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February 7-13, 2007

While scientists question the ability of food to loosen the libido, why not conduct some Valentine's Day experiments of your own with these five reported aphrodisiacs?

Asparagus Given its phallic shape, asparagus is frequently enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous experience.

Almond A symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female. Try serving marzipan (almond paste) for a special after-dinner treat.

Figs An open fig is thought to emulate the female sex organs and was traditionally regarded as a sexual stimulant. Serve fresh black Mission figs in a cool bowl of water as it is done in Italy and be sure to eat with your fingers.

Pine nuts Zinc is a key mineral necessary to maintain male potency, and pine nuts are rich in zinc. Serve pine nut cookies with a dark espresso for a stimulating dessert.

Vanilla The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. According to the Australian Orchid Society, "Old Totonac lore has it that Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth. Unable to marry him due to her divine nature, she transformed herself into a plant that would provide pleasure and happiness."

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