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Episode 102 - A Fine Romance
Presenting Exotic Fruit
Is that really a fruit?
Exotic fruits are becoming more and more easy to find. Nowadays, your local supermarket or green grocer carries fruits that up until a few years ago were available only at specialty shops. Question is, how do you cut and prepare a mango, pineapple or papaya when you get it home? Here are some easy suggestions.

Mango - Start by slicing the fruit lengthwise around the pit in the centre. Using a paring knife, score the fruit diagonally in one direction and then do the same in the opposite direction. You want the knife to come as close to the skin as possible without piercing it. Then, invert the mango as if you're turning it inside out. Like magic the mango ends up cut into little squares. Simply cut off the squares and pop them into your mouth or use them in your favourite recipe.

Pineapple - This one's a little tougher, but worth it. Using a sharp knife, cut off the spiky crown of the pineapple, then slice off about half an inch from the bottom. Stand the pineapple on its end. Now you can easily slice off the rest of the skin, cutting so that you trim off the %quot;eyes" of the fruit. A quick way to present pineapple is to cut it into slices and then cut the slices themselves into halves.

Papaya - This one's real easy. Simply cut the papaya in half lengthwise and then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Now you can peel the two halves and slice or cube them as you wish.