April 5, 2014
I’ve never cut a raw mango before
Never hacked the fruit away from the immense pit.
Attempt to peel the green and red skin from the orange pulp.
Can count on one hand the number of times I’ve eaten mango
But that moment, a beacon on the chalkboard sign
“On Sale: $1.50” and I said Can’t be that hard.
My sticky counter and dulled knife now argue that hypothesis.
Black faux granite shining with juices
Spilt over cutting board and hangnails
With just enough juice seeped in to make it sting
My own skin not split quite wide enough to actually rinse out.
Mangos don’t come with instructions
like pineapples do.
Little cardboard attachment to stalk
Info card attachment to stalk
One side cutting methods
Converse to random facts
Did you know the pineapple is actually multiple fruits fused together?
I did not.
Mango is singular
Enough fruit post-hack job for one.
Fairly certain I’ve hacked enough toughness out of the center
I sit down and feed a piece to my girlfriend.
She exclaims That’s pretty good
Stinging in my fingers dulled for the moment.