The Awakening of Adonis ~ John William Waterhouse
A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day SEVEN
Are you ready for some romance in the form of food?
Below you will find a romantic recipe collection that I’ve compiled from my blog. These are just suggestions for serving each of the aphrodisiac foods. You will be able to click the links below each photo where I have included a recipe. I hope you have fun creating an aphrodisiac menu for you and your sweetie! Even better….cook some of these delicacies together….
- A food, drink, or drug that stimulates sexual desire.
- A thing that causes excitement.
~ ASPARAGUS ~
“Asparagus stirs up lust in man and woman”
~Nicolas Culpepper (19th Century French Herbalist)
grilled asparagus with fresh parmesan cheese
steamed asparagus with scrambled eggs, basil and sea salt
~ ALMONDS ~
Throughout history, the almond has been regarded as a fertility symbol.
The aroma is said to arouse passion in women…
~ AVOCADOS ~
chosen as an aphrodisiac food because of their shape and vitamin content
~ BANANAS ~
Bananas contain bromeliad which is said to enhance male libido
~ BASIL ~
Basil’s aroma is said to have a stimulating, aphrodisiac effect on men and women
Spicy Chilies contain capsaicin. This natural chemical increases circulation and stimulates nerve endings.
~ CHOCOLATE ~
Chocolate (Cacao) actually contains the “love chemical” PEA, and tryptophan which is necessary for serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin = well being and relaxation.
~ FIGS ~
The Greeks associate figs with love and fertility.
~ GARLIC ~
~ HONEY ~
Wonderfully tempting. In medieval times, people drank honey wine (mead), during a newlywed couple’s “honey month” or honeymoon. Here are some tempting recipes using this sticky-sweet, tempting aphrodisiac…
~ SEAFOOD ~
It’s common knowledge that oysters, clams and lobsters are considered aphrodisiacs, but other kinds of seafood can cause you to start thinking romantic thoughts too. Shrimp is one of my favorite romantic foods. Feed shrimp to your lover using your fingers…
~ STRAWBERRIES ~
Shaped like perfect little red hearts, strawberries are nature’s edible Valentines! Considered an aphrodisiac fruit since the times of ancient Rome, the pretty little red strawberry was the symbol of Venus, Roman goddess of love!
~ TRUFFLES ~ MUSHROOMS ~
Truffles are a legendary aphrodisiac of ancient Rome, and one of the most sought-after ingredients in the culinary world. Truffles are rare and wonderful! It is said that truffles’ musky scent is like the male pheromone, androstenone. Other mushrooms are considered aphrodisiacs too…for their musky, mysterious scent…
~ VANILLA ~
Vanilla is a mild nerve stimulant. Many believe that vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac: as early as the 1700s, physicians prescribed vanilla to their male patients to ensure potency.
Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!