2023 Valentine’s Day Food, Gift, and Wine Recommendations
When Bacchus Meets Venus
On Valentine’s Day each year it has been traditional for me to write about which foods and wines deliver benefits for the libido. Instead of offering a dinner menu this year, as I wrote in 2022 with “A Romantic Libido-Enhancing Valentine’s Day Menu,” I am going to suggest some food, wine, and gifts to please your sweetheart. Singles take note: 25 Things to Do When You’re Single on Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.
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According to researchers reporting in The Telegraph, July 2009, levels of sexual desire are higher in women who are moderate drinkers of red wine than in their counterparts who prefer other alcoholic drinks. Find a wine that is full of antioxidants and resveratrol from grapes like Sagrantino, Pinot Noir, or Tannat. See Wine Recommendations below.
The American educator and author Edith Hamilton, who wrote Mythology, tells us “the influence” of Dionysus (in Roman religion, Bacchus) could make his worshippers—those Greeks who drank his wine—do what they didn’t think they could do. The story says wine has the power to change our hearts. It says wine has the power to seduce us.
Bhimu Patil, researcher and director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, stated eating watermelon delivers Viagra-like effects on blood vessels throughout the body and may increase libido! This cool refreshing fruit contains citrulline amino acid. Citrulline is good for the cardiovascular system and helps relax the blood vessels that increase sex drive. Try Michael Symon, Food Network, Watermelon and Feta Salad.
The Aztecs referred to cacao as nourishment of the Gods. Modern day foodies know raw cacao in its pure unadulterated form is a superfood. It has more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. It also contains a stimulating chemical known as phenylethlamine (PEA) that stimulates the sense of excitement and well-being. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found that women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn’t. PEA is also known as the “love at first sight” chemical according to neurobiologists. Dr. Hector Sabelli, a scientist at the Center for Creative Development in Chicago, believes that even with indirect proof, “PEA may be the hormone of libido.”
Regarded as a potent spice for treating impotence, cardamom has long been deemed a powerful aphrodisiac. Cardamom contains high concentrations of the compound 1,8-cineole, which increases blood flow and releases muscular tension. Its aroma is equally as stimulating and piques the senses. Try baking Chocolate and Cardamom Muffins to combine the effects.
Organic Sicilian avocados are taking Europe by storm, and evidently no one can get enough of them. Why not? The ancient Aztecs’ nickname for avocado was “ahuacatl,” or “testicle,” because of the fruit’s shapely form. The Catholic Spanish priests found avocados so sexy, they forbade their parishioners to eat them. According to healthline, avocados are rich in vitamin E and zinc, essentials for fertility and testosterone production.
Valentine Gifts for Your Sweetheart
Godiva Dark Chocolate Gift Box, $20-$215
Decadent dark chocolate choices with expedited shipping offered.
An authentic wine barrel head wall sign, Personalized for your bar or wine cellar.
Dictionary of Aphrodisiacs by Harry Wedeck, Hardcover, $21.95
A mischievous collection of potions, herbs, prescriptions. and recipes, this dictionary reveals many intriguing ways for lovers to enrich a relationship.'
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