Curious about what to make for dinner this Valentine’s Day? On this holiday, many people center their menus around aphrodisiacs, substances that are considered to increase sexual desire. Some foods are classified as aphrodisiacs solely because of their shapes, while others claim that their smells, tastes or textures enhance their “love” powers.
Chocolate is one of the most commonly known aphrodisiacs. Scientists have found that chocolate contains phenylethylamine and seratonin, or the “feel good” chemicals that our brains release when we feel loving or passionate. Other commonly known aphrodisiacs include bananas, ginger root, oysters, aniseed, and many more.
Aphrodisiacs have been privy to strange customs because of their supposed benefits. In medieval Persia during the month following their wedding, couples drank mead, the alcoholic honey drink, every day to have a successful marriage. Also, centuries ago, women used to dust their chests with basil powder because the herb was fabled to drive men wild.
Want to take advantage of these culinary love potions? Check out these Valentine’s Day recipes that the New York Times featured here!
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