Oysters: the most famous of the edible aphrodisiacs.
Is it their visual likeness to the female sex organ? The silky and slippery consistency of the freshly shucked oyster meat? The almost erotic way they are tipped back, swallowed whole and fresh? Maybe it is all three that makes them so famous in the culinary world.
They say that Casanova, the 18th century seducer, would feast on oysters for breakfast, readying him for the night of philandering ahead no doubt.
But oysters have been raved about as a libido boosting food long before then, dating back to the Romans and beyond.
Yet it is only recently that scientific research has proven evidence that the humble oyster more than just an old wives’ tale.
Oysters and other molluscs such as muscles and clams hold within them rare amino acids that are known to have a direct correlation to increased sexual hormones in both men and women.
So if you happen upon some fresh oysters and plan to serve these sensual creatures of the sea as a pre-date appetiser then you maybe in for a treat later on once the nutrients has kicked in.
Simply serve the oysters fresh in their shells, on a bed of ice with a squeeze of lemon or a drop of hot sauce. Devine to taste and decedent to experience.