The use of aphrodisiacs, or food and drinks that are thought to increase sex drive and make sex itself more pleasurable, dates back to as early as the fourth century. In ancient times, aphrodisiacs were used to help increase male and female potency in an age where procreation was everything, thus leading people to eat particular foods that they thought would sustain their fecundity.
In recent times, foods like asparagus, oysters, bananas, almonds, or chocolate have been said to have aphrodisiac qualities, but cultures around the world have long had their own remedies and aids to help them get blood flowing to the right places. Below are some true but bizarre aphrodisiacs from around the world through time.
According to Ashok Kumar Panda, a Senior Research Officer at the Ayurveda Regional Research Institute in Gangtok, Sikkim, the first known aphrodisiac was body odor. The Stone Age yeah, but I believe some people still get turned on by how their partner smell.
In ancient Egypt, lilies were believed to be a prized possession of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and therefore used to enhance sexual performance.
The sucking fish or remora, was mixed into potions sold in Roman markets and was said to induce passion.
Hippomanes, defined commonly as a small piece of flesh taken from a foal’s forehead, was consumed by the ancient Greeks to heighten sexual desire. Okay, now that’s disgusting!
Cobra was consumed by the Cantonese in the 2nd Century to enhance their sex drive.
The Chinese began to consume sea cucumber for its phallic shape.
Saffron was used all over, from India to Egypt to Greece. It is said that the herb builds stamina and promotes serenity in the 7th century AD.
Balut, an egg containing a duck fetus, is consumed as a sidewalk snack in the Philippines to promote virility.
Leaf Cutter Ants
In pre-Columbian times, leaf cutter ants were given as wedding gifts to be consumed on the first night of marital bliss.
Paracelsus, a Swiss-German doctor, said the shape of nature’s objects determined their purpose. Walnuts were thought to resemble testicles and were consumed for virility.
In the Renaissance period carrots were believed to have had a stimulating effect on male potency. Arugula and garlic, too.
In the 6th century AD, rhinoceros horn was consumed by the Chinese to help blood circulation for men during love making.
18th Century A.D.
So the legend goes, Casanova consumed 50 oysters for breakfast every day to increase his libido.
Fugu or Blow Fish
Fugu or Blow fish, is said to have passion-inducing powder and is now only prepared by licensed cooks in Japan because it’s known as a risky Japanese delicacy.
Tiger penis, eaten in Asia, is a highly coveted aphrodisiac, going for $300 to $400 a bowl, according to Natural Aphrodisiacs. Though the author does mention that very little is known about why it’s considered such a valuable stimulant.
In China, dried seahorses are submerged in a bottle of alcohol for about a month, then consumed by men to promote virility.
In South Korea, and in several other Asian countries, men believe that dog meat is an aphrodisiac, providing the energy for an intense night in the bedroom. Koreans believe that the tenderer the meat, the better their night will be.
Cow Cod Soup
Cow cod soup is the ultimate aphrodisiac in Jamaica. Thought to have originated in Africa, cow cod soup is made with the penis (cod) of a bull — not a cow, obviously — cooked in a broth with bananas and peppers or with carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. It is said to boost men’s sex drive.
After this mind boggling revelation… which would you try?