19.6.11

Fruits of Love

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The types of food thought to enhance feelings of love are found in many different types of foods, but particularly, fruit. In ancient times fruit was hard to come by and was considered, exotic. Therefore, fruit was something placed on the top shelf of desire.

Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that fruit induces feelings of love, there is also no denying that because of the natural goodness contained in it, it makes you feel good. It is therefore often associated with sensual feelings.

Some of the fruits which have earned their reputations as fruits of love are:-

Apples

Apples have long been associated with love, health, beauty, luck, and of course – temptation. Some believe it to be the fruit that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Greek mythology, Zeus and Hera were given a tree of golden apples on their wedding day by Gaia, or Mother Earth. In some customs, apples are served at the end of a meal, not only to aid digestion, but in anticipation of the pleasures they may induce.

Lychees

Lychees are small, oriental fruit with a hard skin which peels away, leaving a soft grape-like texture underneath. They have been cultivated in China for centuries and are a symbol of romance. An old tale tells of an emperor’s concubine who demanded this fruit although it was not native to the region. The fruit had to be fetched hundreds of miles away, a journey which took weeks to accomplish.

Peaches

There are many different types of peaches, which vary greatly in colour. Peaches are native to China and have been associated with ripe sexuality by them, for centuries. This may be owing to its shape, wonderful scent and soft, moist texture. In art, the peach with one leaf attached symbolises the heart and tongue and was adopted by Renaissance artists to represent, truth.

Pomegranates

The pomegranate has been regarded for centuries as a symbol of fertility. Venus was said to prize the fruit and it is recommended in the Kama Sutra as an exotic tool. In mythology, Persephone’s daughter was abducted by Hades, god of the Underworld, and he let her return to regenerate the Earth each spring. The pomegranate was a symbol for this regeneration. The Chinese consider the pomegranate symbolises prosperity.

Strawberries

Strawberries are not only sweet and delicious; they also contain high levels of vitamin C, and are fat-free. They are red and heart shaped, which is probably why they are considered a symbol of love. A very old custom claims that if you cut a strawberry in half and share it with someone, you will find your true love. One superstition claims that if a pregnant woman eats strawberries, her baby will end up with a strawberry birthmark.


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