This Valentine’s Day, The Milestone Hotel & Residences has done all the hard work for you. If you’re hoping to craft the ultimate dinner to set the mood, here’s everything you need to know to select all the right ingredients…
Tomatoes: once called 'Peruvian Apples', which indicates their South American origins. The unique musky scent and taste are the origins of their aphrodisiac reputation.
Oysters: low in fat and high in minerals. Casanova is said to have consumed 50 a day for breakfast.
Beets: Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, ate beets to make herself more appealing.
Rocket: a peppery plant that has been documented as a natural aphrodisiac since the first century A.D.
Eggs: a symbol of fertility. This famous aphrodisiac’s power is in its aroma. Before a vanilla-specked morsel can hit the tongue, the hypothalamus, the gland that controls memory and emotion, jumps into action, evoking feelings connected with its powerful scent.
Seafood: Aphrodite was born from sea foam, so in general, any type of seafood is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
Red meat: boosts level of dopamine and norepinephrine, which increases the heart rate. Both, according to studies at the University of Texas, may be important in female arousal. Not that they aren’t great for men too, with a good dose of zinc.
Rice: linked to fertility and thrown at weddings.
Truffle: according to the famed French gastronome Brillat-Savarin: "Whoever says 'truffle' utters a great word which arouses erotic and gastronomic memories."
Honey: the word honeymoon derives from the ancient custom that for the first lunar month after marriage, a newly married couple would drink mead (honeyed wine). The Egyptians offered honey to the God of fertility, Min.
Strawberries: a perfect little red heart, the aphrodisiac strawberry is an edible Valentine. In ancient Rome, the strawberry was a symbol of Venus.
We hope this guide provides plenty of menu-planning inspiration, but if you’d rather someone else does the hard work this Valentine’s Day, The Milestone’s extra-special Valentine’s menu combines all of these ingredients and more.