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Jakarta Post

Recipes for romance

  • Sara Veal


Jakarta   /   Sun, February 7 2010   /  03:30 pm

Love is all around us - not just in our fingers and toes, but even in items you might not have considered, such as insects and salad. Or so it is believed. Many aphrodisiacs are considered as such because of their resemblance to sexual organs, the qualities of the animal, symbolic connections to fertility and romance or, most rarely it seems, chemical properties and effects. Here are 10 unusual aphrodisiacs from around the world - you may not want to try all of them at home. Ants. Not just any ant, but atta laevigata, a species of leafcutter ant found between Columbia and Paraguay. Known in those parts as hormiga culona (large-bottomed ant), they have been eaten for hundreds of years, and because of the supposed aphrodisiac qualities of the queens, are often given as wedding gifts. However, the regular harvesting of these romantic ants, among other factors, has led to their decline....