Part 2

Completely different were the Romans.They used Ginger for almost everything. Even spiced their wine with it, thinking and hoping to whatever they thought needed help and standing/staying power. However, realy hot stuff was thought to be ground pepper, it was even called 'bull powder'.
Further up north in the land of Vercinquetorix, right up to the Middle Ages, Germans swore and believed in the power of the humble apple. However, it must have been rubbed in and coated with sweat of ones lover. But also grapes were thought to 'warm the loins' and stimulate activity between the sheets.
During the 17th century, English ladies thought they will win favor with a lover if she made 'cockle bread' and feed it to him. She pressed a piece of dough into her 'portal of desire and baked it for the subject of her lust and want'.
When the tomato arrived for the first time from across the ocean, many people thought that this was the forbidden fruit, the 'loveapple' from paradise, the Garden of Eden.
Contrary to popular belief, the tomato received this appellation not because it was originally considered an aphrodisiac, but because of a hearing problem. The Spanish brought the tomato back from the New World and called it 'manzana' or apple because that is what they thought it was. Early tomatoes were yellow, so Italians called them pomo d'or - apple of gold. Around that time, tomatoes, like eggplant, were thought by some to be poisonous, because they happen to be botanical members of the nightshade family, which includes some toxic relatives. (Tobacco and Belladonna are two of them).
Courtesans to give the eyes lustrous dark shine and make them look bigger extensively used belladonna.
Therefore, to disassociate the tomato from its poisonous reputation, the Italians changed the name to pomo d'Moro (apple of the Moors, of the Spanish). Later, a Frenchman touring Italy asked for the name of this unusual ingredient and misunderstood it to be pomme d'amour - love apple. The misnomer rapidly spread throughout Europe and became synonymous with the juicy red fruit ever since. It is not, however, considered the source of Adam's temptation, as many armchair theorists would have you believe.

These days Guarana, the seeds of a little fruit that grows on the banks of the Amazon is thought to get you going day and night. No fancy package there, no costly advertising, just a simple plain metal tin. Maybe the results speak for themselves?
However, as clever and cunning most of these recommendations might be-it comes more or less down to one simple thing. It is mind over matter. If you believe in something, it will always help. And if you don't all the oysters, celery (and Viagra, these days) will not turn you into a red hot Romeo!
On the one hand, it is easier to understand the gullibility of the user if some organs are being thought to be of aphrodisiac powers. Might that be the sexual organs or meat of the rabbit, I mean they realy go after each other, or what?!
Or that the seaslug is highly sought after by the Chinese, because when you touch it, it swells up twice in size and stands up, a wish that many a desperate aging lover might have!
Maybe explanations why some fooditems are thought have aphrodisiac powers are rather simple.