conch--an aphrodisiac

The aphrodisiac history of conch

Like all foods of the sea, conch is considered aphrodisiac.

This seductive seafood was important to native cultures throughout early history of the Americas. Its meat, considered aphrodisiac to most of its early enthusiasts, was enjoyed for its sweet, clean flavor.

Looking at things from a nutritional perspective, it’s not hard to see how conch might have earned its reputation. For starters, it’s a good source of lean protein. In addition, this unusual seafood is a good source of iron and calcium. My guess is that it was successful as an aphrodisiac in its early history because of the boost of energy its nutrients provided to hunters and gatherers.

Today, one particular piece of conch is known as “Bahamian Viagra.” The “pistol,” thought by some to be the sea creature’s male genitalia, is actually an appendage found on both male and female conch. (It’s real use is for digestion, not mating.) But for those who find it’s penis-like shape arousing, this slimy little cord is thought to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. (The popularity of conch pistol does not appear to be limited to the Bahamas. In fact, it’s enjoyed across the Caribbean for reported aphrodisiac effects. But perhaps it is most appreciated by men, since one local saying is that this beloved seafood will put “lead in your pencil.”)

Of all the seafoods featured in this aphrodisiacs guide, this one is probably the most challenging to cook. The secret is to tenderize the meat with a little citrus juice before cooking, otherwise you end up with something that resembles rubber on your dinner plate.

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