Aphrodesiac Foods For thousands of years there has been a distinction between foods that increase fertility and those that increase sex drive. Nutrition was always a factor when food was scarce. Often foods that represent sexual qualities were embrace. For instance, bulbs, eggs, snails” were considered inherently to have sexual powers. Others were considered stimulating by their mere “physical resemblance to genitalia”. The ancient list includes: carrot, salvia, Anise, basil, gladiolus root, orchid bulbs, pistachio nuts, rocket (arugula), turnips, skink flesh (a type of lizard), sage, sea fennel, and river snails. The ancients suggested you steer clear of dill, lentil, lettuce, watercress, rue, and water lily.