Having conducted a little research on the subject and having tried one or two of these things at home (ahem)…I have discovered a surprisingly long list of foods purported to have aphrodisiac properties. But is it just a myth or do they really work?
The question lies in whether we believe the aphrodisiac foods we are eating are genuinely improving our sex drive and stirring up our hormones. Despite there being many articles, books, and guides about the human sex drive all offering suggestions and exercises, and often certain aphrodisiac foods to stimulate the libido, but really we don’t really know why they supposedly work ort if they really do!
It was the goddess Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, who triggered the interest in love inducing foods when she rose from the sea on an oyster and then gave birth to Eros. So, it is since the Roman and Greek times that the belief that aphrodisiac foods stimulate the sex drive and increase sexual performance has proliferated. During those periods, people were more concerned about fertility and sexual performance than love and passion itself, so a great amount of time was spent determining what aphrodisiac foods would help these two separate concerns.
Some foods obviously qualify as an aphrodisiac due to their phallic appearance (asparagus, figs, carrots, oysters) they are suggestive, and not a cause of physical sexual reaction. In fact, many believe that some aphrodisiac foods increase and stimulate sexual desire and performance by the suggestive nature of the food and the ritual surrounding the food and not the food itself. While others may work on the body to increase its receptivity to love and passion (chocolate, giving a natural high, coffee to stimulate, Basil to promote feelings of well-being)
The menu for Sunday lunch consists of 14 different aphrodisiac foods….
Oysters Kilpatrick (an Aussie speciality) and Champagne cocktail
Carrot and Coriander soup
Roasted fig and baby beet salad with honey…served with prosciutto, goats cheese mozzarella and blue cheese and home-made Basil Focaccia
White chocolate and vanilla and dark chocolate mousse with strawberry and raspberry Coulis
Coffee and hazlenut-pine nut cookies
I’m hoping the menu will promote an amorous afternoon…although I will be locking the bedroom doors….and I want (discrete) reports from diners about the rest of their afternoon and whether it ended up being as pleasant as their lunch 🙂