Just as we thank the Romans for their contributions to society in the form of paved roads and calendars, we also thank them for creating the romantic strawberry myth. According to Grammic Products, the strawberry has long been considered a symbol of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, due to its alluring purple color and delicious sweet taste. The seeds of the berries themselves were even considered symbols of fertility. Strawberries were considered so divine and so beautiful, in fact, that even churches began to incorporate them into their designs, carving the fruits into elaborate pillars or altars as a symbol of perfection. Romance was so strongly associated with berries that an old legend claimed that if two people shared one, they would fall in love.
While it’s not a surefire guarantee that eating a strawberry with your crush will make you both fall in love, there is some evidence to show that strawberries may have some “romantic” properties. According to Freson of Palos, strawberries contain many antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, such as blood pumping vitamin C, which can help improve “performance”, so to speak. When combined with another popular aphrodisiac, like chocolate, strawberry becomes a very popular and very delicious treat for honeymooners, lovers and partners all over the world.