Why is chocolate associated with Valentine’s Day?
Why is fennel mentioned in the Kama Sutra?
Why does the mere sight of a banana reduce some of us to adolescent giggles?
Ask Helen Yoest, and watch her blush.
Yoest explores the aphrodisiac qualities of certain herbs, fruits, flowers and vegetables in her new book, Plants With Benefits. The book delves into the lore and chemistry of plants that are reputed to fuel our sexual fires when we ingest them, smell them or just look at their suggestive shapes.
Yoest tells us how our ancestors believed those plants affected us, and then digs a little deeper to find out what those plants really do to our bodies or our minds.
You may never be able to eat avocados with a straight face again.
Plants With Benefits is published by St. Lynn’s Press and sells for $17.95 in hardcover.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge