The Food of Love and Lust


The Food of Love and Lust

Illustration: Akshita Monga


t is widely believed that the first aphrodisiac was inadvertently consumed by man – a wandering and somewhat hungry cave man. He found a ginkgo nut lying around in the forest, popped it into his mouth, and wound up with a surprising fire in his pre-historic loins.

With that ginkgo nut, began man’s eternal quest for a hard on. The first to make the search for aphrodisiacs a part of #lifegoals were the Greeks, a bunch of randy old men in togas, who believed that whipping their privates with poison ivy or swallowing strangely sexual-looking oysters was the answer to their coital conundrums. But ever since the Kama Sutra won the Pulitzer for best erotic non-fiction in 350 BC and landed a lucrative temple statue deal, India grabbed the baton for making sure lingas don’t go limp, and ran with it into the dark erotic night.