Part Two: From the Amazon to Copacabana
Brazil is known for being a sexy place. From Copacabana to the sensual beaches of Bahia, it’s difficult to escape the sensuality of its people and landscape. What’s more, Brazil is blessed with the abundance of nature, from its many different ecosystems to the numerous varieties of fruits and nuts that grow wild, throughout the countryside. Avocados and mangos are so abundant, you can find them growing in public spaces just about anywhere in the countryside and even in some cities. Both of these, by the way, are considered to be aphrodisiacs—the avocado mostly for male potency and the mango for stimulating desire in both sexes. With all this natural stimulation available for the taking, it’s no wonder that Brazil’s sensuality exudes in its people, its music and its culture.
More on Cacao
Last month, I only touched on the power and potency of Cocoa as a sexual stimulant and energy tonic. This month, I’ll talk a bit more background on the matter. It all starts with the Cacao tree (known in Brazil as Cacau), which is believed to have originated in the Central Amazon Region, where conditions are perfect for the species. It prefers a tropical climate with little variation in temperature. It also grows in the shade of other, larger trees and takes years to produce its luscious fruit. It was brought to the west side of the Andes by the Mayans, who were not only among the first to recognize its powerful qualities, but also became the first culture to cultivate it. They used ground Cacao seed in a bitter drink known as Chocolatl, which they said gave wisdom and power to those who drank it. Later, the Spanish brought the Cacao plant to Africa and Malasia, where they grew and cultivated it, producing enough chocolate powder for the rich and powerful throughout Europe to enjoy. They maintained their monopoly on its distribution in Europe for almost two centuries.
In Brazil, Cocoa was mostly cultivated in Bahia, where plantations exist to this day. As with many other fruits, it’s the seeds of the Cocoa fruit that are most treasured. The seeds are dried and ground into a fine powder that is hot like pepper and quite bitter. The best way to take cocoa powder for sexual stimulation is to mix the pure, powder in drinks. Here are a couple of recipes:
Blend a ripe banana, a pinch of Guaraná powder, a pinch of powdered cinnamon, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a half cup of ground peanuts, and a cup of milk for at least thirty seconds. This makes enough for two to enjoy themselves for a night. If desired, you can add a teaspoon of sugar, although sugar is thought to diminish the natural affects of the Cocoa. If you can find a chunk of Catuaba bark, try this stimulating tea: Bring a few cups of water to a boil, then remove it from the heat and add the Catuaba bark. Let it sit for thirty minutes, then remove the bark and mix in a teaspoon of Cocoa powder, two tablespoons of honey, and a pinch of Guaraná powder. Bottom’s up!
Noz de Cola
Noz de Cola is more commonly known in English as the Cola Nut and it’s what cola soft drinks are made of. It’s rich in caffeine and is known for its energy-producing qualities. Like many herbal aphrodisiacs, Noz de Cola is also known to be a general stimulant for the immune system. It increases blood circulation and sensitivity in the sexual organs. In its pure form, which is a powder made from the dried seeds, it can be used by itself as an effective sexual stimulant, although it is best when mixed with Catuaba, Marapuama, or other herbs.
Traditional wisdom in the world of Aphrodisiacs tells us that we desire what we eat. More specifically, it is believed that fruits that remind us of sexual organs will engender lust and desire in us. This may come from a visual stimulation, such as with the banana or peach; or it may derive from a textural sensation, as with the mango or papaya. No doubt there are some psychological connections involved as well. Watching your lover suck the inside of a mango or unsheathe a glorious banana in anticipation of consuming it…well, such visual stimulation is all part of the phallic food game. Try dangling a bright red strawberry over your lover’s beckoning mouth and see if you don’t feel your pulse rise just a bit.
On a more symbolic level, consider that fruit is the very sexual and reproductive organ of the plant that bears it. It is a tease and a temptation to the animals of the forest—a trick if you will, to spread the seeds of life. Fruit is made to be irresistible and stimulate desire…so much energy in such a little act of nature. It’s almost like…well…sex itself.
In Brazil, there are a number of foods that are associated with virility and most of them come from virile animals, like the alligator and the Piranha. In most cases, these meats are used in soups and often eaten as the main course in a meal. That’s not by chance. As we’ve seen with many aphrodisiacs, combining them with other ingredients or other aphrodisiacs is a way of activating or enhancing their special powers. There is no better way to combine potent herbs and spices than in a hearty soup. Throughout the Amazon and Southwestern region of Brazil, the mighty Piranha is idealized as a symbol of sexuality and power and Piranha soup is a traditional male potency meal. A typical recipe looks something like this:
1 entire Piranha, with head
1 teaspoon of white pepper
1 teaspoon of
1 cup chopped celantro
2 chopped tomatoes
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 cups chopped mushrooms
2 quarts of water
Sauté the garlic and onion in oil until browned, then add all other ingredients except for mushrooms. Let this simmer for ½ hour then add the mushrooms. Simmer another ten minutes and serve.
Another soup of sexual proportions is the traditional bone marrow soup, known as Mocotó in Brazil. Ranch hands in the Southwestern Region of Brazil use it to supplement their diets, claiming that it gives them harder erections and makes them perform better in bed. Finally, the meat from the tail of an alligator, animals abundant in the Amazon and Pantanal regions, is combined in recipes like the above to enhance both male and female arousal.
Out of the Amazon, Onto the Beach
Any discussion of Brazilian aphrodisiacs would not be complete without some mention of the sensuality of the Brazilian people. The mixture of Brazil’s three principal ethnic groups: Portuguese, African, and Native Amerindian has resulted in a beautiful diversity of races. Nowhere can you observe this diversity with more pleasure and admiration than on the many beaches along Brazil’s extensive coastline. One of the elements that makes Brazilian beaches some of the sexiest in the world is a general lack of inhibition among those who go.
Ironically, while Brazilians are not particularly fond of nude beaches (given the length of Brazil’s coastline, there are amazingly few nude beaches in the country), they are quite fond of wearing the sexiest (and often most revealing) of swimwear. There is definitely an expectation of seeing and being seen on the beach and every type of body, color of skin, and size of bathing suit is welcome and accepted. And there’s nothing like being seen, accepted and admired to make you want to share your beach blanket with another.
Herbal Aphrodisiacs, Part 1