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Food for Love – Best Aphrodisiac Foods

By Carolin 

 

Can food make us feel sexier? Can it even make us perform better?

has the reputation of increasing sex drive. You’ll be surprised to see how many regular foods that are natural aphrodisiacs.  First a list of the best foods and then a love menu that can’t go wrong.

 

Alcohol: lowers inhibitions and increases confidence. They say that the actual drinking of wine can be an erotic experience. And Champagne is considered the The “drink of love” . However, too  much alcohol will make you drowsy.

Almond: Almond has, throughout the ages, been a symbol of fertility. Some believe that its aroma stimulates passion in a female.

Aniseed: The Greeks and Romans believed that aniseed had sexual powers. Some people believe that sucking on the seeds will increase your .

Arugula: the aromatic salad green. Also known as rocket has been documented as an aphrodisiac food as far back as the first century A.D. Arugula is very popular in Italian food and often used in salads and pastas.

Asparagus: three courses of asparagus were served to 19th century bridegrooms due to its reputed aphrodisiac powers. Asparagus also contains vitamin E, which believed to stimulate sex hormones.

Banana: due not only to its shape, but also its creamy, lush texture. Some studies show that its enzyme bromelain enhances male performance.

Caviar: High in zinc, which stimulates the formation of testosterone.

Chili peppers: the chemical “Capsaicin” stimulates our nerve endings and raises our pulse. It is responsible for the “heat” in chili peppers. This aphrodisiac food is also thought to release endorphins, which give our bodies a natural high.

Chocolate: Chocolate contains both a sedative which relaxes and lowers inhibitions and a stimulant to increase activity and the desire for physical contact. It was actually banned from some monasteries centuries ago. More chocolate is sold on Valentines day than on any other day of the year.

• Exotic fruits: Sweet, soft and luxurious, exotic fruits have something very sexy about them.

Figs: seasonal crops were celebrated by ancient Greeks in a frenzied copulation ritual. Some say that a man opening a fig and eating it in front of his lover can be a powerful aphrodisiac.

Ginger: Ginger stimulates our circulatory system which can increase sexual powers and desire.

• Ginseng: Ginseng increases desire for physical contact.

Oysters: Oysters is the all time favorite aphrodisiac food. Some oysters change their sex from male to female and back, giving rise to claims that the oyster lets one experience the the masculine and feminine sides of love. Oysters are a rich source of zinc, a mineral needed for testosterone production. This male hormone is believed to increase the female libido as well. Oysters are high in protein and very nutritious.

Raspberries and strawberries: Perfect aphrodisiac foods to hand feed your lover. They are red, which is the color associated with love and passion, and are high in vitamin C.

Nutmeg: Chinese women believed that nutmeg was an aphrodisiac food and that it increased sexual desire.  Large quantities of nutmeg can produce a hallucinogenic effect.

Truffles: Maybe due to its rarity and musky aroma, truffles have long been considered to be an aphrodisiac.

Sweet basil: Some believe that sweet basil stimulates the sex drive and boosts fertility. It is also believed to create a sense of well being in our bodies and minds.

There are plenty of ingredients to use to create very special aphrodisiac date. Below is a special love menu that is bound to have success.

Aphrodisiac Menu for 2

Asian shrimp salad

300 g peeled shrimp
2 mangoes
2 avocados
0,5 minced red onion
1 lime
1 minced red pepper
2 msk  finely chopped chives
1 msk olive oil
salt

1. Chop mangoes and avocados. Carefully mix mangoes, avocados, onions and shrimp.

2. Squeeze lime over salad and add chili, chives and oil. Add salt to taste.

 

Oysters Au Naturel

12 fresh oysters
Lemon
Toast
Butter
Crushed Ice

1. Open the oysters:

Use an oyster knife with a hand guard, and insert the tip of the knife into the small hole at the hinge of the oyster shell. Wiggle the knife and push it all the way inside the shell to break the hinge. Angle the knife upwards as you push it in, so that you cut the abductor muscle which holds the oyster onto the top shell. Remove the top shell, keeping the bottom shell flat to conserve the oyster juices. Then cut the abductor muscle holding the oyster onto the bottom shell so that it is lying loose on the shell, ready for serving. Or simply have them opened  as you pick them up (not more than 6 hours in advance)

2. Serve  Oysters with lemon wedges, fresh toast and butter and perhaps a glas of champagne.

 

Chocolate Mousse

100 g high quality dark chocolate
5 g butter
2 egg yolks
25 g chopped, blanched almonds
2 msk cognac or Grand Marnier
2 dl whipped cream

1. Melt the chocolate over boiling water. Add butter and let cool some. Then add egg yolks one at the time.

2. Whip the cream. Carefully stir first almonds and Grand Marnie and last the whipped cream.

3. Let the mousse cool in the fridge for 1 our before serving.

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