What’s an aphrodisiac, I hear you ask? Broadly, an aphrodisiac is a substance that can stimulate your sexual desire, whether through taste, texture, smell or even shape. Aphrodisiac foods have been used around the world for hundreds of years is to incite passion and lust. Ingredients that have been used for their reputed aphrodisiacal qualities in the past range from the bizarre – shark fins and baboon testicles to the ridiculous – canary tongue. Thankfully there are a few more palatable, humane, and easily obtainable erotic ingredients available for those of you who in the mood for love…
We?ve selected a some quick sexy foods for you to get your teeth into, because the more time you spend in the kitchen, the less time you spend on other things? They?re all in season so not only will they taste spectacular, and they won?t cost you the earth either!
Artichoke – these round green bulbs open up like a flower bud and taste exquisite. To prepare trim the stalk and remove the first few leaves before cutting the top 1/4 off the artichoke. Cook in boiling water for 15 minutes then drain. To eat an artichoke is quite like undressing it – tear the leaves off and dip each in tangy vinaigrette then feast on this most delicate vegetable by scraping the leaves between your teeth to remove the flesh.
Asparagus – perfect to tantalise romantic passions, these verdant, phallic looking veggies are easy to prepare and delicious to eat. Simply blanch in boiling water until they are bright green and serve with a drizzle of good quality olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a grind of salt and pepper and a pinch of salty capers. Eat with your fingers. See, sexy isn’t it?
Avocado – is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Well, the Aztecs thought it was something else entirely, calling it ahuacatl, meaning ‘testicle.’ (Ah! Thought it looked familiar!)Its creamy texture lends it to all sorts of culinary fun and games… The smooth skinned fuerte and the dark textured skinned hass avocados are both in season now. They are ripe when they are ever so slightly soft to the squeeze…Eat on its own with a crack of fresh black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Good sex needs plenty of energy. Raw food processes far more minerals and vitamins than cooked food. For a better sex life, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and drink ginseng tea. Eat for the seasons – chilled watermelon on a boiling hot day or piping hot nourishing soup in darkest winter.
For the ultimate in sexy eating, try a blindfolded picnic. First you and your loved one should spend some time picking delicious foodie morsels to tempt each other with. Vary the textures, temperatures and flavours ? some suggestions in addition to the love foods above include dark bitter chocolate, tart raspberries, succulent pear, juicy mango, decadent runny brie cheese, salty capers, fruity olives, slippery oysters, chilled champagne? your only limited by your imagination?
A word of caution. Choose your picnic location wisely, with all this sexy food, things could get a little out of control so unless you are an exhibitionist, you might feel more comfortable closer to home.
Blindfold your partner then choose a morsel of exotic food to have them sample. Tease them with the food while you feed it to them – will it be salty, spicy, sweet? Use your fingers. Watch their reactions as they devour each tidbit with pleasure. Now it?s your turn?