Sensual food for Valentine's Day
Many foods have aphrodisiac qualities. These sensual, lust-inspiring foods are perfect to serve your mate on Valentine's Day. Though the most commonly known aphrodisiac food is probably oysters, dozens of other foods and beverages can also produced the desire effects.
Chocolate stimulates neurotransmitters in your brain to make you feel sensual. Combine chocolate with the next item on our list for a decadent, sexy treat -- plus also check out these other seductive chocolate and wine pairings.
"Fruit nipples" as they are sometimes called, strawberries are the perfect complement to chocolate. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate (get a chocolate-covered strawberries recipe & how-to) and feed them to your lover for dessert.
Since Medieval times, pine nuts have been known to stimulate the libido. Pine nuts are rich in zinc, which is one of the keys to male potency. You can bake cookies and breads containing pine nuts.
The scent and taste of vanilla is one of the oldest aphrodisiacs. Make homemade ice cream or other desserts with the vanilla bean, or just add the bean to coffee, champagne or other drinks.
Ancient Aztecs believed that avocado -- when hanging on the tree -- resembled the testicles, so it became known as a sensual fruit. You can serve avocado in guacamole, on sandwiches or on its own. Pick up some year-round recipes for avocados right here.
Oysters were first documented as a aphrodisiac food by the Romans in the Second Century. In a satire by Juvenal, he told of the wanton ways of women after ingesting wine and eating "giant oysters." Because oysters resemble the female genitalia, that's another reason many people so closely associated them with sex. Here's a quick how-to on eating oysters.
Steamed asparagus is considered a great aphrodisiac. Perhaps it's the phallic shape... or maybe it's something more. The Vegetarian Society believes you should eat asparagus for three days straight for "the most powerful effect."
A romantic evening is not complete without a bottle of wine, because wine relaxes the body and heightens the senses. So cap off your evening with a glass or two of wine before heading off to the bedroom with your mate!