Asparagus is gaining a new cult status as the UK’s top selling aphrodisiac according to supermarket retailer, Tesco.
In the run-up to this Valentine’s Day, lovers created record demand for the vegetable as it is said to increase the libido.
The vegetable aphrodisiac effect is a result of the plant’s natural chemicals such phytohormones or phytosteroids, which may evoke a steroid-like action in humans, and influence sex hormone receptors.
Now a home-grown English variety of the aphrodisiac from the UK’s asparagus heartland in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire, is going to be sold at Tesco.
Harry Jones Tesco asparagus buyer says, tongue-in-cheek, that the supermarket has always been known for its reputed passion-increasing qualities but this is the first time they have marketed it.
He said: "Our sales over the last few weeks leave us in no doubt that asparagus is fast gaining a new reputation as an aphrodisiac.”
Asparagus is a good source of vitamin A, zinc, B vitamins and potassium which may help to enhance circulation, and in turn help boost sex drive. Vitamin E is also needed for the production of sex hormones, which contribute to a healthy sex life and increased sex drive.