Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of pleasure, passion, love, and other heartfelt and lusty emotions. She’s also the namesake for just about anything — usually food and drink — that enhances a person’s sexual pleasure, attraction, desires, and feelings of love. That’s right, we’re talking about aphrodisiacs. You’ve probably heard tall tales about some of these fruits, nuts, plants, and even mollusks which supposedly induce the urge to make love. According to legend, these foods are the edible equivalent of shooting that special someone with Cupid’s arrow. Truth be told, many of them don’t have a ton of scientific proof to back up their claims. Still, we’re willing to give anything a shot.
Aphrodisiacs are a global tradition and take the form of herbs, spices, and foods designed to increase your libido. From Peru to Paris, human beings have been dreaming up ways to get you in the mood for love. Here, we delve into some of the most popular aphrodisiacs from almost every corner of the globe.