The myth of The Aphrodisiac

Afrodisíaco

The theme about lo aphrodisiac is a gossip that has been going around from century to century but what not everyone knows is the secret behind this believe.

The word aphrodisiac comes from the Greek goddess of Love Aphrodite that lived in the old Roman era. She represented for them the sensuality, love, fertility and sexual energy. There’s where it comes different myths about which symbols, elements, fragrances or ingredients are aphrodisiac. Here you have them:

Almonds

almond has been a fertility symbol for centuries. It’s believed that the sweet aroma of the almond leads women to passion. The suggestion is to serve it in your romantic dinner in some way…there comes the tradition of giving almonds in weddings.
 
Asparagus
phallic shape helps to consider the asparagus an aphrodisiac food. Boiled or steamed is how they work the best. The Vegetarian Society says that eating asparagus for three days in a row can cause powerful effects.
 
Aníse 
It’s a very popular aphrodisiac with varied culinary uses. Since the old Greece it was considered an aphrodisiac. The Romans also considered it a powerful aphrodisiac.
 
Arugula
arugula has been documented as an aphrodisiac food since Century I b.C. Nowadays is a popular ingredient in modern cuisine very common in salads, pizzas, with Parmesan cheese and even in pastas.
 
Avocado
The Azteca civilization used to call the avocado tree "Ahuacuatl", which means “testicle tree”. This delicious fruit can be served in many ways in dinner…don’t forget to use the imagination and some of my recipes…he! he!
 
Plantains
The flowers of this plant have a phallic shape responsible of the popularity of the bananas as aphrodisiac food. An Islamic myth tells a story where after Eve and Adam surrendered to the apple, they started to cover up their nudity with plantain leaves. Nowadays is known that plantains are very rich in potassium and vitamins B, necessary to the production of the sexual hormone.
 
Chocolate
Aztecans referred to chocolate as “food of the Gods". Chocolate has chemical components with effects in the brain and a substance somewhat like caffeine, called "theobromine". Chocolate has more antioxidants than red wine. The secret of passion is the combination of these two ingredients… ummyyyyy!!!
 
Carrots
Another good reason to eat the healthy carrots is that they say that they’re stimulant for men. The phallic shape could have easily created this belief since old times. Today we all know about the rich components of the carrots in vitamins and beta carotene. You could prepare them as dessert, cream or as a side dish for meats, fish…sautéed or in stews.
 
Coffee
Caffeine is also much known as a stimulant so it is essential to keep you “awake” through the knight.
 
Figs
An open fig is thought as the feminine sexual organ and it was traditionally considered as a sexual stimulant.
 
Garlic
It’s said that the core of the garlic takes off the sexual desire. Make sure NOT to use it in “his/her” romantic dinner…he! he!
 
Honey 
Many of the medicines in the Egyptian era were made with honey, including the remedies for sexual impotence and sterility. Lovers in their "honey moon" use to drink water with barley honey to sweeten it.
 
Mostaza
Se cree desde muy antiguamente que estimulaba las glándulas sexuales e incrementaba el deseo.

Ostras
Ya desde época romana se las consideraba un potente afrodisíaco. Era mencionado en documentos que datan del siglo II a de. C. Otras hipótesis se centran en el parecido entre las otras y los genitales femeninos. En realidad las ostras son muy nutritivas y son ricas en proteínas.

Piña
Rica en Vitamina C y utilizada en tratamiento homeopáticos para la impotencia. Combina muy bien con las bebidas alcohólicas.

Frambuesas y Fresas
Es la perfecta comida para los amantes "invita al amor y es descrita en la literatura erótica como "pezones de fruta"!. Ambas son ricas en vitamina C y para hacer postres son deliciosas.

Trufas
Los griegos y los romanos consideraban que la trufa era afrodisíaca. Al parecer estimula y sensibiliza la piel cuando se toca…es carísima así que solo nos imaginaremos que la tocamos usando su aceite en pastas, carnes o pescados.

Vainilla
Se dice que el aroma y el sabor de la vainilla incrementa la pasión… a comer  helado de vainilla ;)

Vino
Un vaso o dos de vino pueden estimular un romántico interludio. El vino relaja y ayuda a estimular nuestros sentidos. Beber vino puede ser una experiencia erótica: el color del líquido, el movimiento en el vaso, el sabor y tacto en los labios. Pero hay que beberlo con moderación.

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