June 2, 2010

Butt Cut

Posted in Life tagged , , , , , , , at 1:08 am by lindaslongview

I have always loved mangoes.  Even though I grew up in the middle of nowhere and had never seen a mango, I loved the mango flavor in the Tropical Fruit Lifesavers, so my world rocked the day I had a REAL mango.  I’m fully addicted with a three-pack a week habit from Costco…

My friend Gayle mentioned to me the other day that she needed a mango lesson because they are hard to select and then cut.

My advice (hardly long view, but advice nonetheless):  It’s the butt cut!

Gayle’s Mango Select and Cut Lesson:

  1. Purchase the yellow/orangish “champagne” mangoes from Costco – they come in a pack of six.  (They aren’t always the Ciruli brand, but they have a similar look).  These are the most consistent mangoes for novices!  😉
  2. Inspect the mango for slight softness and excellence in color – should be slighly orangish when ripe.  If the skin starts getting wrinkled, it will be okay, but it’s a bit like a brown banana – it’s getting old.
  3. Find the butt of the mango.
  4. Slice off the butt of the mango.  (I like a small bladed knife with slight serration – usually an apple paring knife).
  5. Use the now flat butt of the mango to stand it on end for slicing the sides away from the interior flat pit.  Slice the 1st side away guiding the knife down the flat side of the pit – stay as close to the pit as you can.
  6. Repeat on the 2nd side.
  7. Hold the pit to allow you to remove the rind from the flesh remaining around the pit.
  8. Eat the pit like an animal!  (My favorite part!)
  9. Use a spoon to scoop the delicious flesh from the two sides.
  10. Enjoy!

For non-spoon eating preparation, do #7 (remove rind – essentially peeling an apple with a knife) BEFORE #5 & 6, keep #8, and change #9 to “slice appealingly and eat delicious flesh with a fork!”

Butt really how does this relate to the Long View?….

It’s connected via Chip & Dan Heath’s story on “How to teach a monkey to ride a skateboard” in their new book, Switch:

The answer doesn’t involve punishment.  Animal trainers rarely use punishment these days.  You can punish an elephant only so many times before you wind up as a splinter.  Instead trainers set a behavioral destination and then use “approximations,” meaning that they reward each tiny step toward destination.  For example, in the first hour of the first day of training, the future skateboarding monkey gets a chunk of mango for not freaking out when the trainer puts the board in his cage.  Later he gets mango for touching the board, then for sitting on it, then for letting the trainer push him back and forth on it.  Mango, mango, mango.  Hundreds of sessions later, you’ve got a mango-bloated monkey ready to skate a half-pipe.”

And there is the Long View connection – mango is a long-view training tool!

Have you had some mango today?!  🙂