Through the ages these fibrous shafts have had a reputation as an aphrodisiac due not only to their phallic shape but the fact that they were once considered rare.Culpeper, a great seventeenth century herbalist, wrote that asparagus "stirreth" up lust in both men and women. But, perhaps this is because asparagus arrive in Spring, the traditional season for love.


We now know that asparagus contain potassium, fiber, vitamins A, C, B6 and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.  Asparagus also contain vitamin E which is good for the skin. All the better for that after-glow.


In 19th-century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinner for good reason! Some say one should eat asparagus over three days for the most powerful effect.


Regardless, freshly cooked asparagus dribbled over with melted butter and fed to your lover with your fingers, is bound to have some sort of erotic effect.


Ironically, the pencil thin version of this delectable shaft is the prized one.