The delightful practice of seducing the man or woman of your dreams dates back to before the ancient Greeks used garlic, edible bulbs, onions and truffles to entice their loved ones. Dubbed “aphrodisiacs” after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, these and other foods thought to be sexual stimulants are still used to spice up love lives around the globe. To help you add some sparks to your relationship, we picked five everyday foods known for their powers to arouse and created a delectable dish for each one. Bon appétit!
Mentioned in the Kama Sutra and prescribed by ancient physicians for sexual vigor in both men and women, this liquid gold comes in many styles: buckwheat, blueberry, star thistle and many more. The flavor and color of the honey depends on which plants the bees have been buzzing in when they create it.
Combine honey with fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, peaches, and pomegranates, a splash of Grand Marnier, or other orange liqueur, and a dash of mint, and you’ve got a potent triple aphrodisiac. The libido-building powers of fruit are thought to come from their suggestive shapes and colors. It doesn’t hurt that they’re also packed with vitamins. Aristotle believed so much in the power of mint to inflame ardor that he is said to have advised Alexander the Great not to let his soldiers drink mint tea during campaigns.
Sensual Honey, Fruit and Mint Mix
Use any fresh or canned fruits that you like for this dish, but keep in mind that canned fruits are often sweetened and can add a ton of calories. Be warned: the combination of ingredients makes for a very sultry dish!
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 cup 1 1/2-inch chunks fresh mango
1 cup 1 1/2-inch chunks fresh pineapple (save the outside shell)
1 cup 1 ½ inch chunks fresh peaches
In a medium bowl, combine the honey, ginger, mint, orange juice, lemon juice and the liqueur and mix well.
Add the mangoes, pineapple and peaches to the marinade. Toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Serve in a hollowed pineapple shell with your favorite fat-free frozen yogurt or sorbet.