Figs, oysters and strawberries, are known for their aphrodisiac qualities, but what other foods can cause our sex drive to roar? Just in time for Valentine's Day, these 15 unknown aphrodisiacs, are sure to get your partner in the mood!
Over the years, many different foods have been touted as aphrodisiacs. Whilst we all know the effects of oysters, figs and strawberries on our mood, most would probably not know that almonds or buttered popcorn can create the same desire. Check out our list below of the 15 most unknown aphrodisiacs.
Salmon can serve as an integral part of a romantic dinner and you can enjoy the effects of its aphrodisiac properties long after. It’s rich in vitamins which lift the libido, contains omega-3s which elevate seratonin levels, and contains loads of protein which is essential for energy and stamina.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Smoked Salmon Mousse
2. Buttered Popcorn
Don’t think buttered popcorn is sexy? A study found that the smell of this treat increased blood flow to the penis by 9 per cent, so go ahead and order that popcorn at the movies, or even create a batch at home!
TRY THIS RECIPE: Butterscotch Popcorn
Oatmeal is near the bottom of most people’s lists of sexy foods but eating concentrated amounts of oats has been shown to increase testosterone levels and raise sex drive in men.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Pear and Plum Crumble
Aside from the obvious sexual connotations of this sticky sweet substance, honey is rich in vitamin B – needed in testosterone production as well as boron which helps the body to use estrogen.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Honey Vanilla Panna Cotta
Not only is pineapple a sweet and delicious treat, it also contains vitamin C, a homeopathic remedy for impotence.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Pineapple and Candied Ginger Pudding
6. Pine Nuts
While pine nuts seem to lack any sort of sexiness, some consider them to be one of the most potent aphrodisiacs. The best of these come from high in the Himalayas and are a staple in the diet of the surrounding cultures, many of which have notably high birth rates. They’re also rich in zinc, a mineral necessary for male potency.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Chicken with Garlic and Chestnut Stuffing
The ancient name the Aztecs had for the avocado was Ahuacuatl or in English, testicle tree. Aside from this resemblance to genitalia, the fruit’s texture can make it a delicious savoury treat for a date and is high in Omega-3 which has been linked to an increase in dopamine.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Mango and Avocado Salsa
Ancient Greeks and Romans associated this fruit with the goddess Aphrodite as its many seeds, colour and shape were seen as sensual. This fruit was also recommended as an aphrodisiac by the Kama Sutra. Pomegranates are packed with nutrients.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Pomegranate Mojito
This food, similar to lettuce, was considered an aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans and Egyptians. Its spicy taste can help clear the mind and it contains several vitamins necessary for sexual function.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Rocket Pear and Parmesan Salad
While it may seem more appropriate to top your spaghetti with, women in some ancient cultures used to dust their breasts with basil, believing it to drive men wild. Some research suggests that it may indeed have circulation boosting effects that can make it a valuable aphrodisiac.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Basil and Tomato Arancini
Almonds have been a symbol of fertility throughout the ages and the smell is thought to increase sexual desire in women so whip up a delicious almond dish for your loved one to help them get in the mood.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Spiced Nuts
The sexual power of vanilla, the real kind not the synthetic variety, is in its aroma. Add it to a bath to share with your special someone for a particularly arousing experience or create something in the kitchen!
TRY THIS RECIPE: Vanilla Mascarpone Cream Hearts
This flowering plant has been used to make traditional teas in many South American countries since the time of the Aztecs. They may have been onto something as research has shown that it does contain chemicals that can increase sensitivity in the genitals.
This spice has long been used as a preventative against sexual dysfunction and premature ejaculation. It contains cineole which has been shown to increase blood flow where it’s applied.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Cardamom Rice Pudding with Spiced Plums
Ginger has been a popular aphrodisiac in Asia for thousands of years, and is often purported as a remedy for impotence either by eating or rubbing the ginger on the skin. Ginger also has properties that stimulate the circulatory system.
TRY THIS RECIPE: Ginger Fried Calamari