TRUDI NELSON: Valentine's Day Food

Valentine’s Day is this Tuesday 14th February. Food and love go so well together... If there’s a food item we could eat that might also make us more attractive to the one we love, then why not give it a go:

Want to know the food of love that gets human hearts racing? Here are the official foods of love:

Almonds :
A symbol of fertility throughout the ages, the aroma is thought to induce passion in a female.

Arugula :
Arugula or “rocket” seed has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century. This ingredient was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios. Arugula greens are frequently used in salads and pasta.

Avocado :
The Aztecs ancients thought the avocado fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled male genitalia. This delicious fruit has a sensuous texture.

Bananas :
The banana flower has a marvelous phallic shape and is partially responsible for the popularity of the banana as an aphrodisiac food. An Islamic myth tells the tale that after Adam and Eve succumbed to the “Apple” they started covering their “nudity” with banana leaves rather than fig. From a more practical standpoint bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, necessities for the production of sexual hormones.

Basil (sweet basil) :
It is said to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.

Chocolate :
The Aztecs referred to chocolate as “nourishment of the Gods.” Chocolate contains chemicals thought to effect neurotransmitters in the brain and a related substance to caffeine called theobromine. Chocolate contains more antioxidant (enzymes thought to prevent cancer) than does red wine. The secret for passion is to combine the two.

Carrots :
Another good reason to eat carrots is that they are believed to be a stimulant to the male. The shape of the carrot has been associated with stimulation since ancient times and was used by early Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction. High in vitamins and beta-carotene. Perhaps a justification for a piece of carrot cake?

Coffee :
Caffeine is a well-know stimulant and when it is organic and fair-trade it has a great feel good factor too!

Coriander (Cilantro seed) :
The book of The Arabian Nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. That book is more than 1,000 years old so the history of coriander as an aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Coriander was also known to be used as an “appetite” stimulant. So, it’s good for the libido & but not so good for the figure – oh well!

Ginger :
Ginger root raw, cooked or crystallized is a stimulant to the circulatory system. Who would have thought that extra Ginger Crunch you couldn’t resist for afternoon tea could help in the bedroom later?

Honey :
Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey including cures for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey. Lovers on their “honeymoon” drank mead and it was thought to “sweeten” the marriage.

Oysters :
Oysters were documented as an aphrodisiac food by the Romans in the second century A.D. as mentioned in a satire by Juvenal. He described the wanton ways of women after ingesting wine and eating “giant oysters.” In reality oysters are very nutritious and high in protein.

Raspberries and Strawberries :
Perfect foods for hand feeding your lover. Both invite love and are described in erotic literature… Both are high in vitamin C and make a sweet light dessert.

Vanilla :
The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. Just ask for a shot of vanilla syrup in your next coffee to test this theory!

Wine :
A glass or two of wine can greatly enhance a romantic interlude. Wine relaxes and helps to stimulate our senses. Oooh yes, we all know drinking wine can be an erotic experience!

Happy Valentines Day!
Footnote: Most aphrodisiac properties attributed to foods are folklore not fact, but you just never know…

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