Named after the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite, these foods are best known for their aphrodisiacal qualities, and are perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

 

So, if you’re rustling up a meal for your beloved, make sure these ingredients are there on your menu.

 


Oysters:    

 

oysters



The Romeo of the 18th century, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, is said to have wolfed down 50 oysters every morning to increase his sexual prowess. Thus it’s no surprise that oysters are incredibly sought after. Scientists even conducted tests on it to see if there was any truth to it, and the results were positive. It was concluded that oysters did impact testosterone and progesterone levels in men and women, and that was responsible for increased libido.


  

Figs:

 

figs



Often associated with love and fertility by the Greeks, figs are considered to be an aphrodisiac. This fruit has also been mentioned in the Bible, and is also believed to be Cleopatra’s favourite fruit. Filled with antioxidants and flavonoids, figs are best consumed with a drizzle of honey.

 


 

Beetroots:  
 

beetroots



Who would’ve thought this earthy vegetable (with not many takers) would actually have a sensual side? The Romans were famous for eating beetroots because they believed that eating the vegetable made them feel good. And they are not wrong either. Studies have shown that beetroots have tryptophan and betaine in them as well as boron which increases one’s hormones making them amorous.


 

Chocolate:   

chocolate

 

And Valentine go hand-in-hand. You can even coat them in fruits like strawberry and feed it to your beloved. According to PBS.org, “The Aztecs and Maya used the beans found within the pods as a form of currency. “The Maya were known to exchange a few beans for a night of passion at the brothel, while the Aztec emperor Montezuma is rumoured to have consumed 50 cups of chocolate each day in order to satisfy his many, many wives.” Studies have also shown that, “two key components – phenethylamine and tryptophan. The former is a stimulant that is released in the brain when we fall in love, while the latter helps to produce serotonin, a brain chemical associated with elevated moods and sexual arousal.”

 

 

 

Asparagus:    
 

asparagus



High in Vitamin B, it is known for producing histamine which is related to a high sex drive in both men and women. So, go ahead and fill up on these vegetables, and grill them.