Valentine’s Day has come and gone and the frenzy for flowers, cards, and chocolates can wait another year. Those romantic feelings can be enjoyed everyday, though, with the help of certain fruits and vegetables.
Throughout the ages, dating back over 5,000 years, certain foods have been linked to amorous feelings. Aphrodisiacs are believed to stimulate blood while alluring the body through sensual sights, smells, and textures, stirring passions and awakening the senses. The word aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration, aphrodisiacs are pure fiction, not fact. In 1989 the FDA declared that there is no scientific proof behind aphrodisiacs. If you would like to take matters into your own hands, and kitchens, and make your own decision, here is a list of popular aphrodisiacs available in different seasons at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets.
Remember, the truly romantic (and more affordable!) meal is the one prepared and enjoyed at home together.
Asparagus: Asparagus is frequently used as an aphrodisiac. The Vegetarian Society suggests eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful effect.
Avocados: The Aztecs called the avocado tree “Ahuacatl” which also translates to a certain male body part. Avocados are deliciously creamy, have a wonderful texture, and some also think they resemble female curves.
Almonds: These morsels are filled with protein and wonderful for maintaining stamina. They have also long been known as a symbol of fertility, and their aroma is thought to induce passion in females.
Chile Peppers: Their heat releases endorphins, a chief pleasure enzyme.
Fennel: Fennel is a source of natural plant estrogens, and the ancient Egyptians used fennel to enhance libido.
Figs: Figs are said to resemble a female body part and are packed with energy boosting iron.
Garlic: The “heat” in garlic is said to stir sexual desires. Garlic has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes from curing the common cold to increasing libido. Garlic aids in digestion and increases blood flow. Remember, two people with garlic breath cancel each other out.
Honey: Egyptians used honey for curing sterility and impotence. Honey is also “The Nectar of Aphrodite” and the root of the word “honeymoon.”
Mangoes: Mangoes have been the muse of poets and philosophers for thousands of years and are prescribed to boost male libido in India.
Peaches: This fruit is not only mouthwatering, but rich in potassium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
Pine Nuts: Zinc is a key mineral to maintain male potency, and pine nuts are filled with zinc. Pine nuts have been used to stimulate libido since Medieval times.
Truffles: The Greeks and Romans considered the truffle an aphrodisiac. The musky scent is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch.