You may add it to your salads and
burgers, but this simple green veggie had a much more important use in ancient
An Egyptologist from the American
University of Cairo claims that lettuce was actually a phallic symbol in the
ancient Egypt, and was the favorite food of the Egyptian god of fertility.
Turns out, it was this simple veggie that earned him a reputation as an
Salima Ikram, the Egyptologist,
claims that lettuces can be seen drawn on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs
dating back to as long as 2,000 BC. What's more, apparently, Min, the Egyptian
god of fertility, was known to have lettuce as his favorite food.
Min, often described in ancient
paintings with an erect penis, may have used lettuce as an aphrodisiac, Ikram
"One of the reasons why [the
Egyptians] associated the lettuce with Min was because it grows straight and
tallóan obvious phallic symbol," Ikram explains.
Even today, modern Egyptians use lettuce as a home remedy to accelerate hair
growth. The Greeks and the Romans too, made use of this vegetable to help
induce sleep in people.
Thanks to this new revelation, the aphrodisiac
properties of lettuce may now be used in different medicines, or may prove to
be an effective home remedy for many reproductive problems.