Magical food - Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)
A spring vegetable and a flowering perennial and we all know about the asparagus being an aphrodisiac and quite possibly because, let’s face it…this vegetable looks like a willy.
Eat asparagus when it is fresh and young as the older it gets the less tender and more woody it becomes. Stir fry, grill, steam it cooks very quickly and is nice dipped into poached eggs, hollandaise sauce or melted butter. Although the asparagus generally available is green you can also get white asparagus, it is the same plant but the growing technique uses soil to cover the plant as it grows so that it effectively blanches the colour creating white asparagus.
There is a downside to eating asparagus because bizarrely it does make your wee smell and it is quite a distinctive odour. The Victorian ladies could identify the smell and the husband would be accused of being unfaithful … knowing that asparagus had been eaten as an aphrodisiac and presumably they hadn’t been the ones receiving the benefits…
The ancient Greeks ate asparagus for cleansing and healing.
Asparagus Magical Properties:
Passion, sex, cleansing, healing
Ruling planet – Mars, Jupiter
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine (well it wouldn’t be anything else really would it?)
Taken from A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food by Rachel Patterson
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