Ah, nuts!

Photo courtesy of Reed M. Wiedower

Here’s a little plant porn gem: a story of Prince William and Kate Middleton receiving a giant Seychelles Nut from the island’s foreign minister to spice up their honeymoon.* (A little forward for a Royal gift, no? Ballsy!)

According to AOL Travel (bouncing off the Australian AP), this rare nut is “famous for looking like a lady’s nether regions and being a strong aphrodisiac.” Also called Coco-de-mer (ooh la la), it became famous among 19th Century British sailors,** who got all worked up when they saw it bobbing in Seychelles waters. Story says General Gordon declared the nut’s native habitat the Garden of Eden and the nut the fruit of knowledge.

Fruit of the Loom maybe…

Interesting side note from wiki land: one of the plant’s archaic botanical names is Lodoicea callipyge, in which callipyge comes from Greek words meaning “beautiful rump.”

Lucky the future king and queen of England didn’t have to go through customs like commoners; this sexy coconut would be an interesting souvenir to claim!

* Big thanks to my eagle-eyed husband for spotting this on HuffPost. The plant porn community is strong and growing! I welcome all pics and good stories!

*Resisting raunchy “seamen” jokes. You’re welcome.


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Paysha Rhone is a wife, mother, former-journalist-turned-PR-maven and bad mamajama killing plants in the Victorian splendor of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
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