Aphrodisiac Day 7 for Valentine’s Day: Figs


Love figs!

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Figs

Figs are one of the oldest cultivated fruits around, dating back to at least 5,000 B.C and originating in Asia Minor. Esteemed since ancient times for their aphrodisiac properties. In the past, a man breaking open a fig and eating it in front of his lover was considered a powerfully erotic act. In many cultures figs are still considered a symbol of fertility today. Split in half, they are said to resemble the female genitalia. Left whole, they could resemble part of the male genitalia. Ancients thought the milky-white substance (a natural latex) that drips from the cut stem represented life itself and it was used to combat infertility and support healthy lactation. Cooked figs have been used as sweeteners in lieu of sugar since historical times, and still continue today in North Africa and the Middle East.

The fig tree can live as long as 100 years and grow…

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