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Continued: 'Plants With Benefits' reveals produce that packs sex appeal

  • Article by: KIM PALMER
  • Last update: February 11, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Q: What plant is a sleeper sex machine?

A: The cucumber. That’s a little powerhouse. It’s suggestive looking and has every nutrient you need.


Q: What Valentine’s Day menu would you suggest to set the mood for love?

A: I’d start with a cocktail — a pomegranate martini or champagne, which makes everything festive. Then I’d serve celery soup. Casanova ate celery every day to keep up his libido. Then maybe a quinoa salad, something light. You don’t want to be tied down in the kitchen on Valentine’s Day. A side dish of asparagus and morel mushrooms. And chocolate for dessert, of course. Maybe nice hot cocoa, with cayenne pepper, like the Aztecs, to double the aphrodisiac.


Q: Which aphrodisiac plants are easy to grow?

A: Most of them. A lot of annuals, like garlic and onions, can be grown in containers. Definitely arugula! I can grow figs and fennel, and it’s not hard to grow ginger, carrots, common jasmine and lavender. We’ve had cocktail gardens — the next wave should be love gardens.


Kim Palmer • 612-673-4784


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