From oysters to pomegranates, there are some foods that, since historic times, have inspired romance, love, and passion. We’ve corralled together some of the most interesting and strange food items that are seen as romantic, and you’ll never think about these eats the same way again.
Now, when dipped in chocolate, strawberries are a sensual snack that reddens the lips, making them extra sweet and kissable. Not only are strawberries symbolically linked with romance, but they are also scientifically connected to intimacy and sex.
While watermelon is often the fruit most synonymous with hot summer days, come midsummer you’ll begin to see peaches and nectarines, preceded by cherries and apricots in the spring. What do all these juicy fruits have in common?
Stone fruits get their name from the pit or “stone” in their center that is encased in a fleshy outer area. Also known as drupes, stone fruits tend to have thin skins that may be fuzzy or smooth.
What does a pomegranate represent?
Known by the ancient Greeks as the culinary symbol of Aphrodite, the pomegranate represents love and sensual pleasure. Some even believe it was not an apple that Eve ate in the Garden of Eden, but actually a pomegranate. Regardless of its mythological past, pomegranates are filled with antioxidants that can help boost your immune system and increase blood flow.
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite was the goddess of love, desire, beauty and procreation. Not only was she considered the most beautiful woman in the Universe, she also had magical powers that compelled everyone to desire her – and let’s face it, isn’t that the only super power we all really want?
As a common metaphor found in the bible, the fig represents prosperity, sexuality and safety. A fig tree is slow growing and requires constant care and attention – just like a budding relationship. The fig tree is also the only tree specifically named in the Garden of Eden and is what covers Adam and Eve after they give into temptation.
Due to it’s shape and texture, unripe papaya has long been believed to be an aphrodisiac for women. And though we don’t suggest you rely solely on this old wives tale, it’s been thought that the seeds of a papaya have contraceptive properties.
What fruit is good for Valentine’s Day?
Pomegranate is another fruit whose notable color lends itself to the holiday celebrating love. The bright flavor of pomegranate seeds, combined with their distinctive red hues and high antioxidant content make pomegranate a great choice for a Valentine’s Day meal.
Apples have a very strong tie to love and temptation in the western world. When the Greek goddess of strife decided to sow discord among the other goddesses, she did so with a golden apple. The forbidden fruit containing the knowledge of good and evil is often depicted as an apple. The fruit poisoned to make a certain young royal fall into deep sleep, awoken only by true love’s kiss? You know the answer. Apples recur in storylines throughout human civilization as a symbol of beauty, knowledge, and especially temptation. Red apples in shape and color even resemble hearts. Which is all without mentioning the many health benefits of apples, rich in Vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Almonds are renowned for their arousing odor—the smell of almonds is said to increase libido in women. According to the Almond Board of California, almonds were popularly used in Roman weddings, and like rice were rained on new couples as a fertility charm.
Pineapple’s spectacular and bold appearance made it a luxury throughout the world. King Louis XIV of France was so excited to try one that he bit into the outer shell of the pineapple, much to his misfortune. Historically, pineapple was consumed as a treatment for impotence, with its content of vitamin C, manganese and thiamine. Pineapple is a versatile fruit, easy to incorporate into drinks, salads, or used as a juice marinade in cooking.
Historically, pineapple was consumed as a treatment for impotence, with its content of vitamin C, manganese and thiamine. Pineapple is a versatile fruit, easy to incorporate into drinks, salads, or used as a juice marinade in cooking.
The aphrodisiac, which takes its name from the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, is a food or other consumable which increases amorous ardor. In many cases, the history of most aphrodisiacs is tied to folk legends and ancient traditions. The science surrounding aphrodisiacs is murky, but the idea remains appealing.
You know the answer. Apples recur in storylines throughout human civilization as a symbol of beauty, knowledge, and especially temptation. Red apples in shape and color even resemble hearts. Which is all without mentioning the many health benefits of apples, rich in Vitamin C and dietary fiber.