Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aphrodisiac Food Region

You’re in the right place for Valentine’s Day! It’s all here; all the Lustful food your heart desires is grown in this region.

Vanilla; according to an old Mexican folklore, was the plant that the young daughter of the fertility goddess transformed herself into, so she could provide pleasure and happiness to her earthly lover.

Pure chocolate contains a number of "love and feel-good chemicals" which releases dopamine in the pleasure centres of the brain. The Aztecs referred to chocolate as ‘nourishment of the Gods’ for its serotonin; known to promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.

The Aztecs also identified the aphrodisiac quality of the fruit hanging in pairs on the avocado tree and called it "Ahuacuatl “ which translates to something that resembles the male anatomy, but enjoyed for its sensual texture of the avocado.

A ‘honeymoon’ was named for the first month of a marriage where people would give the couple enough mead (honey wine) to last a month and ensure happiness and fertility and sweeten their union. Honey was also used in Egyptian medicine as a cure for sterility. Similarly Coriander was mentioned in the 1000 year old Book of The Arabian nights, as an ingredient in a fertility concoction to cure a childless couple of 40 years.

Coffee is a well know stimulant of the body and the mind, and chilli, turmeric, and ginger stirs the circulation to add a bit of spice to your life.

Popular aphrodisiac fruits are bananas, strawberries, and pineapples, for their richness in potassium and vitamins. But shellfish and in particular oysters are probably the food most associated with being an aphrodisiac, because of their high zinc content and omega 3 qualities.

…and to think! We have all these luscious sexy foods right here in the tropics for Valentine’s Day.

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