Picture yourself picking fresh fruits and veggies from a garden that you carefully and patiently grew all on your own in your backyard. You’re proud at how far your garden has come along ranging in a variety of plants from onions and peppers, to tomatoes, potatoes, and peaches, strawberries, and all sorts of other fruits and vegetables. You’re missing one fruit in particular, and this is something that you’ve been craving for the past few days. You eat it all of the time with your sushi and salads. You also eat it with your omelets, and you make a mean guac with it as well.
You travel to the nearby market and search for avocados. You pick one out that wasn’t too ripe, but just right. When you return home, you notice that you nor you lover, who was also outside working hard out in the yard, have not eaten yet. You make the guacamole that you were craving; adding in some tomatoes, garlic cloves, red onion, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice (fresh from your garden). Finally, you pull out the handmade tortilla chips that you made a few days prior and you and your love enjoy the snack that you made. Not long after, you both find your hands all over each other, kissing non-stop and soon your clothes have fallen to the ground.
Sounds a little over the top right? Well this is likely to happen, at least in ancient history.
In ancient times it was known as the “Testicle Tree” by the Aztecs, officially named, ahuacuatl, because of the fruits hanging in pairs from the tree. Because of its appearance being a dead giveaway to sexual desires, the avocado was deemed an aphrodisiac. In the 1920’s, an American avocado advertising campaign denied the aphrodisiac properties, hoping to to tempt people to indulge in the “forbidden fruit.” The reverse psychology worked and Americans began nibble and indulge in secrecy.
In 2001, a survey was conducted in California to investigate the folktale and its validity. The polls revealed that 63% of the people agreed that the avocado’s aphrodisiac is proven to be true.
Avocados include beta carotene, magnesium and vitamin E, (which is sometimes called the “sex vitamin”). Avocados contain more potassium that bananas and offers 2.4 grams of protein for every 1/2 cup. This definitely makes for the perfect fruit to set your night of hot sex off with a bang!
As we all know, avocados do more for your body and appearance. It is often used when mixed with honey and lime (thanks to the folks in South Africa) as a face mask to help with dry and irritated skin. Avocados are also great for providing shine to your hair.