as celery, oyster and strawberries are so accepted as aphrodisiacs
in Western society that they have become clichés for sexuality.
When we gather round a 'barbie' or a keg, if any of the above
foods are offered, someone is sure to do a 'nudge, nudge, wink,
wink', and husbands and wives will say to each other, 'You'd better
eat lots of these, love!'.
How seriously we really
believe that certain foods are going to make us keener or better
in bed, I don't know, but let us not forget that all food is sensual
in its way. Remember that famous scene in the movie Tom
Jones? The two lovers go through a whole meal as a prelude
to having sex and the eating experience becomes part of the foreplay.
Why the relationship
between food and sex? Food is taken through the mouth, a highly
sensual area of the human body; also, it's pleasurable and relates
to one of the first comforts we recall as babies; finally, the tastes
and textures of many foods are reminiscent of sexual acts.
Fruit is considered to be a particularly sensual form of food.
Of course, some are 'sexier' than others; peaches are sensual, apples
are not, grapes and strawberries are, and citrus fruits such as
oranges, lemons and limes are certainly not.