In Season: Aphrodisiac ingredients you should be eating right now

Here's a list of in season ingredients you should pick up at your market right now, and why. Photo: Amy Reiley

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2013 Here is a list of in season ingredients you should pick up at your market right now and why.

Arugula: Also called rocket, arugula was a favorite aphrodisiac among the ancient Romans. We now know that the spicy, spring green’s sensual reputation can be attributed to a potent cocktail of vitamins and minerals. Arugula is an excellent source of antioxidants, think leafy fountain of youth. It also contains trace amounts of minerals essential to maintaining sexual health, including iron, potassium and manganese. When buying arugula, select bunches of small, tender leaves. A vibrant green color indicates freshness—avoid any bunches with yellowing leaves. Add it to salads, pestos, dips or lightly sauté for a libido-boosting side dish. For more on arugula’s sexy side, visit

Apricots: Apricots featured as an aphrodisiac for many cultures throughout history. Their elevated status was likely due in part to their beauty-enhancing nutrients. A single serving offers more than 50% of your daily beta-carotene intake. They are also high in iron, a key fertility nutrient. Let us not forget that apricots, eaten whole, provide an excellent source of bloat-battling fiber. Apricot season is short, get your fill while they are at their prime. Apricots are perfect raw, but they also make a delicious pie filling or apple-like sauce.

Strawberries: In ancient Rome, the strawberry was a symbol of Venus, goddess of love. These goddess fruits are now considered a symbol of spring. One that has the potential to take sexual health to new heights. A great source of vitamin C, they will increase blood flow not just to the heart but to those all-important regions below the belt. Of course, an added benefit is that they support cardiovascular health, which is essential for a night of bedroom gymnastics. At the peak of ripeness, strawberries are their most sweet but also their most perishable. Select the most vibrant red, most fragrant berries you can find and store them in the refrigerator, wrapped in a dry paper towel to promote freshness.

Wild Mushrooms: Mushrooms were once believed to bring immortality to the diner. It has also been reported to cause a state of sexual ecstasy in women. While we know eating mushrooms will not make us immortal, there is likely something to the other legend. It is suspected that hormone-like compounds present in the forest fungus may possess similarities to human neurotransmitters released in females during sexual encounters. What effect the mighty mushroom may have on men is unknown, but think of how delicious it could be to experiment? Spring is the season of wild mushrooms including morels, porcini and lobster mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can add intensity to any dish. One of my favorites is my recipe for duck eggs with morels.

Amy Reiley is the author of Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook and Romancing the Stove.

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Amy Reiley

Amy Reiley is a food & wine writer, cookbook author, speaker and consultant recognized as a leading authority on aphrodisiac foods. She has a Master of Arts in Gastronomy awarded by France’s culinary temple, Le Cordon Bleu. It was during her time studying at Cordon Bleu, Amy rose to prominence for her work in culinary aphrodisiacs.

In 2006, Amy releases her first book, Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook. She is now the author of 4 cookbooks on the topic, including award-winning Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods. Her expertise has landed her guest spots on The Today Show, CBS Early Show, NPR and the Playboy Channel to name a few.

Amy is also the editorial director of EatSomethingSexy, as well as an internationally published wine critic and columnist. 


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