Aphrodisiac foods for Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day. As you put that romantic three course meal together, you’re bound to be thinking about slipping an aphrodisiac food or two into the mix. There is of course a lot of debate over whether or not the most commonly mentioned aphrodisiac foods truly affect people. Arguments for the romance-inducing powers of certain natural foods are often written off as a placebo effect, with any love potion results occurring because the two people involved wished it so. So is it all about positive belief and wishful thinking? If so, that’s fine with us, because we love cooking with great ingredients and we believe that it brings people together, no matter what the scientists say. We've even gone ahead and created a three course romantic meal around some of our favourite aphrodisiac foods.

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Here’s a few aphrodisiac foods that you can introduce into your ingredients list. We hope they bring you luck in love. This article is completely safe for work, but you might blush a bit if you’re reading it at your desk.

Avocado

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That’s right, no fruit or veg is safe from the aphrodisiac shopping list. The simple avocado has long been associated with romantic cooking. It’s a natural source of phenylethylamine the so called ‘Love Drug’ so serve it to someone you’d like to stay longer than the weekend.

Soft avocado tastes great when spread on some brown toast.

Carrots

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It's hard to think of a food that takes so much time to peel, ever being connected with romance. Believe it or not, carrots contain some of the important vitamins and minerals that are necessary for hormone production.

Ginger

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Here's another spicy root that gets a lot of attention this time of year. Grated ginger, pickled ginger and freshly sliced ginger in soups can get the blood flowing and up the temperature.

Why not combine our top two aphrodisiac foods in a tasty soup as part of a Valentine's Day three course meal?

Red Meat

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Steak, the finest* the cut the better, is a great source of zinc which can be an aphrodisiac to males.  You can't go wrong with this romantic rosemary and balsamic steak for your main course. We recommend these finest* Angus Ribeye Steaks, which are matured and aged for 28 days.

 

Mango 

An absolute winner, in terms of aphrodisiac foods, is any fruit that's rich in Vitamin E. That being said, you should try and source a fruit that's rich in vitamin E but also incredibly tasty and easy to work with. That's why we're putting forward the mango as a key player in our romantic dessert option. Feast your eyes on this breathtaking mango cheesecake recipe.

Here are some other appetising aphrodisiacs that might tickle your interest.   

Pomegranate

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To be on the safe side, don’t introduce pomegranates until the final course. The sweet and juicy fruit, which is near the end of its season in February, leaves a parting gift of antioxidants which can boost blood flow. Aphrodisiac or not, anyone can enjoy a slice of pomegranate tart.

Pomegranate, spinach, pear and hazelnuts make a great salad combination.

 

Chillies

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You won’t have to go out of your way to find fresh chillies for your romantic dinner, just head to the vegetable aisle. These spicy seductresses will help energise your dinner guests and raise awareness across the senses. Some chillies can also make lips pout and make them more kissable. If this side effect is too noticeable, it might be best to check that it’s not an allergic reaction!

Sliced and deseeded, chillies are a great topping for a homemade pizza.

Chocolate

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Admit it, you were hoping we’d say chocolate. We’re not saying someone will magically fall in love with you if you break out the forgotten selection box from the back room, but we think there are some powers in the finer offerings. Even the New York Times talks about how cocoa beans are involved in the building of serotonin, a brain chemical that is linked to love, and once again mentions the connection to phenylethylamine.

Want to put it to the test? You can run an experiment by melting some chocolate and dipping some strawberries and try the science bit yourselves.

Red Wine

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The aroma of red wine, fuelled by some carefully selected grapes, can seduce the senses. Pinots and Burgundies are your wingmen on this mission of love. Try this Brancott Estate Pinot Noir for size. If you can’t get your hands on a Pinot, search the wine labels for other aphrodisiac ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, cloves or vanilla.