By Liz Everly
In celebrating Elizabeth Shore’s newest release Hot Bayou Nights, so far, my fellow Lady Smut bloggers have extolled the sexy virtues of Southern accents and country and modern bluegrass music. I’m here to tell you that for me one of the best parts of the south is its cuisine. Whether you are talking about low country grits or barbecue from the Carolinas, the regional plethora of delicious dining is amazing.
So my challenge is then to focus this blog post. FOCUS. Okay, I’ve gotten down to the basics. Not just food that might inspires a sexy and sultry Southern night, but the spices herbs that go into the foods. Of course these spices have reported aphrodisiac qualities. (You knew that was coming, right?)
You’ll find saffron in many Southern rice dishes . Mostly Creole. Saffron has a special substance with a structure very similar to human hormones that is responsible for increasing the sensitivity of the erogenous zones.
A powerful antioxidant and aphrodisiac—despite the odor—found in many Southern dishes. It improves blood circulation especially in the erogenous zones; and contains a chemical that stimulates the production of an enzyme responsible for erections.
Cayenne (and other) peppers
Food spiced with any kind of hot peppers are reported aphrodisiacs. Along with vitamin C, capsaicin the other stimulating ingredient in hot chilies. (Located in the seeds and membranes…more so in red than green chilies). Capsaicin triggers the brain to produce endorphins, which makes you feel good. The physical reactions experienced when eating spicy foods—increased heart rate, circulation, sweating and euphoria—are similar to how your body reacts during sex. Chili, curry and all those sweat inducing foods are believed to have aphrodisiac effects because they produce results much like sex would. Think about it; spicy foods increase your heart rate and cause us to perspire. Sometimes extracts of cayenne and chilies are sold as an aphrodisiac, but the natural form is acceptable too.
Cinnamon and Vanilia
While the South is known for its spicy food, it’s also know for it’s sweets. In studies conducted by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, the scent of a pumpkin pie was found to increase penile blood flow by 40 percent. The scent was also found to increase sexual desire in women. While the smell of pumpkin pie may conjure happy memories and a feeling of comfort and safety, it doesn’t hurt that a few individual ingredients in the recipe help the process along. Cinnamon and vanilla have also been touted for their abilities as aphrodisiacs.
Researchers in India found that compounds in nutmeg extract may stimulate the nervous system of animals, leading to increased sexual activity. Plenty of nutmeg in pumkin pie—and even in some rice dishes.
Of course, when it comes to food I’ve always said the biggest aphrodisiac is a sitting down with the person you love and enjoying conversation and good food—no matter what the food is. What do you think?
In the mean time, check out Elizabeth’s book. C’mon you know you want to.
This week, we’re celebrating the release of Lady Smut blogger Elizabeth Shore’s new novel Hot Bayou Nights.
When corporate consultant Carla Saunders’ work takes her from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to a research facility in Louisiana filled with king cobra snakes, she sees her dreams of a job in Paris sinking into the swamp. But unexpected desire burns hotter than a sultry bayou night. The snakes terrify her, but lust for the scorching hot research scientist has her dreaming less about the Champs Élysées and more about being coiled in his arms. Obsessed with finding a cure for multiple sclerosis, Jackson Rivard’s got zero time for relationships. But when a lush, efficient business advisor sweeps into his lab, zero spikes to a hundred before he can shut off the engine. In theory, no-strings-attached sex is scientifically feasible, but having an ex whose fangs make a cobra’s seem modest brings new meaning to the phrase “once bitten, twice shy.” How can he protect his heart when Carla’s charming it out of hiding?