The couple in my book, SAFFRON NIGHTS, is exploring aphrodisiacs of the exotic variety. They are traveling the world in search of the real thing. Of course they find a whole lot more than the reported aphrodisiacs. But some of those in the book include saffron, durian, which you can’t find everywhere, and that odd Stinkhorn mushroom only grown in Hawaii, along with truffles, ginseng, and so on.
I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of our every day food that has been reported to have aphrodisiac qualities. Some you might have thought about, but others might surprise you.
Chocolates. Yep, you’ve heard about chocolate. Most of us get this one. But science has proven that chocolate makes you feel good, so, of course, if you’re with someone that you’re attracted to, one pleasure might lead to another.
Honey. This one might surprise. We put it in our tea, add it to bake goods for sweetness, and so on. But for countless years, people have thought of it as a love-potion. Hmm. And if your think of it’s qualities—sticky and thick. You can probably figure out why.
But honey is fill of nutrients as well as sweetness. Being easily metabolized and rich in B-vitamins, enzymes and amino acids it helps to pump the energizers through your system. Healthy people are definitely sexy people.
Tomatoes. As I wrote about on my own blog, here, tomatoes have been known as the “love apple “and have a delicious, sinful history of being outlawed by the church and so on. We all know how sinful things are just SO much more sexy, right? We also know how tasty they are. Add in some of the juiciness and fleshiness of it and well, you get the picture.
Bananas. Okay we all get the obvious here, right? That luscious phallic shape. But you’ll also find that bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. It also contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido.
Asparagus. In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners. Years later, science has backed this one up, too: asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
You see, you don’t have to travel to world to explore the pleasures of aphrodisiacs like my characters—or spend a lot of money on this. Some of them might be in your pantry, or growing in your back yard. If you interested in food and sex, you might like to follow my boards on Pinterest. I have a Sexy Food board and a board called Yum with some very sexy images I’ve collected. See you there.