My vegetable love should grow vaster than empires
“To his Coy Mistress,” by Andrew Marvell
For Valentine’s Day, skip the Viagra, go for vegetables. Plant-based foods aren’t just good for you, they can make you feel good, too. Real good. They’re edible aphrodisiac and they’re available without a prescription.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which ramps up progesterone. Celery is high in vitamin C, friend of all the sex hormones. Fennel, too, is C-rich and also has that licorice thing going. Studies show the mere scent of licorice can jumpstart blood flow down below. And just think about fennel, celery and carrots, how they look. They’re long, firm and erect, providing inspiring visual cues. They’re plant porn.
Zinc, the go-to mineral for guy sex, keeps sperm and heart pumping. It’s found in oysters, long considered an aphrodisiac (although not for the oyster), but also in animal-friendly legumes, oatmeal and nuts. Almonds in particular have amatory properties, being fragrant and shaped like a woman’s hips. They’re also rich in vitamin E, which benefits the bod, and in B vitamins, which top off your testosterone.
Leafy greens, barley, beans, nuts, artichokes and that very sexy fruit, the fig are my treasured sources for magnesium, which releases happy-making drugs in the brain. So does chocolate (hey, cacao is a bean). I would happily go on (and on) about vegetable love, about Andrew Marvell and other metaphysical poets, but I had you at chocolate, didn’t I? So here, for Valentine’s Day, is a chocolate raspberry tart, made with love and plants.