The aphrodisiac history of bananas
Its shape makes this phallic, yellow fruit a shoe-in for world’s most suggestive food. But, phallic allusions aside, bananas have a lot to offer to the world of romance.
For starters, behind that slick peel, the slender banana’s fruit is packed with nutrients essential to sexual hormone production, including potassium and B vitamins.
(Incidentally, did you know the fruit of the banana plant–that’s right it’s a plant, not a tree–is classified as a berry?)
Bananas originated in Asia, where they became one of the earliest cultivated fruits. (And one of the earliest aphrodisiacs.) In India, where their aphrodisiac nature was embraced early on, the yellow, phallic fruit was known a favorite food of the sages. Even today, bananas are included in Indian offerings to the fertility gods.
But this sexy reputation extends to many other cultures. In Islam, the banana, not the apple, was believed to be the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden. And according to Temptations: igniting the pleasure and power of aphrodisiacs, at one time the yellow fruit was off limits to women in native Hawaiian culture simply because of shape.
They were introduced to the Caribbean and Central America by early Portuguese and Spanish explorers. And the fruit’s aphrodisiac nature quickly took hold and still remains today. In fact, in Central America, the sap of the red banana tree is sipped as an aphrodisiac elixir.
Additional benefits of bananas
As I mentioned in my introduction, the banana’s aphrodisiac reputation isn’t all hype. This soft, sweet, tropical fruit is actually a nutritional gift. A good source of fiber and aforementioned potassium, it is thought to be an aid in lowering blood pressure. And not only is it gentle on digestion, but bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid know to promote relaxation.
A snack packaged by nature in its own vibrant yellow peel, a banana also provides the body with a dose of vitamin C. And the fruit is a source of manganese, which is a nutrient noted for an ability to support men’s sexual health. They also contain magnesium, which supports blood flow for a healthy heart and sexual satisfaction. And you can reap all of these benefits in just one, individually wrapped, 100 calorie serving.
For a sexy, year-round treat, try freezing bananas, then dip in hot fudge and feed to your lover.
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