Fact or Fiction: Strange Aphrodisiacs

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Arugula, or Eruca sativa, is known in some parts as "rocket" for a reason.

Documentation that describes arugula or rocket seeds as a popular aphrodisiac dates back to Roman times.

Chomping on pigeon meat has a reputation for improving performance in the bedroom.

Sparrows have historically been considered an aphrodisiac -- their brains, in particular. We can thank Aphrodite's admiration of these little winged wonders for bestowing such a fascination on them as part of her namesake phenomenon.

Nibbling on some lovely water lilies is said to put ladies in the mood.

Neither water lilies nor watercress can lay claim to arousing desire.

The Aztecs thought avocadoes grew in a rather suggestive manner, so they considered them an aphrodisiac.

Both avocadoes and chili peppers counted as aphrodisiacs to the Aztecs, although the avocado's reported prowess was only due to a certain manly appearance.

Carrots have a reputation for more than just the gift of good eyesight. Apparently ingesting them can also make a prospective mate pretty easy on the eyes.

Over the centuries, an attraction to phallic foods has qualified such candidates as carrots, bananas, asparagus and celery for aphrodisiac status.

Oysters have been an exceedingly popular aphrodisiac for centuries, and they're treasured treats for the same type of visual logic that earned avocados a spot in the pantheon.

Casanovas of the world have long loved oysters as an aphrodisiac, in part due to their resemblance to a certain portion of the female anatomy.

A little licorice is just what a lady needs to get ready for some lovemaking.

The super-sweet essence of licorice has been considered an aphrodisiac that's particularly potent on women, but it's best to avoid large doses.

An apple a day might help keep the doctor away, but it could also work wonders when trying to attract a mate.

Apples have long been lauded for their association with concepts like love, sensuality, fertility and sexuality.

Legends of fire-breathing salamanders stem from the creatures' perceived ability to heat things up in the boudoir.

Salamanders have never been particularly noted for creating any passionate pining, but lizards known as skinks certainly were.

Olive Oyl was on to something . It turns out olives are another food believed to help set the stage for seduction.

Figs are renowned as aphrodisiacs, but olives are another traditional choice. Some believe the black ones work best on women, while the green ones are great for men.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might not love the idea of aphrodisiacs, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from trying to use certain foods to spice up their love lives. Take this quiz to see if you know which foods are purported to intensify sexual desire and set the stage for a wild night or some afternoon delight.

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