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Aphrodisiacs from the Garden

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You could be growing all the ingredients to a love potion and not even know it! Check out our list of vegetable aphrodisiacs.

We've all heard that certain foods possess qualities that may make us feel more amorous. Oysters are one of the first sexy foods that people think of, but there are plenty of vegetable aphrodisiacs--and you may even grow them in your own backyard!


We've all heard that certain foods possess qualities that may make us feel more amorous. Oysters are one of the first sexy foods that people think of, but there are plenty of vegetable aphrodisiacs--and you may even grow them in your own backyard! If you're planning a Valentine's Day meal for that special someone, it couldn't hurt to put a few garden aphrodisiacs on the menu...

  • Asparagus: Look at a stalk for a moment and you may notice that it looks, well... phallic. Sexy shapes of fruits and vegetables often lend to them being accepted as aphrodisiacs. Asparagus is also packed with vitamin E, which helps stimulate the production of sex hormones.

  • Artichokes: The very way we eat artichokes is a sensual experience--ripping off leaves and dipping them in warm butter before scraping them between our teeth. In the 16th century, Catherine de Medici (Queen of France) was considered scandalous by her court because she ate so many artichokes!

  • Celery: This "plain Jane" vegetable is a powerhouse in the aphrodisiac department! Celery contains androsterone, the same male hormone and intoxicating scent our guys release when they sweat.

  • Onions: The history of onions as aphrodisiacs dates back thousands of years. Onions are mentioned in ancient Hindu and Arabic texts on the art of lovemaking. Old French tradition recommends newlyweds eat onion soup on the day after their wedding to restore sexual energy. How can you deny the wisdom of the ages?

  • Cucumbers: The use of cucumbers as an aphrodisiac is almost so obvious that it seems like a joke. It's not. Researchers at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found a direct relationship between the smell of cucumbers and female arousal.

  • Tomato: These "love apples" were banned by the Catholic Church into the 19th century due to concerns about the fruit's "morality." Tomatoes have a long, sultry history and some theologians even link it to the Garden of Eden. Just try to control yourself after biting into this red,  juicy, fleshy forbidden fruit!


The next time you're planning a romantic night in, forget the oils and candles and head to your garden or farmer's market for fresh, natural aphrodisiac foods!



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