Contrary to popular opinion, aphrodisiacs are not limited to just oysters. We've rounded up ten of the most sexy, sensual and romance inspiring foods out there.
The next time you're cooking up a romantic meal or looking to stir the, ahem, heart strings of your honey out at dinner, look for recipes or dishes featuring these ingredients in a big way.
What makes a food an aphrodisiac?
Aphrodisiacs date back to ancient times when reproduction was important for both moral and religious reasons. They were sought after those looking to increase libido and fertility, as well as to reduce fear of sexual inadequacy.
In addition to these biological factors, aphrodisiacs also derive from the Greek love goddess Aphrodite and the values she is said to have held in nature.
Aphrodisiac foods can help you celebrate:
- Valentine's Day
- an anniversary
- starting a new family
Avocados are found on trees in nature and, well, they have a striking resemblance to a scrotum. Apart from it's phallic look on trees, avocados also possess a sensuous texture.
Get it on the menu: Avocado Tartare
Known to boost both mind and body with it's aromatic aroma and sweet taste, you may not also know basil stimulates sex drive and increases fertility.
Get it on the menu: Pesto Flat Breads
Bet you knew this one made it on the list! A well-known aphrodisiac, chocolate isn't on here just because it contains phenylethylamine, but also because it's luscious and can be enjoyed so many ways.
We've all jested over the shape of a banana at least once or twice in our lives! In fact, some of us learned a bit of sex ed with them. In addition to their phallic shape, bananas are rich in vitamin B and potassium, two nutrients necessary for sex hormone production.
Get it on the menu: BBQ Grilled Banana Dessert
Ever wonder why "honey" is used as a term of endearment? Sweet, warm and literally created by bees going from flower to flower fertilizing blooms, it's one sexy food.
Get in on the menu: Honey Teriyaki Glazed Pork Chops
We all know wine will relax us and release inhibitions, but sipping it properly opens one up to a whole sensory experience. Brush up on how to taste wine, then pour a glass.
Get it on the menu: Learn how to sip wine properly.
Strawberries and Raspberries
Berries are light, juicy and fresh, not to mention finger-feeding friendly. Pop fresh strawberries and raspberries, in particular, into your lover's mouth.
Get it on the menu: Chocolate Covered Strawberries (doubly good!)
Garlic has a very unique flavor - sweet, yet spicy - and it's said that flavor stirs up sexual desire. Though it may give you bad breath later on, it's sure to light your fire sooner.
Get it on the menu: Spiced Garlic Spinach Salad
It may be another phallic looking food, but asparagus also has an earthiness to it that reminds one of spring - and the birds and bees. They're also fun to eat with a partner.
Get it on the menu: Asparagus Prosciutto Appetizer
One of the most ancient aphrodisiacs, almonds have an intoxicating aroma and their blossoms are said to arouse passion. They're a popular wedding favor, chocolate pairing and romantic treat to share for a reason!
Get it on the menu: Dark Chocolate & Almond Hearts Candy