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Five Ancient Greek Aphrodisiacs Available Everywhere Today

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The Birth of Aphrodite-Venus, the goddess of beauty, sensuality and love. Credit: Wikipedia/Public domain

Ancient Greeks were big believers in certain natural foods as aphrodisiacs and ancient love potions. So if you want to spice up your love life and trust the word of the ancients, look no further.

Five of the most common Greek aphrodisiacs that have been used throughout the centuries can still be found today at your local supermarket in case you feel like giving them a try!

Natural foods considered aphrodisiacs in Ancient Greece

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1. Pomegranates

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Pomegranate was considered one of the most common natural aphrodisiac foods in Ancient Greece. Credit: Joergens.mi/Wikimedia commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

This fruit has made a comeback in the past decade or so as it is praised for its nutritional values.

Even back in Ancient Greece, the pomegranate fruit was considered nutritious and it was also believed, in both ancient times and today, that the juice has aphrodisiacal properties. Why not try some? It’s good for you and just might give you the little “boost” you’ve been looking for!

2. Truffles

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Truffle hunting in Greece’s Meteora region. Credit: Meteora Museum

Dating as far back as the 1st century AD, this fungi found its way into the limelight as an aphrodisiac as it is believed that it came into existence as a result of the combined action of water, heat, and thunderbolts as Zeus hurled a thunderbolt to Earth which landed close to an oak tree!

The ancient Greek physician Galen said that “the truffle is very nourishing and can direct voluptuousness.” Ooh-la-la! How can you resist that?

3. Leeks

In ancient Greece, leeks were eaten raw and whole, or cooked, and were probably considered an aphrodisiac because of their phallic shape.

Nowadays, people still believe that leeks are an aphrodisiac. Whether they work or not, you be the judge. They are a great addition to any meal so throw some in next time you’re cooking.

4. Garlic

At some point in time, people stopped believing that garlic was toxic and started eating it to prevent illness and congestion — and of course just because it is delicious. In addition, people started believing that it possessed magical properties and that it is a natural aphrodisiac.

Try making the Greek dish skordalia, and you’ll be sure to eat a considerable amount of garlic. It is a mixture of garlic purée with which you combine with purée of potatoes, walnuts, almonds, or milk-soaked stale bread. Just brush your teeth and use mouthwash afterward in case its aphrodisiac properties really do kick in!

5. Legumes

Dating back as far as Hippocrates, legumes have been an essential part of the menu for men wishing to keep up their libido as they get older.

Hippocrates prescribed a variety of legumes to eat by the bowlful; the Greek philosopher Aristotle was a believer in lentil beans with the addition of saffron to keep a man’s libido active and in top shape. Many Greek men swear by lentil beans as a libido lifter, even today!

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