Period blood. Most of us are glad to be rid of it when Aunt Flo comes to town, disposing of it along with tampons and pads or those cup things some of you are into shoving up your vajayjays to gather your blood.
It turns out that there are people out there who enjoy cooking with it.
But unlike the women who, say, cook up their own placentas and enjoy it with some fava beans and a nice chianti, the menstrual masterchefs are all about sneaking it into the food of unsuspecting menfolk for alleged magical purposes.
In some cultures such as the African-American hoodoo culture, and in Sicilian folk magic, it’s believed that serving menstrual blood to a man will capture his sexual attention. You don’t need any spells to go along with it – supposedly the woman’s scent is added to the man’s consciousness and he’ll either become obsessed with her, commit to her or never stray, depending on what the owner of the period blood is trying to achieve.
The way it works, if it works at all, can be explained in part by science – it all has to do with pheromones.
Men in these cultures are often warned not to accept brown or red drinks or foods with brown or red sauces from unmarried women because some menses-related witchcraft might be afoot.
Now if you’ve stopped dry-retching enough to raise a skeptical eyebrow and call BS on this tale of mine, our old friend Google would indicate otherwise. There are forums and webpages discussing this unusual ingredient.
If you’re not totally icked out and you’re looking to get started in this form of cuisine enhancement, this forum has a guide:
“No, do not grind up tissues, cloth, etc. It is the menses only you wish to get into the food.
Yes, many people use a tampon (kinda like a tea bag) and cook it with, for instance, a pot of beans, then pull it out.
To collect menses for immediate use or to dry or freeze for later use, you may use your fingers.”