Is okra an aphrodisiac?


Photobucket“Did you know okra is an aphrodisiac?,” my friend asked over lunch. All of us at the table went, “No way!” It was the first time I heard about it. Okra? One of the most-hated vegetables, is an aphrodisiac? Interesting. Here are some of my theories why okra is a vegetable of hot lovin’:

1. It’s sticky and slimy. Maybe that texture makes it appealing in a sexual way. Maybe.
2. Its long, slim shape. Two things here: it either resembles a penis or fingers (it’s called “lady fingers” in English, right?). So maybe that resemblance to those, well, erogenous zones could be the reason.

And then, there’s the fact that okra is “rich in Magnesium, is a natural relaxant and contains Iron, Folates, Zinc and Vitamin B, all food for the sexual glands.” (source)

It’s also said that okra is most potent as an aphrodisiac when prepared (steamed or blanched) and served with lemon juice. So maybe instead of chocolate and oysters, you and your partner can have a sexy dinner of steamed okra. Give that much-hated vegetable some attention!

As I said, those are my theories. They have yet to be proven. Ha! Stories would help. Have you heard of this before? Is it true? Enlighten us!

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22 Comments on Is okra an aphrodisiac?

  1. lady cess
    April 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm (16 years ago)

    unbelievable! i hope that’s true. widely available and way cheaper than viagra!

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    Viagra you can grow in your own backyard!

    • jap
      October 21, 2013 at 2:20 am (11 years ago)

      tested and proven. better than viagra. don’t overcook coz it will be too slimy not good taste. 3 minutes only and blanched in ice cold water. then a little lemon juice and fish sauce.

  2. Sidney
    April 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm (16 years ago)

    I don’t like that vegetable… instead of turning me on it would turn me off! 😉

    Hahaha!!! 😀

  3. blue rose
    April 25, 2008 at 1:58 pm (16 years ago)

    actually, masarap yang steamed okra isawsaw sa tuyo na may kalamansi.
    but it does not turn me on naman.

    blue rose’s last blog post..Unity Cup Sportsfest 2008

    Blue rose, maybe the effects are felt when you eat it with someone else! Haha!

  4. caryn
    April 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm (16 years ago)

    whaaat? hahaha!

    i remember hearing on the radio once that okra was beneficial for those giving birth. pero it was one of those radio dramas so i wouldn’t give any credence to it. but an aphrodisiac? wag sana. i hate okras. hahaha!

    caryn’s last blog post..around my school

    Stick to chocolate and oysters nalang then heehee.

  5. cbs
    April 25, 2008 at 8:21 pm (16 years ago)

    mahilig ako sa okra. nakow, kaya naman pala!

    anyway, okra is used in some popular southern staple (meaning, in southern united states). here’s one that’s basic: boil them okras, then add tomatoes and onions, garlic and ginger. yummm, nagsasabaw-sabaw.

    cbs’s last blog post..C ON SENOR C

    Kaya ba? Hehehe. Kayo ha!

  6. odette
    April 25, 2008 at 8:54 pm (16 years ago)

    toni, you better ask gracey, i heard that first from her!! hehe

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    Ganon ba? Share pa more info! 😀

  7. Ruy
    April 25, 2008 at 9:48 pm (16 years ago)

    Hmmm, what an interesting bit of info. I’d better start coming up with different recipes for this vegetable ASAP.

    Ruy’s last blog post..Isabela’s Ramos Cafe

    Haha! Then share them with us!

  8. abby
    April 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm (16 years ago)

    hahaa, natawa ako sa comment ni Ruy^^ 😀

    in fairness sa Okra, hehe, favorite ko yan talaga. i love it steamed with bagoong isda and calamansi. also saw this in some fast food menus, fried okra with some sort of breading, but i have yet to try it.

    Ako rin! I love okra! I get why people ate it too, all the slime and stuff. But it tastes so gooood! 😀

  9. J. Flores
    April 25, 2008 at 10:58 pm (16 years ago)

    Oh lordy. I hate hate hate okra. The slime factor grosses me out! My mom usually just sets the okra on top of the rice in the rice cooker once it’s cooked, so it steams and is ready by the time dinner is served. Just thinking of it now give me the heebiejeebies. As for an aphrodisiac, pwede bang maligo na lang ako at mag-perfume? Ahaha.

    J. Flores’s last blog post..Eyes On Dale (Top Chef Season 4)

    Great idea that steaming on the rice one. Thanks Jay. 😀

    At oo perfume nalang, sige. Hehehe.

  10. cbs
    April 26, 2008 at 4:43 am (16 years ago)

    parang bumaligtad sikmura ko dun sa ginataan okra ni mari…but then, I am just too curious not to try it.

    cbs’s last blog post..LOOKING BACK: ON WRITING SEX

    Para namang masarap eh. 😀

  11. Gracey
    April 26, 2008 at 10:12 pm (16 years ago)

    I heard something different from my cousin who is a med-tech. She said it increases fertility. A friend of hers was having trouble conceiving. They’ve been trying for over a year. They led a bit of a stressful life so the doctor advised them to exercise regularly and eat okra. The couple ate it everyday, the guy especially and after a month or two, they got pregnant. I forgot her scientific explanation but that’s what she told me, and it worked, apparently.

    Really? Maybe it is an aphrodisiac. Haha! Kidding. Truly, there’s Zinc in okra so it helps in stimulating the loins I suppose. Coupled with exercise, that sounds like a good fertility plan. Interesting!

  12. Rach (Heart of Rachel)
    April 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm (16 years ago)

    Really? How interesting!

    I love eating okra. :) I can have a meal with just steamed okra and rice.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)’s last blog post..Weekend Snapshot #25

    Something new ‘no! :)

  13. Natasha French
    March 2, 2009 at 7:14 am (15 years ago)

    Hello, about aphrodisiacs browsing internet to find data on this subject that I found very interesting, share it with you because I think it is good to have more information about this topic, greetings!

    Here is a list of aphrodisiacs that you may or may not have heard of somewhere:

    1. Chocolate : What is an Aphrodisiac? Chocolate is! the romantics identify chocolate as an aphrodisiac, and the reputed aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are frequently associated with the simple sensual pleasure of consuming it. However, there are chemicals found in chocolate such as phenethylamine that can act as mild sexual stimulants.

    2. Oysters are often used as aphrodisiacs and according to a research team they are rich in rare aminoacids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.

    3. Potatoes: in the past potatoes started to get reputation to be a powerful aphrodisiac, while herbalists insisted in the fact that potatoes could cure everything from diarrhea to tuberculosis and people in Shakespeare’s time viewed the potatoes as part of the list of aphrodisiacs and then labeled them “Apples of Love” and inclusive fruits.

    4. Rhinoceros Horn: a few tribes in the north of India are practically the only people who started using rhinoceros horns as part of the list of aphrodisiacs, as it is said to make men sexually unstoppable.

    5. Plants and fruits: some plants and fruits have the correct convination of components to be a perfect aphrodisiac.

    Medical science has not verified claims that any particular food from the list of aphrodisiacs increases sexual desire or performance. After know what is an aphrodisiac you should know that there is an aphrodisiac drug called Bremelanotide that seems to be the first real aphrodisiac, acording to medical investigations. The effects of this new aphrodisiac drug has proven to stimulate sexual desire in men and women, and clinical trials are currently doing tests for this new aphrodisiac drug to be used for the treatment of sexual arousal disorder and erectile dysfunction as well.

    My doctor said it is better to just take this great aphrodisiac drug called Bremelanotide in order for both men and women to improve their sexual experiences and performance, so you can just do the same and have piece of mind about it. As I previously said, some people did not know what is an aphrodisiac and know they do, which is great, and after being able to find out what is an aphrodisiac now you can start using this information for your sexual life!

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    Thank you for all those rich information!

  14. what is an aphrodisiac
    March 24, 2009 at 6:57 am (15 years ago)

    Very good site, excellent content, I will recommend to my group of readers in the university, I found very interesting article on the internet, including this … Knowing What is an Aphrodisiac is important; we all have probably heard a lot of things about aphrodisiacs, or even used them before having sex with someone.

  15. Dennis
    October 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm (15 years ago)

    Indeed, okra is my favorite vegetable. Pag may girlfriend o asawa na’ko, kahit nilagang okra ang lagi niyang iluto para sa’kin araw-araw, masayang-masaya nako! Lalo pa kung… iba-ibang luto sa okra ang gagawin niya! ;D

  16. George
    November 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm (15 years ago)

    Interesting posts you have here … I can see that you put a lot of hard work on your blog. I’m sure I’d visit here more often.
    from aphrodisiac.

  17. Ronke
    January 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Dice, grate, or blend okra – about 10. Cook in one cup water. Drain and massage genital area with the water. Instant Viagra! It is a great lubricant as well especially for menopausal women. It is safe too. Better than using progesterone cream that may cause cancer. Keep the rest in the fridge.

  18. Izuchukwu
    March 7, 2020 at 11:50 pm (4 years ago)

    just got know about this information this week. it really is interesting how this so much overlooked vegetable could turn out to be an aphrodisiac.
    Been looking for a project topic on rabbit semen characteristics. guess what?


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