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Aphrodisiacs - 10 Essential Ingredients for a Romantic Valentine's Day

by Jana on February 05, 2013

Aphrodisiacs have long been known for their romantic powers. 

Looking to make a romantic meal for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day? Inspired by Chef James Porter of Petite Maison, here are the top 10 aphrodisiacs.

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Ginger: Increases blood circulation, and hence libido.

Fennel: A source of natural plant estrogens, used as libido enhancement

Salmon: Omega 3's elevate serotonin levels and enhance mood

Oysters: High in zinc, which has been associated with improving sexual potency in men.

Avocado: Rich in folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E and potassium - all said to increase hormone production.

Chili: Capsaicin increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings.

Vanilla: The enticing aroma is said to induce feelings of passion and desire.

Coffee: Increases the levels of dopamine, boosting the pleasure system of your brain.

Chocolate: Releases the chemicals phenylethylamine and serotonin, increasing feelings of well-being and excitement.

Honey: Made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation.

Sounds enticing, doesn't it! If you're intrigued by the power of the aphrodisiac, we've got two great recipes that include some of these ingredients.  Looking for the perfect wine to serve?  Check out our romantic One Last Kiss Wines.

RECIPES:

Cocoa & Chile Rubbed Pork Chops & One Last Kiss Red Blend

Snapper with Orange and Fennel Salad & One Last Kiss White Blend

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