the tray and freeze.
- Mango bites. Press mini cookie cutters (star, circle, hearts) into cut halves of mango. This makes it easier for kids to eat as they fancy these shapes.
Eat With Spoon
This process is known as the mango bowl and spoon method. Cut the mango into halves and dig your spoon into it. It’s faster, easier, and doesn’t cause juice stains on your hand.
There’s another way to go about this. The steps are:
- Cut your mango horizontally from one point, and let the cut connect to the start point.
- Gently tug on one side till it comes off, leaving the other side with the seed.
- Apply the same process to the seeded side to eliminate the seed.
- Dig in with your spoon and enjoy.
Can You Eat the Skin of an Ataulfo Mango?
You can eat the skin of an ataulfo mango and any other mango. However, some people are sensitive to mango skin due to the urushiol oil content and may react with mild to severe sensitivities.
Thus, it’s best to peel off the honey mango skin and eat the flesh inside to be on the safer side.
Is Ataulfo Mango High in Sugar?
Ataulfo mangoes are high in sugar. Their deep yellow flesh has a sugar level as high as 15 grams per 100-gram serving. Thus, it’s also called ‘honey mango’ due to the higher sugar content when compared with other regular mango varieties.
How Do You Know When an Ataulfo Mango Is Ripe?
Champagne mango turns deep yellow when it is ripe. It becomes soft to the touch (not so weak as to cave in quickly) and would possibly have wrinkled skin.