An Aphrodisiac Side Dish


Note: “Historically, asparagus is pure sex food….In nineteenth-century France, bridgrooms were fed three courses of asparagus in anticipation of their wedding nights, and the salacious stalks were banned from the menu in girls’ schools, for fear of inflaming the imaginations of susceptible teens.” A quotation from Barbara Mahany’s review in Sunday’s Tribune of “How Carrots won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories  of Common Vegetables” by Rebecca Rupp

I’ve never had to take cold showers
Because of eating cauliflowers.
And my libido’s never ached
Over potatoes, mashed or baked.
If vegetables got me erotic,
I’d  be diagnosed psychotic.
Yet once asparagus was viewed
In 19th-century France as lewd.
And grooms asparagus were fed
To satisfy their brides in bed.
Which may encourage some of us
To dine on more asparagus.


[Answers to “Test Your Hanukkah I.Q.” = 1. b;  2.  John 10: 22-23; 3. b; 4. b; 5. b; 6. c; 7. Hillel; 8. d.]




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