Top 5 Foods to Ignite Romance

Throughout history, certain foods have earned a reputation for their ability to spark passion and enhance desire. Commonly referred to as aphrodisiacs, these culinary delights have been celebrated for their alleged ability to stimulate the senses and create an atmosphere of intimacy. Follow us as we explore the top 5 foods that have long been associated with romance and sensuality.

Top 5 Foods to Spark Passion

  1. Oysters

Oysters have held a revered status as an aphrodisiac for centuries. These bivalve mollusks are rich in zinc, a mineral crucial for the production of testosterone, a hormone linked to sexual desire in both men and women. Best served raw on the half-shell with a squeeze of lemon, you can enjoy oysters from September to April.

One of the best places to try them is at Café de Turin in Nice which has been serving seafood platters since 1908. Their oysters come from the famous Roumégous family who have been harvesting oysters in Charente-Maritime since 1891 and who now own the Café. They also deliver over 60 tons each year to restaurants all along the French Riviera.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has been hailed not only for its delicious taste but also for its potential to stimulate pleasure and desire. It is packed with phenylethylamine, a compound associated with the release of endorphins. No reason to hold back as dark chocolate can induce feelings of euphoria and mimic the sensation of falling in love.

Established in 2015 in the old town of Grasse, Maison Duplanteur has transformed chocolate-making into an art form.  After a visit of the factory, discover its unique Grands Crus chocolate bars that pay homage to the local flower industry, and are adorned with delicate petals of roses or violets.

  1. Asparagus

Asparagus, with its phallic shape and tender texture, has been considered an aphrodisiac in various cultures. Rich in folate and vitamin E, asparagus promotes the production of histamine, a compound essential for the increase of sexual arousal. Grilled, roasted, or sautéed, asparagus can be a versatile addition to any romantic dinner.

From March to April, local wild asparagus known as “spargou” in Provençal language, can be found in areas close to forests. Make sure you bring a sharp knife and only pick the young tender stalks. Alternatively, drive to Bruno Oger’s Bistrot des Anges near Cannes and sample his delicious spring menu.

  1. Honey

Sweet and golden, honey has been associated with love and fertility in many cultures. Rich in B vitamins and boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels, honey is believed to boost energy and enhance stamina. The sticky, luscious nature of honey makes it a tempting addition to a variety of dishes, from drizzling it over fruits to incorporating it into marinades.

Head to Le Tignet, a short drive from Grasse, for a honey tasting with Jean-Louis Lautard. He is a passionate beekeeper, specializing in single origin honey and he will enchant you with his knowledge of the life of bees.

  1. Avocado

The creamy texture and rich flavour of avocados have earned them a place on the list of aphrodisiac foods. Packed with vitamin E, potassium, and healthy fats, avocados contribute to overall cardiovascular health, essential for maintaining stamina and energy levels. Whether sliced in a salad or mashed into guacamole, avocados can be a delicious and nutritious addition to a romantic meal.

France is the top consumer of avocados in Europe and market gardeners on the French Riviera are trying their hand at growing avocados. Laurent Gannac produces tasty organic avocados in Menton, a seaside town more famous for its amazing Lemon Festival.

While the scientific evidence behind the aphrodisiac properties of these foods may vary, incorporating them into a romantic meal can be a delightful way to set the mood and create an intimate atmosphere. Ultimately, the key to igniting passion lies in the shared experience and connection between partners, making any meal a potential aphrodisiac in its own right.

Isabelle Bryan
Isabelle Bryan
Isabelle is a co-founder and editor of Riviera Traveller. She has lived in France, the UK and Australia and is equally at ease writing in English and French. She has been coming to the South of France since she was a child and now lives here with her young daughter. She has been published in ELLE, Premiere Movie Magazine, the Melbourne Age, the Australian Financial Review magazine and the Herald Sun. Isabelle loves swimming in the turquoise waters off the Iles de Lerins or strolling around the outdoor sculptures at Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence.

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