Brought down from the heavens by a magpie, the first mango seed was offered to an ancient king with the promise that its fruit would grant him—and all who ate it—eternal life. As the Kannada tale goes, the king, skeptical of the magpie’s gift, planted the seed. Once the tree grew and the fruit had ripened, he ordered a peasant man to try it. But, by some strange accident, the mango had been poisoned when an eagle with a venomous snake in its talons had passed over the tree—the peasant man died instantly. Aghast, the king strangled the magpie for lying, and mangoes were decreed deadly. Years later, an old woman, desperate to escape her family’s abuse, planned to end her life with a mango. But as she ate the fruit, she became young and beautiful again, and the mango’s life-affirming powers were revealed to the world. Wracked with guilt for killing the magpie, the king—rather than partake of the tree—took his own life.