10 Sexy Foods and What to Do with Them

Oh, just use your imagination

These 10 foods are known to boost your sex drive. Even if those claims aren't legit, sometimes they just look like male or female sex organs. Whatever! Either way, it can’t hurt to whip them up for a sexy meal. So here they are — 10 aphrodisiacs, and 10 awesomely delicious ways to prepare them.

Almonds
Why: Almonds have always been seen as a symbol of fertility, and it is said (by poets, anyway) that the aroma alone arouses women.

Make: How about these delicious Chocolate Almond Toffee Bars from Seven Spoons?

Asparagus

Why: According to an English herbalist from the 17th century, asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." It also makes your pee smell bad, but if you’re desperate, you’re desperate. It’s due in part to the high concentration of folic acid, which boosts histamine production that’s needed for men and women to orgasm.

Make: How about this delicious Baked Asparagus Frittata from Cookie and Kate?

Avocado
Why: Ever since the Aztecs called this fruit "ahuacuatl," or "testicle tree," it’s been associated with sex. Catholic priests in Spain found it so obscene they forbade it. And you will never look at it again in the same way.

Make: Guacamole. Obviously. Try this twist on guacamole from 101 Cookbooks.

Bananas
Why: Scientists say that it’s packed with the bromeliad enzyme, which enhances the male libido. But for women, it’s probably the shape.

Make: How about bananas Foster from Pioneer Woman?

Basil
Why: The smell alone is known to turn people on, and get your heart racing.

Make: White pizza! White pizza! From Lottie + Doof.

Chocolate
Why: Oh my God, it’s full of complicated words like anandamide and phenylethylamine, which are love chemicals that release dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peak during orgasm. Also, cacao is known to relax people.

Make: You can’t go wrong with red wine chocolate cake from Smitten Kitchen, can you?

Figs
Why: OK, so figs kind of look like the female sex organ, but they go way back. Like Bible days, and in ancient Greece, when they were associated with love and fertility.

Make: This flatbread pizza with figs, goat cheese, and balsamic from palate/palette/plate.

Garlic
Why: Strong like bull, garlic’s allicin increases blood flow.

Make: Something else. Ugh, garlic breath.

Honey
Why: The sweet stuff has boron, a mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. Scientists say it helps enhance testosterone levels, too.

Make: Honey, goat cheese, and pistachio truffles from The Year In Food.

Oysters
Why: Lots of zinc, which is known to help produce sperm and increase libido. Too bad they’re so awkward to eat.

Make: I don’t eat oysters, but if I did I would make broiled oysters with Sriracha lime from Big Girls Small Kitchen.
 

— Lauren Passell, HowAboutWe

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