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10 Aphrodisiac Foods

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by lapinrose, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

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    Part of the lily family, asparagus
    has more going for it than its erotic shape. Packed with vitamins, it&rsquo;s
    delicious when steamed and treated to lashings of melted butter &ndash; no
    cutlery needed for this dishy number...

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    The Aztecs are rumoured to be one of the first people to think of avocados
    as a love potion. It didn&rsquo;t take long for the Spanish to catch-on that
    this fruity treat had a lot going for it. So widespread was its
    reputation, that for a time, Catholic priests banned their parishioners
    from eating this popular fruit.

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    Best enjoyed, with a stiff shot of vodka, caviar&rsquo;s
    a luxury choice for indulging your partner. Besides being rich in
    vitamins and minerals, it&rsquo;s also a stimulant and a taster of good things

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    Perhaps the best known aphrodisiac of all-time, nothing beats the sensual appeal of Champagne.
    Perhaps it&rsquo;s the bubbles, the fresh flavour, or maybe the price that
    makes us flip. One thing&rsquo;s for sure - no Valentine&rsquo;s Day celebration
    would be complete without it.

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    Even scientists agree that chocolate
    comes up trumps when it comes to feel good factors. So powerful is its
    magnetic draw that a few monasteries banned it for being too much of a
    stimulant food.

    Even the aroma of chocolate,
    especially when melted, is enough to trigger a build-up of hormones &ndash;
    all good news for those of us on the look for lust and love.

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    In Mexico, chilli-munching competitions are a much-celebrated event, which calls for displays of fiery macho-strength.

    Besides being a good source of vitamin C, red and green chillies help stimulate blood circulation and can even induce a heady high - don&rsquo;t over do it though or all you&rsquo;ll get is a tummy ache!

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    One of the fruitiest of fruits, figs have long been associated with erotica, and are said to be a potent sexual stimulant.

    In southern Europe, figs
    are often thrown at newly married couples as a token of well-being and
    fertility. Cleopatra couldn&rsquo;t keep her hands off this sensuous fruit -
    and her love life was pretty dramatic!

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    Associated with love potions, the Egyptians believed that honey
    could cure barrenness and impotence. In England, during medieval times,
    newly married couples would share a cup of mead in the hope that their
    marriage would be a long and sweet one.

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    Rumour has it that Casanova, perhaps the world&rsquo;s best known lover, used to eat 50 raw oysters every day &ndash; his secret to securing a passionate love life.

    are also remarkably low in fat and packed with healthy vitamins.
    Happily, you don&rsquo;t need to knock back 50 to get desired results &hellip;

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    Strawberries and raspberries are the final word in sparkling style. Great on their own, they're especially lush when combined with Champagne or chocolate.

    It&rsquo;s just a shame that they&rsquo;re not at their best until summertime. All the more to look forward to in a few months time.

    Make your Valentine&rsquo;s Day feast last right through the year and have
    something seasonal, something stylish, and something sexy for every
    month of the year.

  2. I'll go along with that bar the oysters and chillies. If scallops aren't considered an aphrodisiac then they ought to be........(wink)
  3. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    There's nothing there I disagree with.
    I was born to "geriatric" parents - my Mum swears blind that the only reason I was concieved after years of fertility treatments that failed was that she ate copious amounts of honey everyday.
  4. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Would agree with those and add a couple:
    Red meat, but only when cooked well. As opposed to well-cooked, which is about as sexy as eating a bicycle tyre.

    I have no historical or scientific info to add to those, merely based on instinct!
  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Happy with all 10!
  6. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2011/feb/11/aphrodisiacs-food-of-love

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