Food

9 Aphrodisiacs You Probably Didn't Know About

You may be familiar with foods such as oysters, chocolate and bananas that are natural aphrodisiacs... But what about the lesser known foods that have been linked to an increase in desires for centuries? If you're thinking of something to prepare for Valentine's Day, you might get a few ideas below...


By Christabel Brain
2018/01/30, 11:53 AM

Watermelon Rind




The fruity flesh closest to the rind of a watermelon causes blood vessels to expand and contract, making it a natural aphrodisiac.

What to make: Watermelon, Feta & Rocket Salad

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Fennel




Fennel’s nutrients mimic the effects of estrogen, giving this deliciously flavoured vegetable another use other than it's intoxicating liquorice taste.

What to make: Roasted Fennel With Parmesan

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Vanilla




You might be thinking; plain old vanilla, really? But yes, this too is an aphrodisiac. Scientifically proven that it's scent has a 'special power' over men. This is why in the early 1900's, many women opted to use it as a perfume.

What to make: Vanilla Ice Cream With Chocolate Sauce

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Pine Nuts




Nuts for pine nuts? So you should be. They contain a healthy dose of zinc, which helps stimulate those feelings.

What to make: Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Pizza

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Saffron




The spice of choice for Cleopatra to get her pheromones flowing.. If it's good enough for her, it's good enough for us.

What to make: Saffron Risotto

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Fugu




The Japanese delicacy that when not prepared properly by licensed chefs, can kill you.. Is apparently one of the best aphrodisiacs out there. Worth the risk? That's your call.

What to make: We'd advise not to prepare this at home! It really is a matter of life and death.

Ginger




Apart from its strong and enticing taste, ginger also has properties that stimulate the circulatory system and has long been used as an aphrodisiac in Asia.

What to make: Ginger Fried Calamari

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Avocado




Rich in omega 3, the avocado has been linked to to an increase in dopamine levels when eaten. Good news for the avocado-on-toast lovers (admit it, you love it!)

What to make: Salmon & Avocado salad

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Basil




The simple plant that can transform many a dish into a culinary delight, has been proven to have properties that increase circulation.

What to make: Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Pasta

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