And speaking of hearts–where does that shape come from? The red heart that we’ve come to associate with love doesn’t look much like a human heart, unless you squint at it the right way. Like Valentine’s Day, there are several stories behind why hearts are shaped… like that. The back wings of a dove–a bird sacred to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love–form a heart when they’re folded together.
Another origin of the heart shape comes from the ancient North African city of Cyrene. Coins from Cyrene bear the image of a silphium seed, which is heart-shaped. Silphium is an extinct species of fennel, but it must have been an important plant if people put the image on their money–and it was. Silphium supposedly cured warts, fever, leprosy, and indigestion. Pass the chocolate!
Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥