Romantic foods – we’ve all heard of. But have you heard of the romantic fruits? Ok! Let us tell you more about them so that you can have passion and health this Valentine’s Day while firing up your life with these sumptuous, juicy and luscious fruits!
Did you know that lychee is a symbol of sensuality, romance and love in China? Legend has it that the Emperor of Tang Dynasty would woo his favourite concubine with this fragrant fruit! Lychee is also loaded with vitamins and minerals. This sweet smelling pulp is full of flavonoids which help in fighting breast cancer. The Vitamin C in the fruit is beneficial for those suffering from cold, fever or even sore throat, apart from strengthening bones and smoothening the skin! So, this Valentine’s day go ahead and send a basket full of love… oops lychees to the love of your life!
A perfect little heart that too edible! Now if that is not romantic, what is! Strawberries have been considered an aphrodisiac since the times of ancient Rome. The heart-shaped fruit was said to be the symbol of Venus – the goddess of love! And the French are said to have fed strawberry soup to newlyweds in order to promote honeymoon romance! In addition, strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrition. It is an excellent source of Vitamin which acts as an immunity booster, the antioxidant properties help prevent cataract in the eye and the chemical ellagic acid helps suppress growth of cancer cells! Do you need to know more? Dip the edible heart in a delectably rich chocolate sauce or sweet cream and you have the simplest, yet perfect seduction tool!
Did you know that pineapple has always been ‘prescribed’ as a ‘cure’ for impotence? Traditionally, it is used by homeopaths for treating patients suffering from impotence. In fact, you will find several online pineapple cocktail recipes for ‘improved libido’! We are not sure how these cocktails work, but from a nutritional standpoint, we can assure you that pineapple can be yet another aphrodisiac.
Pineapples are a rich source of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin for the production of happy hormones. It is rich in antioxidants, which keep your skin glowing, young and radiant. The fruit is a powerhouse of manganese which is essential for sexual health, especially for men (now you know where it gets its reputation for fighting impotence)! Don’t forget to add this to your ‘love’ basket!
Yet another revered aphrodisiac with an intoxicating aroma! Figs have been considered a symbol of fertility for centuries by many cultures. Figs are said to have been Cleopatra’s favourite food and Greeks believed that it was a gift from Dionysus – the god of wine, ecstasy and wanton behaviour!
Now, talking about the fruit’s nutritional benefits – figs have natural AHA properties that gives your skin a refreshed and bright look. It is also high in phytochemicals that help fight cancer and also protect your skin from UV rays. Figs are also known to enhance sexual powers. Another addition to your basket!
Wine – one of the finest symbols of romance – comes from grapes! Grapes have always been associated with love and fertility. In ancient Greece, newlyweds were given clusters as they believed that grape’s seeds would bless the couple with lots of children! In addition to essential vitamins and minerals, grapes are rich in polyphenols such as flavonoids. Flavonoids protect you against health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Grapes are packed with phytochemicals which in turn contain anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, essential for your skin health. Drinking grape juice everyday will give you a radiant, blemish-free, young looking skin! And, what can be more romantic than hand-feeding these juicy green/purple jewels to your partner!
There might not be scientific evidence to support the aphrodisiac properties of these ‘romantic’ fruits, but fruits are good for health and this Valentine’s Day, express your feelings in a fresh, new way!
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