Said to be Cleopatra's favorite food, figs are sweet purple fruits that are sexy in both appearance and texture.

For obvious reasons, they've been a synonym in erotic literature for female sexual organs. One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, D. H. Lawrence, even wrote a poem entitled "Figs" about the "fruit of the female mystery." To the ancient Greeks, they were "more precious than gold" and many cultures still see them as symbols of fertility.

Perhaps the appearance of the fruit alone serves as an aphrodisiac, but figs also contain magnesium, a mineral needed to produce sex hormones.