Discovering Aphrodisiac Foods

The art of seduction through food

Since the beginning of time, love is the one magical thing that had never gone out of style. Men and women constantly look for successful formulas to win over the object of their desires.

Unfortunately there is no one specific formula that works better than the next: even though love makes us all do strange things, it ultimately relies on timing or chemistry.

It is often said that a way to your lover's heart is through their stomach: after all, a meal prepared with love and affection is a beautiful way to express your feelings for your object of desire. But, preparing a meal with the right ingredients could give you that little extra assistance you might be looking for!

Certain foods have long been hailed for their aphrodisiac properties, so keep reading to discover some of the most well known aphrodisiac foods. Some may be familiar, but rest assured, you will be surprised by others!

Information in this article was referenced from “Inter Courses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook”. It is filled with original and fun recipes – take a look at it for yourself!

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not?

Flowers are the sex organ of the plant so it only makes sense that they would hold aphrodisiac properties!

If you choose to use flowers in your meals, it is important to make sure that you buy your flowers at a reputable dealer to ensure they are free of pesticides. In fact, this is one of those cases where buying organic is not only beneficial, but also necessary.

Orchids, geraniums, violets, lilies, hibiscuses, mimosas and roses are amongst the many flowers refuted for their aphrodisia. You could even finish your dinner table decor with a beautiful bouquet assembled from the flowers included in your meal!

A fun suggestion from our Inter Courses: why not make white chocolate and flower petal candies to finish your evening on a sweet note…in more ways than one!?

Heavenly Chocolate

No surprises there! The Aztecs and Mayans were the first to appreciate its aphrodisiac properties and the healing properties it brought to scars. They actually held chocolate in such high regards that its beans were even used as currency! After sharing their treasure with the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, chocolate moved on to conquer the heart of Europe.

Historical figures have long relied on the powers of chocolate, from Casanova who believed it to be magic, to the Catholic church that believed it was sin to share chocolate!

From the Sea

Although Oysters have always been considered an aphrodisiac, scientists are starting to question this theory. Some believe that the sensual properties attributed to the oyster come only from the shape of its flesh, which resembles the female sex organ. Others firmly believe that their high levels of zinc and iodine are responsible for its aphrodisiac powers. Any which way, you'll never know if it works before you try them!

Caviar has always been associated with luxury and champagne, and consequently to romance. This is probably why people believe it possesses powerful aphrodisiac properties. It is recommended as a libido enhancer by the Kama-Sutra, so who really needs scientific proof knowing that!

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Strawberries & Champagne

In the same way that bright red lips are subconsciously reminiscent of the female sex organs, so are strawberries. When paired with the luxurious tiny bubbles of champagne, they create a perfect combination of romance and sensuality.

Powerful Rosemary

Emotional memory is extremely sensitive to smell. Sometimes it only takes a subtle scent to take us back to a memorable moment in time.

Keeping this in mind, it is easy to recognize that rosemary, with its powerful and captivating aroma, is considered a powerful aphrodisiac. Who ever said rosemary was limited to cooking!? Women have been using its perfume for many moons to bewitch the objects of their affection.

Ultimately, the answer to romance and sensuality is unique to each of us as individuals, but by continuing to try new things, you can only perfect your recipe for romantic success.

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