If, like me, you love your food almost as much as your hot romance, why not try the kitchen for some delicious ways to spice up your sex life?
Some foods are classically associated with love or sex, such as chocolate (which contains theobromine and helps produce feel-good endorphins in the brain), strawberries (classed as an aphrodisiac since the times of ancient Rome) or oysters (did you know Casanova ate 50 raw oysters a day?). But when I looked into the topic of food-related aphrodisiacs I discovered a few surprises.
Asparagus is apparently very useful for men to help them reach orgasm more easily. I wasn’t aware that it was a custom in 19th century France for bridegrooms to be served asparagus before their wedding. Avocadoes are another food that are great for male sexuality – it was prized for its aphrodisiac qualities by the Aztecs, whose name for an avocado actually translates to “testicle”.
What about for us women, you ask? I can offer you basil, which is known to cure headaches (very useful, and I guess it tastes better than an aspirin!), and almonds, which apparently are great for increasing libido in women. Figs – one of my favorite fruits – were prized more highly than gold in ancient Greece due to their so-called “erotic” properties.
Saffron and ginseng are both reported to improve sexual performance, as do bananas (not because of their tantalizing shape, but because bananas contain the nutrients needed to boost sexual hormones in our system).
Nutmeg is another spice that helps raise body temperature and has the added advantage of sweetening the breath of your loved one!
And of course, how could I forget caviar? From a nutritional point of view, it offers a source of protein that bodes well for energy levels, but from a romantic point of view, I think the symbolism of life and fertility, coupled with the delicious flavor and texture in the mouth, makes this one my aphrodisiac of choice.
What about you? Are there any special foods you love? Any aphrodisiacs I haven’t mentioned here that you recommend for those times when love is in the air? Please share!
This post was first published by Jennifer Lynne on her blog in February 2012.
When Jennifer is not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she’s working in the day job, running around after teenage children and trying to find time for her new husband. She is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press, and is indie-published with her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. Find out more at her website or connect on Facebook or Twitter.