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Aphrodisiacs:
Love Apples, Almonds and Mint

 

At one time or other, in one culture or another, almost all types of food have been considered aphrodisiacs. A food's taste, shape, chemical properties or relationship to nature might instigate its designation as an aphrodisiac, but whether any truly amorous reaction occurs is purely speculative.

Asparagus, leeks, and cucumbers are elements of the "loved for its shape" category. The Marquis de Sade's favorite aphrodisiac, Spanish Fly, is made from a crushed beetle which, when ingested, produces a better blood flow, thereby affecting sexual performance, but it has also been found to be lethal and damaging to the kidneys. Ancient cultures associated fruits of the earth, the ultimate mother, with mankind's own ability to procreate.

Most romance experts agree that it is not necessarily what you eat, but how you eat it and the emotional state you and your companion might already be in. (If any of you out there are ancient enough to remember the classic eating scene in the movie Tom Jones, you'll know what I mean.) of course, certain foods, like pickled cabbage or liver and onions, may be enjoyable on an everyday basis, but if served on Valentine's Day would probably be considered anti-romantic. Here are some of the more appealing foods that fall within the potentially "aphrodisiac" category:

 

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