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Fresh Garlic – More Than A Flavor Booster On Valentine’s Day…

The annual day of love, Saint Valentine’s Day, Hallmark holiday, Singles Unite - however you identify February 14 - has almost arrived.

Gentlemen – you can run, but unfortunately, you can’t hide. You have Emperor Claudius II to blame for putting Feb. 14 on a pedestal. It was he who decided single men were better soldiers, thus outlawing marriage for young men. So, Valentine, a courageous romantic, defied Claudius by secretly conducting marriages for young lovers, ultimately becoming the namesake of Valentine’s Day.

Just a little history for you on this Friday morning – never know when Jeopardy might throw ya a Saint Valentine question.

Hate Claudius or love him, Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while you may not associate fresh garlic with the beloved – or dreaded – holiday, you, my friend, are wrong. Not only is California heirloom garlic featured in many a love-inspired dish, but garlic is also considered an aphrodisiac.

Not suggesting anything for your Valentine’s itinerary; merely stating a fact. Fresh garlic, however, is not alone in the aphrodisiac family, as fellow members include oysters, figs, artichokes, honey, chocolate, chili peppers, pine nuts, grapes, basil, asparagus, cucumbers and more (never knew love was so healthy?) See New York Times article, “A Viagra Alternative To Serve By Candlelight.” 

Why garlic, you may ask? Well, according to the Times article, ”garlic contains an amino acid that enhances blood flow and could augment…” – err, well, read the article.

So, if you’re striving to impress your Valentine date, we’ve compiled several aphrodisiac-heavy recipes, guaranteed to boost their taste buds – or love life.

Duck Breasts With Pears and Shallots

Oysters Rockefeller

Pomegranate-Marinated Lamb With Spices & Couscous - see all of Bon Appetite’s Sexy Food Slideshow

Gratin Dauphinois

Crostini With Prosciutto, Figs and Mint

Wild Mushroom Pasta – See all of Epicurious’ Valentine’s Day menus

Pan-Roasted Veal Chops With Cabernet Sauce - see all of Food and Wine’s Romantic Dishes

Stuffed Artichokes - see all Recipes for Romance in The New York Times

Snails In Garlic-Herb Butter - see all of Saveur Magazine’s Valentine’s suggestions

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