Chocolate? Oysters? Candlelight? How will you get in the mood this Valentine’s day? The folks at Eat in Colour are here to help the lovebirds with a simple guide on how to unlock the romantic powers of nature’s most powerful aphrodisiacs…fruit and veg.
At this time of year our thoughts turn to love and in the present climate anything we can do to keep each other warm is a welcome distraction! Taking a lead from those frisky bunnies and their healthy diet of fruit and vegetables (which clearly fuels their amorous endeavours), the team at Eatincolour.com have uncovered a number of fruit and vegetables with aphrodisiac powers and have developed a handy guide to how you can slip an extra portion into your lover’s diet this week. Whether cooking up a romantic dinner for two or sneaking those naughty nutrients into your other-half’s lunchbox, these quick and easy tips are sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.
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A classic in the aphrodisiac the world over. Whether boiled or steamed the asparagus is an effective stimulant. This erotic shaped vegetable is best cooked and consumed whole. Part of the lily family, asparagus contains plenty of vitamins A and C. Consume for three consecutive days for the most powerful effect!
Eat in Colour tip: Serve cold with mayonnaise or vinaigrette or wrap 2-3 spears in a thin slice of beef or ham for a great start to a romantic meal.
This root vegetable was used extensively by Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction. The carrot is said to have a particularly aphrodisiac effect on men. Originally from Afghanistan, carrots are a great medicine and have been shown to be anti-cancerous, artery protecting and a great source of beta- carotene. Beta-carotene is a great antioxidant and protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals, so it keeps you looking good enough to eat too.
Eat in Colour tip: Simply add grated carrot to meat sauce recipes such as Bolognese.
This fiery root vegetable has reputation for stimulating more than just the tastebuds and it comes with a crunch which makes it worth sinking your teeth into.
Eat in Colour tip: Serve whole and raw with a little stalk intact for dipping into hummus or taramasalata. Perfect for feeding to the one you love. Try it blindfolded.
To the Aztecs this fruit was known as ahucatl, which means 'testicle', but it was left to the Spanish to spread the news of the avocado's stimulating powers. In the confessional Catholic priests forbade it to their parishioners.
Eat in Colour tip: Make a BLT salad with crispy lettuce, sliced avocado, grilled chopped bacon and quartered tomatoes. That should help fortify him for a lunchtime rendezvous.
Plump and sweet flavoured, apricots where thought by the ancient Chinese to indicate a romantic, sensual nature, engaging to the libido as well as the palate.
Eat in Colour tip: Bake apricots in an ovenproof dish with a centimetre of white grape juice in the oven at 170˚C/gas 4 for 15-20 minutes until the fruit is soft but still holding its shape. Serve with a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
As well as an erotic shape the banana has also been associated with erotic energy in the Tantric tradition. Legend has it that the serpent that tempted Eve hid in a bunch of bananas. Bananas are also rich in B vitamins believed to help manufacture sex hormones.
Eat in Colour tip: Mash with soft white cheese and 1-2 tablespoons of icing sugar for an instant cheesecake topping.
Tibetan monks are not allowed to enter the monastery if they have been eating garlic because of its reputation for stirring up passions. Garlic also ‘increases circulation’.
Eat in Colour tip: Cut a lemon and a whole bulb of garlic in half and stuff into a chicken before roasting in the normal way.
8) Ginger root
Ginger root has been enjoyed as an aphrodisiac for centuries because of its scent and because it stimulates the circulatory system.
Eat in Colour tip: Add thinly sliced or grated ginger and soy sauce to stir-fried vegetables for an authentic eastern flavour with a little heat.
The peach is a seductive fruit by virtue of its shape and other characteristics. It has been attributed with seductive qualities which may be due to the vitamins and minerals present in the fruit which contributes to the body's overall well-being.
Eat in Colour tip: Halve a ripe peach and remove the stone. Fill the small cavity with a little fromage frais mixed with crushed digestive biscuit (or amaretti) and spread a layer over the rest of the top of the peach. Grill, bake or barbecue until warmed through and serve with cold cream or yogurt.
Rich in vitamin C and is used in the homeopathic treatment of impotence. Add a chunk to a sweet Rum cocktail for a tasty prelude to an amorous evening.
Eat in Colour tip: Add slices of pineapple to a hot frying pan with a knob of melted butter and a sprinkling of dark brown sugar. Gently fry until each side is golden brown, then add a dash of brandy or dark rum and serve flaming with cream.
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Humble celery has been used to treat a number of ailments including high blood pressure and has been found to contain a number of anti-cancer compounds. Its stimulating effects are well known in Sweden where the famous author Hagdahl described celery as 'straight forward arousing'. The Romans dedicated celery to Pluto, their god of sex. Celery is known to contain androsterone. This is a male hormone that is able to stimulate the sexual arousal of females.
Eat in Colour tip: Gently fry chopped celery with chopped bacon and sliced mushrooms until soft. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and some fresh basil for a fantastic homemade pasta sauce.
Aside from its phallic shape, the scent of cucumbers is believed to stimulate women by increasing blood flow to the vagina.
Eat in Colour tip: Add half a finely chopped cucumber and a handful of chopped mint leaves to a small pot of natural yoghurt to create a wonderful creamy dip and fantastic side dish for a hot curry or other spicy dishes.
Rocket has been considered an aphrodisiac since the first century and was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios.
Eat in Colour tip: Put a layer of rocket onto a slice of panini or ciabatta, top with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella and toast under the grill.
A rather dull looking vegetable, but turnips are known to lend strength to soups, stews and you!
Eat in Colour tip: Add thin slices of turnip to your stir fry – it is amazingly good at absorbing flavours and adds great texture.
5) Dates (the edible sort)
According to Arabian folklore, these delectably moist fruits are said to arouse desire, especially in women.
Eat in Colour tip: add finely chopped dates to porridge or rice pudding – the rich flavour transforms the worthy into the worth-eating!
Associated with passion and fertility, their aroma is alleged to excite women and is therefore a common ingredient in creams and soaps.
Eat in Colour tip: Warm almonds on a baking tray in a hot oven until they are just turning brown. Remove and toss in dark brown sugar and leave to cool and then nibble slowly. The nuts that is…
This erotic, fleshy fruit is said to act as a powerful sexual stimulant. Ritual love-making followed the arrival of the new fig crop in ancient Greece and it is said to have been Cleopatra's favourite fruit.
Eat in Colour tip: quarter fresh figs and serve with thin slices of serrano ham on a bed of chopped fennel dressed in lemon juice and olive oil. Very sophisticated but only takes a moment to make so you can save you energy for later.
8) Raspberries & strawberries
Both raspberries and strawberries are regarded as powerful aphrodisiacs, especially when combined with Champagne. Both invite love and are described in erotic literature as ‘fruit nipples’.
Eat in Colour tip: Whizz up a punnet of raspberries or strawberries in a blender and pour over icecream – the livid colour and the sweet tang are enough to get anyone’s juices flowing.
Papaya is oestrogenic, meaning it has compounds that act as the female hormone oestrogen. It has been used as a folk remedy in promoting menstruation and milk production, facilitating childbirth and increasing the female libido.
Eat in Colour tip: toss together a green leaf bagged salad, small cubes of Spanish Manchego cheese and slices of ripe, peeled papaya to create a seductive salad with a hint of the tropics.
For centuries, people said that basil stimulated the sex drive and boosted fertility as well as producing a general sense of well being. The scent of basil was said to drive men wild - so much so that women would dust their breasts with dried and powdered basil.
Eat in Colour tip: take 4 basil leaves, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, two tinned tomatoes and blend together. Stir into hot pasta for two. Just add candlelight and a little Italian music.
These and many other simple tips on serving up a feast of fruit and vegetables are available at www.eatincolour.com.
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