Throughout history, humans have believed that eating certain foods are good for your love life. Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, aphrodisiacs are foods and drinks believed to have properties that put you in the mood.
When one thinks aphrodisiacs, oysters are often the first thing to spring to mind. Whether this is because of their sweet-and-salty pheromone-like smell or super-silky texture, oysters have been considered aphrodisiacs since the dawn of man. There are so many species to choose from, each with a unique texture and flavour. They’re great eaten raw, and the smaller ones tend to be younger and hence more tender.
It’s decadent, makes you happy and melts in your mouth…chocolate can’t help but be sexy. Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. It has a touch of earthiness that balances the luscious sweetness. Melt it into a fondue like in this month’s recipe section, turn it into a chocolate mousse or just let a piece dissolve on your tongue. What’s more, dark chocolate is super-high in antioxidants.
In the Middle Ages, women were forbidden to eat artichokes, due to its aphrodisiac qualities. Lucky for us, Catherine de Medici broke the artichoke’s gender barrier; she ate them regularly and fed them to the king. The sensual experience of eating an artichoke- stripping the leaves and scraping their flesh with your teeth- was probably not lost on Marilyn Monroe. Before earning the title of “ultimate sex goddess,” the starlet was crowned the first California Artichoke Queen in 1949. Good for your liver as well as your libido, artichokes are high in fiber and calcium.
Sharing a creamy avocado with your loved one may be just the thing to start any Valentine’s Day meal. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans honored the avocado tree, and thought it enhanced sexual desirability. It turns out that avocado is rich in vitamin E, which is nicknamed the sex vitamin because it aids in hormone production. Better yet, it is high in omega-3 fatty acids known to promote a healthy heart.
Perhaps it is because strawberries resemble little red hearts that they have always been associated with Venus, the Roman goddess of love. They contain lots of vitamin C, which improves circulation. Combine them with chocolate, champagne or chocolates, and love will be in the air — in fact, you may have some, then want some more.
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is said to have planted the first pomegranate tree whose fruit, because of its many seeds, is thought to symbolize fertility. It has also long been used as a symbol of romance in English literature. Pomegranates are filled with antioxidants which support blood flow. When its juice is drank daily, it increases testosterone levels which puts one in the mood. That’s bound to put a spark into your relationship!