A growing number of Free State women are queing up at local traders’ stalls to get their fix of a dried fruit, which they say has turned their sex lives around for the better.
The women swear that the fruit – usually a dried, preserved sour plum – is a must-have sexual aid as they claim tightens their vaginas.
Often called “lengangajane” or “punani fruit” in the Free State, the fruit can also be found in Chinese supermarkets where packets of the fruits list ingredients as plums, sugar, ascorbic acid, salt and flavouring.
In China, the fruit is a traditional snack and is allegedly used by some as an old remedy for motion sickness and nausea.
Driven by the popularity of the fruit, some street vendors in Bethlehem are making their own.
Mannuku Moloi is a street vendor in Bethlehem, Free State about about 90 km west of Harrismith. When Moloi saw how well the fruit was selling in Qwaqwa about 80 kms away, Moloi began making her own.
“We use peaches, bananas and apples and dry them by the sun to turn them into dry fruits and sprinkle them with our own ‘muti,’ Moloi told OurHealth. “You just eat it then drink lots of water it will then do its job by making your vagina tight and it also helps with discharge.”
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Nthabiseng Mofokeng lives in Qwaqwa regularly buys packets of the fruit.
“I eat it every night and it helps a lot for me when having sex with with my husband,” said Mofokeng, who added she also claims the fruit has had additional benefits in the bedroom. “In the past, my husband would complain about my vagina being dry and would not enjoy sleeping with me.”
“Now, we both enjoy,” she added.
Melita Mnguni said she is also an avid believer in the fruit.
“Believe in me, it does work,” she said. “My husband was so glued to me and he didn’t want to leave me and we slept (together) the whole day.”
“That’s when I was convinced that it does really work,” she told OurHealth.
But Bethlehem gynaecologist Dr Solomon Speachot said no amount of fruit or muti is going to change a woman’s vagina. According to Speachot, the vagina is a lot like an elastic, stretching and contracting but resuming its normal size and shape after sex.
“No muti can make help with tightening the vagina because it will always go back to it natural form,” Speachot said.
Having sex with many sexual partners also doesn’t change the size or shape of your vagina.
Better sex doesn’t always start between the sheets
Cape Town sexologist and psychologist Marelize Swart says that punani fruit is just another money-making gimmick feeding off women’s desires for not only a better sex life but also perhaps to confirm to unrealistic notions about sex propagated by the increased availability of porn.
“I have clients just beg me for a pill or anything that will improve their sex lives,” Swart said.
While some clients may be battling a medical condition like erectile dysfunction, some clients are hoping to pop a pill to cure the cause of a lot of bad sex – a lack of emotional intimacy, Swart said.
Meanwhile, many women and men may feel increasingly self-conscious about not sexual performance and anatomy in an age where porn is more readily available.
“A lot of insecurities come from male comments and, with so much porn available, reality has been distorted for some,” Swart cautions. “If a woman had to go to any doctor and ask about the size of her vagina they would probably tell her it is just fine.” – Health-e News.