Do oysters really have aphrodisiac powers?.. Yessss!!! And there is even scientific proof to prove it!
The term “aphrodisiac” comes from the same root as the name of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Aphrodisiacs are items thought to have special properties that increase sexual desire.
According to a Huffington Post article by Julie Thomson, oysters contain a high amount of zinc, which increases the libido and sperm production in those who consume it. Oysters are also “rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones,” according to an article about oyster aphrodisiacs in The Telegraph by Adam Lusher. Through experimentation, scientists noted that oyster consumption increases both testosterone in men and progesterone in women, which in turn increase sexual appetite.
Those who are allergic to shellfish, fret not — there are many other kids of aphrodisiacs that may also turn the night around.
Since stores are increasing their deals on chocolate, take those deals. Chocolate is known to be another type of aphrodisiac. Chocolate triggers an increased amount of dopamine in the human body. Dopamine, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration, is a neurotransmitter that helps stimulate feelings of pleasure in the human brain. This is why when people upset over a breakup often have a box of chocolates on the side. So when you are having dinner on that special night, make sure to grab a slice of chocolate fudge cake.
How do Louisianians do Oysters? Answer: Anyway we can!
Drago's Restaurant, a popular spot for locals and travelers to get there oyster fix in the New Orleans area, developed the perfect recipe for Charbroiling Oysters.
Makes 18 Drago's Charbroiled Oysters
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients:
- 8 ounces (2 sticks) softened butter
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch dried oregano
- 1 1/2 dozen large, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses, mixed
- 2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Heat a gas or charcoal grill. In a medium bowl, mix butter with garlic, pepper, and oregano.
Place oysters on the half shell right over the hottest part. Spoon enough of the seasoned butter over the oysters so that some of it will overflow into the fire and flame up a bit.
- The oysters are ready when they puff up and get curly on the sides, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan and Romano and the parsley on top. Serve on the shells immediately with hot French bread.
There is always the raw option. In this case you need the perfect sauce!
Combine all ingredients.
Now you are ready to ENJOY!!! Happy Valentine's Day from Totally Nawlins!
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