It is mango season and time to step back thousands of years when, as folklore goes, the first mango tree was born somewhere in the Indo-Burma region thousands of years ago. I know now what the Caveman called the fruit but early Sanskrit texts refer to it as amra. Chinese traveller Hsien-Tsang who visited India in 632 AD was the first one to tell the world about mangoes. Mughal emperor Akbar planted an orchard of 100,000 mango trees in Darbhanga (Bihar) and Ain-e-Akbari (1590) details the qualities of mangoes. Alauddin Khilji was the first mango patron and his feast in Sivama Fort is legendary. Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar’s mango garden inside Red Fort (Delhi) was called Hayat Bakhsh and the earliest reference to ‘mango’ in a European language appears in 1510 in the Italian text of Ludovico di Varthema.