Legend has it that Giacomo Casanova, the 18th century Italian womaniser, ate 50 oysters for breakfast every single day in order to boost his sex drive. Yes, I know what you are all thinking: “Didn’t the queasiness that must inevitably come from eating 50 oysters in a row, get in the way of lovemaking”? Well, apparently not, if the memoirs dedicated to his many romantic shenanigans are to be believed. Even in his time, the bivalve molluscs he repeatedly indulged in were deemed to be the key to his many successes with the opposite sex. So were oysters genuinely affecting his libido, or was it all a matter of autosuggestion?
Many of us like to believe food makes us frisky, even if our own intimate lives are far more low-key than Casanova’s operatic affaires. It’s easy to see why. Some of the foods we give aphrodisiac attributes to are living sensual metaphors, phallic or otherwise – without being too graphic, we’re referring to bananas, asparagus, figs or the aforementioned oysters (use your imagination).
With that in mind, it’s only natural that one should see a clam and instantly be in the mood for love, isn't it?