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Bird’s nest soup photo courtesy of Bon Appetit/Travel and Leisure

Poisonous snakes, roasted ants…oh the things we consume for love.

The concept of the aphrodisiac—a substance that, when consumed, enhances sexual performance—exists in almost every culture, and dates back as far as ancient Egypt (when amorous couples reportedly ate wine-soaked water lilies to amp up their passion). Martha Hopkins, author of InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, explains that “historically, foods that mimicked certain body parts were believed to aid those same body parts, including sexual organs.” That would explain certain populations’ affinity for sea cucumber—as well as powdered rhino horn.

I loved this article.  Thanks Meg.


Written by doorr

February 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Posted in Food, Holidays

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