x0x LEGENDARY APHRODISIAC DRAWS MOBS OF TURKISH LOVERS
> Forwarded by Vic "Fatih" McDonald
April 26, 1999
MANISA, Turkey (CNN) -- Hoping a centuries-old secret recipe will
inject new romance into their lives, more than 14,000 people flocked to
the western Turkish town of Manisa this week to grab a piece of a
Local authorities planned to throw hundreds of kilograms of a
mysterious paste, known as Mesur Macunu, from the top of the Sultan
mosque in Manisa's main square.
The paste, made up of 41 different spices, has gained the reputation of
being the strongest aphrodisiac in the country, due to its energizing
It was said to have been invented in 1540 by a prominent medicine man
of the Ottoman Empire, Musluhittin Ephendi, who devised the formula to
save the life of the terminally ill mother of Sultan Suleyman the
The recipe has been secretly transferred from generation to generation
among the town's ruling class, known only to the top municipal
authorities and officially appointed makers.
Every year since Mesur ["mesir" is the correct spelling, editor]
Macunu's creation, the town of Manisa has thrown a special festival to
distribute the elixir to the masses.
This year's celebration, the 459th festival, was marked by the
announcement that the formula has been officially approved by the
Turkish Pharmaceutical Standards Institute.
Manisa authorities said almost 40 tons of the paste would be produced
this year, with a quarter of it exported to European countries.