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There’s No Aphrodisiac Like…

By Freya Ensbey.  

It’s that time of year again, the time to think about our nearest
and dearest and begin to plan something a little special and out of the
ordinary to let them know just how much we care. Why not step things up this
year and plan a romantic night of indulgence around our list of aphrodisiacs, sure
to seduce any lover.

Oysters

Researchers have found that oysters contain amino acids that
trigger the production of sex hormones. A team of American and Italian
researchers analysed bivalve molluscs, a group of shellfish that includes
oysters and found that they were rich in these rare amino acids. For those
wanting the benefits of oysters but are unsure how to go about preparing them,
start with this divine recipe for Oysters
in a Vietnamese Dressing
, sure to leave a standing ovation.

Chocolate

The Aztecs may have been the first on record to draw a link
between the cocoa bean and sexual desire, as their emperor, Montezuma, was said
to consume the bean in copious amounts to fuel his romantic trysts. Chocolate
is an acceptable gift in its own right for any occasion but none more so than
for the one you love. Why not utilise in season cherries and whip up this decadent
dessert
set to impress.

Avocado

It’s not just the shape of this fruit that makes it so
seductive, it has also been linked to helping play a role in sexual health and
performance. Particular nutrients are needed by the body to generate nitric
oxide which helps dilate blood vessels, keeping them elastic and allowing for
extra blood flow. Folic acid, calcium and vitamins C and E, found in avocados,
all play a role in the body’s manufacture of nitric oxide. So why not start
your Valentine’s Day on the right foot with a generous serving of crushed
avocado on your morning toast!

Pomegranate Seeds

A prominent player in aphrodisiac lore, pomegranate was regarded
as a culinary symbol of Aphrodite by the ancient Greeks. This vibrant ruby
coloured fruit has made a lasting impression as a sensual symbol throughout
history, appearing in poetic works of great authors from Homer to Shakespeare.
Shake up this colourful
and sweet little cocktail number
to get the party started this Valentine ‘s
Day. 

Champagne

Not only is champagne one of the world’s most potent natural
aphrodisiacs, it is also the well-known standard for celebration, making it the
ideal beverage to accompany a Valentine’s Day meal. It is believed that the
bubbles in champagne are absorbed into the blood stream a lot quicker than
other alcohols, making for the giddy light headed feeling after the first
glass, ideal for a night of inhibition.

Pine Nuts

The not so humble pine nut has been used to stimulate the
libido as far back as medieval times. Who says size matters? When it comes to
these kernels, they are packed with zinc, a key mineral for maintaining male
potency. It is also believed that pine nuts have been used for centuries to
make love potions by witch doctors, so whip up this tasty
lasagnette
and cast a spell on your unsuspecting diner.

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