A very popular aphrodisiac with many culinary
uses. It has been used as an aphrodisiac since
the Greeks and the Romans, who believed aniseed
had special powers. Sucking on the seeds is
said to increases your desire.
Given it's phallic shape, asparagus is frequently
enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your
lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous
experience. The Vegetarian Society suggests
"eating asparagus for three days for
the most powerful affect".
A symbol of fertility throughout the ages.
The aroma is thought to induce passion in
a female. Try serving Marzipan (almond paste)
in the shapes of fruits for a special after-dinner
Arugula or "rocket" seed has been
documented as an aphrodisiac since the first
century A.D. 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.
Any Indian dried, powedere herb used as a
sexual stimulant in Ayurvedic medicine. The
herb has a very strong, garlicy flavor.
The Aztecs called the avocado tree "Ahuacuatl
which translated means "testicle tree".
The ancients thought the fruit hanging in
pairs on the tree resembled the male's testicles.
This is a delicious fruit with a sensuous
texture. Serve in slices with a small amount
of Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper.
The banana flower has a marvelous phallic
shape and is partially responsible for 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 sex hormone production.
Basil (sweet basil)
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.
Broccoli Rabe (And Other
The ground seeds of various plants in the
brassica family were believed to increase
virility. In the case of broccoli rabe its
more likely a myth created to get people to
eat this bitter vegetable.
The Aztecs referred to chocolate "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 (cancer preventing enzymes) than
does red wine. The secret for passion is to
combine the two. Try a glass of Cabernet with
a bit of dark chocolate for a sensuous treat
or let us temp you with our recipe for Chocolate
Espresso Pots de creme.
Another good reason to eat carrots--believed
to be a stimulant to the male. The phallus
shaped carrot has been associated with stimulation
since ancient times and was used by early
Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction. High
vitamins and beta-carotene. Perhaps a justification
for a piece of carrot cake?
Caffeine is a well-know stimulant but remember,
too much and it becomes a depressant. Serve
small amounts of rich dark coffee in special
little demitasse cups. Coffee stimulates both
the body and the mind so partake of a little
in preparation for an "all-nighter".
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 over 1000
years old so the history of coriander as an
aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Cilantro
was also know to be used as an "appetite"
In the 1930's fennel was found to be a source
of natural plant estrogens. Use of fennel
as an aphrodisiac dates back to the Egyptian
times where it was used as "libido enhancement".
An open fig is thought to emulate the female
sex organs and traditionally thought of as
sexual stimulant. A man breaking open a fig
and eating it in front of his lover is a powerful
erotic act. Serve fresh Black Mission figs
in a cool bowl of water as it is done in Italy
and be sure to eat with your fingers!
The 'heat' in garlic is said to stir sexual
desires. Make sure you and your partner share
it together. Garlic has been used for centuries
to cure everything from the common cold to
heart ailments. This is a good time for moderation.
Enjoy a pasta with a lightly garlicky sauce
and it and lead up to something spicy in the
Ginger root raw, cooked or crystallized is
a stimulant to the circulatory system. Perhaps
a stir-fry with freshly grated ginger can
stir something spicy up in the bedroom later.
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 s "sweeten"
The Chinese have used licorice for medicinal
purposes since ancient times. The essence
of the Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) plan,
glycrrhizin, is 50 time sweeter than sugar.
Chewing on bits of licorice root is said to
enhance love and lust. It is particularly
stimulating to woman.
Believed to stimulate the sexual glands and
increase desire. Prepare a tenderloin roast
(filet mignon) for two with a mustard and
Nutmeg was highly prized by Chinese women
as an aphrodisiac. In quantity nutmeg can
produce a hallucinogenic effect. A light sprinkling
of the spice in a warm pumpkin soup can help
spice up your evening.
Oysters were documented as a 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". An additional
hypotheses is that the oyster resembles the
"female" genitals. In reality oysters
are a very nutritious and high in protein.
Zinc is a key mineral necessary to maintain
male potency and pine nuts are rich in zinc.
Pine nuts have been used to stimulate the
libido as far back as Medieval times. Serve
pine nut cookies with a dark espresso for
a stimulating dessert.
Rich in vitamin C and and is used in the homeopathic
treatment for impotence. Add a spear to a
sweet Rum drink for a tasty prelude to an
evening of passion.
Raspberries and Strawberries
Perfect foods for hand feeding your lover.
"Both invite love and are described in
erotic literature as fruit nipples" Both
are high in vitamin C and make a sweet light
The Greeks and the Romans considered the rare
Truffle to be an aphrodisiac. The musky scent
is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin
The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed
to increase lust. According to the Australian
Orchid Society, "Old Totonac lore has
it that Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican
fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth.
Unable to marry him due to her divine nature,
she transformed herself into a plant that
would provide pleasure and happiness."
Fill tall Champagne glasses to the rim and
add a vanilla bean for a heady, bubbly treat.
A glass or two of wine can greatly enhance
a romantic interlude. Wine relaxes and helps
to stimulate our senses. Drinking wine can
be an erotic experience. Let your eyes feast
on the color of the liquid. Caress the glass,
savor the taste on your lips. Do remember
that excessive alcohol will make you too drowsy
for the after-dinner romance. A moderate amount
of wine has been said to "arouse"
but much more than that amount with have the