We all love food, not because it fills our bodies, but because it stimulates our taste buds and gives us a rush of dopamine that makes us dance with joy. No wonder it’s considered one of the best ways to get someone closer to you.
But food has also served medicinal purposes throughout history. It has been used to cure ailments, is even considered a miracle of God in some parts of the world, and was worshiped by the earliest civilizations.
Here are some of the most common foods we use today that were once believed to have magic that could raise the dead, ward off evil, and heal the human soul.
Artichokes are best known for their creamy texture, which works well in cheese sauces and dips. However, this vegetable was once highly respected for its powerful medicinal properties. According to Greek mythology, Zeus once met a beautiful girl on his way to see his brother Poseidon. He decided to take the girl with him to Olympus and make her a goddess. Her luck was short-lived and one day Zeus caught her sneaking out of the palace to see her mother. He got mad and turned her into an artichoke. Since then, the Romans have used this vegetable to treat many ailments.
Onions are more than just a flavorful herb used in soups and sauces. There is plenty of evidence in European and American history to prove that onions were considered a magical food in the early ages. This herb was first introduced in Europe in 13 BCth century after a traveler brought it with him from China. Since then, it has become a tradition to hang onions on doors to ward off evil spirits. In another controversial story, onions were first discovered by the ancient Romans, who often used them in cooking to boost immunity and strength.
A cold cucumber salad sounds so refreshing in the summer heat. But your favorite low-calorie snack has an interesting history. Surprisingly, the “English” cucumber was first discovered in India many centuries ago, where it served a rather unexpected purpose. According to some stories, the fruit was used to promote fertility, and women used to make necklaces out of it and wear it around their necks before giving birth.
We use onions in almost everything from soups to stir-fries to curries, but there’s more to this vegetable than the ability to make us cry. The onion was actually used in various ancient Egyptian artifacts and was even considered an object of worship because of its unique shape and layers. Vegetables were painted on slabs, pyramids, and other types of religious monuments, indicating their sanctity. Some historical accounts reveal earlier Egyptian beliefs that onions can become immortal because of their concentric layers.
As the old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” or so they say. The truth is that eating an apple can give you fiber, vitamin C and other important nutrients, but we doubt it will cure all ailments. But that’s not the story that appears in Greek mythology.
According to centuries-old folklore, apples were believed to be the secret of eternal youth. And in some cultures it has even been bestowed as a sign of love and peace. The apple was also popular in Italian culture, where men gave apples as gifts to show their love for women. If a man gave an apple to a woman and she accepted it, it meant that she agreed to be his wife.
Most of us can’t even imagine watching a movie without a bucket of popcorn, but back in the day, corn was considered more than just a food source. Growing and harvesting these vegetables was considered a sacred process that represented the cycle of human life. It The Aztecs worshiped corn and prayed profusely throughout the revival of the harvest. The harvesting of the summer’s first crops was even celebrated with a huge celebration where men and women danced, ate and made merry.