Are raspberries an aphrodisiac?
If you stop and think for just a moment, the aphrodisiac allure of the raspberry is obvious. Shape and texture alone make this summer fruit sexy. Combine with that ruby glow given off by a bowl of the ripe, summer fruit, a raspberry is simply a morsel of seductive beauty.
The fruit is actually a collection of tiny fruits with the not-so-sexy name druplets. The tiny, fragile fruits, held together around a hollow core make for a sensual experience when pressed between the teeth. As the individual pods pop, the fruit bursts with flavor and the remaining skins acquire an almost melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
So you can see why raspberries would be considered aphrodisiac for the sensuality they offer to the eater. But there are some who believe that raspberries earned their reputation as an aphrodisiac food because of their shape, which is said to resemble a woman’s nipple.
However, the reason raspberries deserve their reputation as aphrodisiac is really because of nutrition. Raspberries are not only good for you, they may be extremely beneficial to your sex life.
The health benefits of raspberries
Raspberries are remarkably healthy. Did you know that a single serving of raspberries offers more than 50% of your daily intake of vitamin C?
The antioxidant benefits of raspberries
But vitamin C is not the only antioxidant raspberries have to offer. They are also a source of vitamin E and lycopene as well as ellagic acid and quercitin.
Raspberries also contain a group of flavanoids called anthocyanins, which are recognized for their role in reducing inflammation and promoting heart health. (Anthocyanins are also the pigment that gives raspberries their sexy, red color.)
Raspberries for fiber
According to the USDA’s FoodData Central, fresh raspberries also offer 8 grams of fiber per one cup serving. Although you might not link fiber with your sexual health, fiber is essential to looking and feeling your most sexy. So you should always be in the lookout for fiber-rich foods like raspberries to keep yourself in your sexual prime.
Raspberry benefits for male sexual health
Raspberry health benefits include a few that are particularly beneficial to men.
Raspberries are recognized as a source of manganese, a nutrient identified as essential to sexual health – particularly for men’s sexual health.
The fruit is also a source of potassium, a nutrient linked with men’s heart health. (Keep in mind that anything that helps keep your heart pumping, will increase your chances of achieving sexual arousal and climax.)
Lastly, there is a possible link between the high vitamin C content in raspberries and improved sperm DNA. In fact, one 2012 study proved that certain micronutrients, including C, improved sperm quality. So if you are part of a couple trying to get pregnant, eating more fruits like raspberries, rich in vitamin C, may improve your outcome. But be sure to check with a fertility specialist before relying solely on fresh fruit.
What is raspberry sexually?
There are a couple of slang uses for raspberry, both of which are linked with sex.
The first, the more innocent of the two is the act of pressing your lips on someones skin and blowing so that your lips vibrate and make a whoopie cushion-like sound. This playful treatment can be applied to pretty much any body part from the neck to arm to stomach and isn’t necessarily linked with sex.
The second, however, is on the more lewd side and wasn’t familiar to me until I started researching for this article. According to the Urban Dictionary, it is an act a man can perform on a woman involving blowing air at the climax of a certain sexual act.
Neither of these raspberries will promote sexual health but depending on what you’re into, they could give the word raspberry a sexy, new meaning.
As for everyone else, I recommend eating the raspberry fruit in abundance whenever they’re in season.
Storing and serving raspberries
Because of their fragility, raspberries in perfection are a rare and short-lived treat. Despite being among the world’s most nutritional foods, they are considered an indulgent delicacy. For a sensual treat, surprise your lover with a bowl of plump, just-picked berries accompanied by nothing more than a dollop of whipped cream.
Most readily available from mid-summer to fall, raspberries should be stored carefully to prevent spoilage. They should always be kept in the refrigerator, preferably topped with a paper towel to help prevent excess moisture. Stored this way, the precious fruits will last around 24-48 hours.
You can serve them for every meal of the day. Here are a few of my favorite recipes including raspberries.
Aphrodisiac raspberries recipes
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in July 2021.
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