Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite was said to have been born along the coast of Cythera out of the foam. Although married to Hephaestus, Aphrodite had romances with Olympians and mortals alike, namely Ares — God of War, Anchises, and Adonis. Representing the most perfect and unattainable female form, Aphrodite remains today as one of the ultimate symbols of feminine beauty.
But unbeknown to many, Aphrodite was also instrumental in commerce, warfare, and politics of ancient Greek cities. Additionally, she is often worshipped as the protector of sea travelers. She is often linked with Venus (coincidentally the name of her Roman counterpart), which is just one more association to sea travelers as it is the brightest planet and thus, often a navigational aid.
Interestingly enough, there are a number of foods associated with Aphrodite, of which supposedly stir up attraction and powers of seduction. Asparagus, dark chocolate, honey, figs, and raw oysters have all be linked to Aphrodite as being her favorite foods. If the route to someone’s heart is said to be through their stomach, try preparing dishes with some Aphrodite’s favorite ingredients!