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Top Food Aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs are believed to arouse sexual desire. Not surprisingly, the word aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, lust and sexuality. Here is a list of foods that's sure to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day.

Avocado: The Aztecs call the avocado tree "testicle tree" because its fruit hangs in pairs on the tree, resembling the male testicles.

Crab-Stuffed Avocados

Basil: The scent of basil was said to drive men wild. Women have been known to sprinkle dry crushed basil on their breasts to keep their husbands' eyes from wandering.

Penne with Basil Pesto

Cardamom: This aromatic spice is regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac in certain cultures. It's supposedly beneficial in treating impotence.

Cardamom Creme Caramel

Chocolate: The Aztec and the Mayan people considered chocolate a luxury with aphrodisiac powers. The Aztec emperor, Montezuma, drank 50 cups of chocolate a day to enhance his sexual ability.

Dark Chocolate Baked Pudding

Durian: Despite its foul-smell, this thorny fruit is considered an aphrodisiac in Southeast Asia. There's a saying in Indonesia: "When the durian fruit comes down, the skirts come up!"

Durian Drink

Figs: Figs are another fruit that claims aphrodisiac qualities based on its appearance. An open fig is thought to look similar to female sex organs.

Sticky Fig Pudding with Candied Fresh Figs

Ginger: Ginger root has been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries because of its scent and its ability to stimulate the circulatory system.

Lemon Ginger Halibut

Honey: In Persia, newlyweds drank honey mead for one moon (or month) which is where the term "honeymoon" comes from. Others say the word "honeymoon" is from an old Viking tradition, where newlyweds were given a month to get to know each other. During that month, they were encouraged to drink lots of mead, a wine made from honey.

Fresh Fig and Honey Tarts

Licorice: In ancient China, the distinct aroma of black licorice was considered a powerful stimulant, with powers to enhance love and lust.

Ogopogo Cake

Oysters: These mollusks have long had a reputation of being aphrodisiacs. Oysters are high in both protein and zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production which in turn increases libido. Oysters have a slightly salty/sweet scent which has been compared to a female pheromone. The great lover Casanova apparently ate dozens every morning.

Oysters with Pink Grapefruit

Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are also high in zinc and have been used for centuries to make up love potions that stimulate the libido.

Italian Pine Nut Cake

Soy: In at least one case, soy was associated with a case of "persistent sexual arousal syndrome". A woman consuming over a pound of soy a day became chronically aroused. Soy milk, anyone?

Vanilla Soy Milkshake

Tomatoes: The bright red fruit that eats like a vegetable was shunned by the Puritans due to its reputed aphrodisiac powers. They are also known as "pomme d'amour" (French for "apple of love") which resulted from a misunderstanding of "pomme de' Moors."

Fresh Tomato Tarte


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