Food can be very sexy. Not just the mascots hawking our favorite treats (lookin’ at you, Chester Cheetah), but how the actual dishes look, the way in which we eat them, and the occasions we associate with particular meals. Date night or not, there are certain combinations of ingredients that are so harmonious they can be, dare we say, orgasmic.
But what of the ingredients themselves? If you’re trying to put together the most sensual Valentine’s Day meal possible, where do you start? These aphrodisiacs all come with their own lusty histories, visual associations to our reproductive organs, and even some scientific reasoning that’s sure to get you in the mood. And lest you worry that you’ll be forced to down straight oysters and pistachios for a night of pleasure, fear not. We’ve included recipes (or simply serving suggestions) for each ingredient to help you create some unexpected carnal concoctions.