No need to take your “troubles down to Madame Rue, you know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth,” sexy edibles are available at your local farmers market, green grocer, bakery or chocolate shop.
Medical science has pretty much debunked the idea that certain foods will stimulate the human sex organs. Health experts, however, do admit that some foods, due to their nutritional content, flavor and innuendo, as well as the act of eating can and will help you get your groove on.
While acquiescing to science, we do still believe the power of mind over matter (and body) and see no reason why one should not stack the culinary odds in your favor, especially on Valentine’s Day. Oysters and pine nuts (high in zinc), hot chili peppers (stimulates endorphins), basil (boosts fertility), pumpkin seeds (high in magnesium), cherries, pomegranates, figs and olive oil (high in antioxidants) are all, to one extent or another, considered amorous eats. Hands down everyone’s favorite edible turn on, legally speaking, is chocolate.
Chocolate, and dark chocolate in particular, is one of the most consummate of aphrodisiacs. The Aztecs regarded chocolate as “nourishment of the Gods.” Montezuma was reported to guzzle goblets of a chocolate elixir before battles and trysts. It gave him strength. High in fat and sugar, chocolate is considered by some to be a forbidden, sensual and taboo treat, hinting at a naughty factor. Chocolate is high in antioxidants, which keeps your blood pumping, and tryptophan, which induces feelings of pleasure and gratification. Strawberries also contain some mighty powerful seductive properties. They are high in vitamin C and, shaped like perfect little red hearts, they lend themselves to sharing. Come Saturday evening, we propose fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate (we like Old School Favorites Chocolate Szauce) and maybe a little whipped cream — just to up the playful factor.