Because of its association with new life, the egg was considered the ultimate symbol of fertility among almost every ancient nation. The Egyptians believed their god created the egg out of the sun and moon.
One of the most mystical foods, eggs have even held high importance in more modern European traditions. In Central Europe, peasants have been known to rub eggs on their plows as a ritual for improving crops. In France, brides broke an egg on their doorstep as a guarantee of a large family.
The most opulent of eggs, caviar, was named for the Persian khav-yar, meaning “cake of strength.” The tiny pearls of the sea were originally thought to give the eater a long life. Like all eggs, caviar is rich in protein. And protein increases the aphrodisiac effects by helping to sustain energy and passion. Caviar has the added bonus of a high zinc content, essential for blood flow.
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