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Wilmer Valderrama Wants To Make Sure That All Americans Know How To Cut Mangos

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There’s just something about a freshly cut mango from a street vendor that can’t be beat. Part of that is the joy, and wonder, of watching them cut the fruit in front of you.

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But how do they cut it so quickly while not chopping off one of their fingers? Cutting any fruit properly is truly an art form.

According to the National Mango Board, a recent survey finds that nearly half of American’s not only don’t know how to cut a fresh, whole mango but they consider it to be the hardest fruit to prepare.

Wilmer Valderrama understands the struggle, which is why he’s teaching his followers how to do it right.

Valderrama teamed up with the National Mango Board on Valentine’s Day to show people how to “undress a mango.” You can finally learn how to cut a mango like a pro.

“This Valentine’s Day I’m going to get flirty and really strip down and undress …. this mango (what were you thinking about?! Wow! Relax),” Valderrama writes. “Do you know that nearly half of American’s don’t know how to cut a mango? C’mon it’s a mango, don’t be that person at a mango party not knowing how to dance.. hahah Join me in undressing … this mango! (Again! I’m talking about the Mango!) #UndressAMango @mangoboard partner (and a lover of mangos, since I was 4 years old back in Venezuela!)”

¿Listo?

1. On a cutting board, position the mango so the stem is on top.

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Slice each side just past the seed.

2. Cut vertically 1/4 inch away from the midline of the mango.

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Make the same cut on the other side.

3. Lastly, cut the flesh in a grid like pattern without going through the skin

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Y presto!!

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Mango happiness!

The only thing you need now is a little sal, chile y limon.

READ: If You Loved Chamango as a Kid, You’ll Love this Mango and Tequila Paleta Recipe

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Life Lessons We Never Learned In School: How to Peel a Mango

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Life Lessons We Never Learned In School: How to Peel a Mango

Latino blood runs a juicy, vibrant mango orange. All I know, is that everyone and their mother had at least one to twelve mango trees in their backyards in Miami. You couldn’t eat them fast enough or find a mercado that wanted to buy them from you. Latinos get creative, though, so, yes, we had mango upside down cake, mango pie, and too many mango smoothies.

Even though we had an abundance of mangos, we’re Latino and wasting food is a cardinal sin. Every non-Latino friend thinks we’re crazy, but we’re putting it in writing. This is how you peel a mango.

The strategy depends on the mango.

Here in Los Angeles, the “Champagne” mango, or more lovingly referred to as the Mexican Mango, is King. They’re more local, ripe and tasty than any other mango in this part of the country.

First, peel from the opposite end of the belly button.

I know you know what I mean. The belly button is the spot where the stem used to be. Flip it over and don’t you dare pick up a knife. You’re peeling the mango with your hands.

Then, peel all the skin off like a banana.

Some folks like to peel the skin nearly to the bottom and eat it like a banana, holding the base of the mango with the skin on it. Maybe it’s a little less messy but not nearly as fun.

This small extra step is for the perfectionists:

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We all know that peeling like a monkey without a tool is more fun, but the skin isn’t going to peel all the way down to the bottom every time. Maybe this way is more satisfying for the people who like the videos of flubber being cut up a hundred different ways.

Regardless, you’ll end up with a naked, intact, juicy mango.

We’re not slicing and dicing and eating with a fork. That’s wasteful.

We’re biting into the fruit of the gods with our god given teeth.

Eating cubes of mango is the most unnatural, unsatisfying task after enjoying this spiritual experience. Latinos know.

For reference, we only do this around the inner circle.

It’s messy AF, and if you don’t need a shower by the end of your mango, you’re not doing it right. It’s carnal and it’s pure.

Then, you suck off the rest of the mango off that seed.

The degree to which there is still mango left on the seed is the ultimate judgement by your tías. You’re an ingrate if you leave any bit of morsel on the seed, and you’re given a sloppy slap on the back if you eat till it tastes bitter.

For the Miami Mango, it’s custom to absolutely not peel the mango.

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First, you slice the mango twice alongside each face of the seed. You’ll be left with two halves and the seed. Then, you hold the halves like the bowl of fruit that it is and bite into it, making sure to not bite all the way through the skin. You’re basically scraping the mango out with your teeth. Every now and then you use your teeth like scissors to bite away the skin and make room to properly enjoy your mango.

Some folks like to cut cubes into the halves of the mango and then turn it inside out.

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Admittedly, it does make the teeth-scraping process easier and less messy. We’re offended if you eat it with a fork though.

Other folks just slice the mango halves like apple slices.

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That’s the best of both worlds. The corners of your mouth don’t get roughed up from a huge mango half rubbing against it and you get the whole juicy experience.

Regardless, this is how we eat our mangos. Punto.

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Only three mangos were harmed during the creation of this culture-affirming post. We’re wide-eyed and sloppy and unapologetic about it.

After Three Years Off The Air, The ALMA Awards Are Back Honoring Latino Entertainers

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After Three Years Off The Air, The ALMA Awards Are Back Honoring Latino Entertainers

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Earlier this year we reported that the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards would be joining forces with UnidosUS and Fuse Media to bring audiences a new and improved program for our people. The Latino-focused award show was on a three-year break from 2015 to 2017 but it’s back and better than ever.

Here’s some of the excitement that went down during the 2018 ALMA Awards.

After three years with no presence, the ALMA Awards hosted their ceremony in Los Angeles honoring the biggest names in Latin entertainment.

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Former ALMA honoree Wilmer Valderama, who won in 2013 for Outstanding Social Activism, served as the host of 2018 ALMA Awards.

Amara La Negra attended and performed “Insecure.”

The Afro-Latina artist spoke about the importance of her ALMA Awards performance wrting on Instagram: “I am so Grateful for every opportunity God Puts in my Path. Lord Thank you for soo many blessings. I’m too focused and determined for distractions. Tunnel vision.”

Puerto Rican reggaeton star J.Álvarez was both an honoree and performer.

J.ALvarez posted his appreciation for being an honoree on Instagram. The singer spoke about the importance of the ALMA Awards giving Latino artists and activists a platform to spread their culture within the United States and beyond.

Miguel was also honored for his contribution to Latin arts.

The singer dedicated his award to his grandmother who recently passed away. The singer spoke about his grandmother leaving Michoacan, Mexico in the 1940s and giving up her dreams for her family’s future.

Young Latina activists were also awarded for bringing awareness to global warming.

At 16 years old, Jamie Margolin is just getting started. The teenager organized a march on Washington about the need to effectively and decisively tackle climate change.

Samantha Fuentes, a Parkland shooting survivor was also honored for her fight for gun reform.

Fuentes survived the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. Since then, she has teamed up with other young women fighting for gun reform.

The award show was held just days before the midterm elections, so several presenters and guests spoke about the importance of voting.

We can always count on Gina Rodriguez to make us passionate about being civically responsible.

Speaking of Rodriguez, her show “Jane the Virgin” was honored that evening.

This show has done so much for the inclusion of Latinos in Hollywood, and they prove how much representation matters.

Aside from the awards and performances, let’s discuss the fashion.

Actress Francia Raísa looked stunning in all white. The actress from “Grown-ish” became a household name when she donated her kidney to help best friend Selena in her fight against Lupus.

We can always count on Adrienne Bailon to bring the class to the red carpet.

The ALMA Awards is the award show to showcase your Latinidad and amazing style.

Singer Ally Brooke slayed on the red-carpet and stage because she exudes that former Fifth Harmony magic.

The former Fifth Harmony member performed her new single “Vámonos” and the crowd could not get enough of her performance.

Emily Tosta, star of the new “Party of Five” was spectacular in a Rhea Costa gown.

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Congrats to all of the winners, presenters, and performers. What was your favorite part of the new ALMA Awards?

READ: The ALMA Awards Show Is Returning To Television After A Three-Year Hiatus

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