A shucking myth or are oysters really an APHRODISIAC?

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As the old tale goes, Casanova, was a famous Italian “playboy” who claimed to eat 50 oysters for breakfast everyday as a way to enhance desire. He described the scene in the diary of Casanova:

“We sucked them in, one by one, after placing them on each other’s tongue. Voluptuous reader, try it, and tell me whether it is not the nectar of the Gods!”

It is hardly the romantic advertisement for Valentine’s Day, because in reality, Casanova leapt from bed to bed, leaving behind a trail of heartbreak. It was fascinating though, to think that this was in fact, how the legend of oysters becoming an aphrodisiac was born.  


So, it begs the question, are oysters really an aphrodisiac or are is it simply a shucking (excuse the pun, we couldn’t resist) myth?

Well, there is no scientific evidence that suggests that the consumption of oysters increases desire, even though they do contain a source of zinc, which is important for the production of testosterone.  But, the production of testosterone has absolutely no connection to an increase in libido.

Food can be considered an aphrodisiac though. The sensuality of the eating experience itself, is thought to increase desire in some instances. Eating food with your hands is thought to stimulate senses such as sight, smell, taste, and touch. Sharing food together is also thought to enhance this experience. So, even though oysters aren’t technically an aphrodisiac, eating them can engage the senses in more ways than one…

This Valentine’s Day, Left Bank Melbourne has created a sensual menu for two, including a shared entrée, main of your choice and shared desserts. And yes, you guessed it, oysters are of course on the menu!


So, if you’re looking for a romantic day or night out with someone special, look no further than Southbank!



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