by Paris Permenter and John
Looking to spice up your romantic
getaway? Throughout the Caribbean, you'll find aphrodisiacs sold in
markets and roadside stands. Usually said to be "for the man,"
these potions are said to be powerful enough to "make your man as
strong as a bull." You'll have to judge for yourself.
Made from goat's head, mannish water is sometimes called power water. A
real rarity on restaurant menus, usually mannish water is bought at a
roadside stand where you might have it with roasted yam. This spicy soup
is made with goat head (some cooks include tripe and feet as well),
garlic, escallion, cho-cho, green bananas, Scotch bonnet peppers, and
spinners. White rum is an optional ingredient.
One of the most unusual drinks in the Caribbean is Irish Moss, made from
a seaweed extract. Reported to be a health drink as well as an
aphrodisiac, this drink is typically sold "for the man."
Definitely an acquired taste.
Another one of those infamous Jamaican aphrodisiacs, cowcod soup is
usually sold at roadside stands and includes bananas, pepper and white
Most popular in St. Lucia, this tree is used to produce a potent liqueur
that some swear by. In the Castries market, you can purchase the bark
and use it to prepare a "special" tea.
·Conch. You're probably familiar with this mollusk because of
its shell: a beautiful pink curl nearly a foot long that, when blown by
those in the know, can become an island bullhorn. The shell covers a
huge piece of white meat with a rubbery texture. Many islanders swear by
its aphrodisiac qualities; even if it doesn't work, conch is so tasty
it's well worth a try.
Ready to try your luck? Here are a few
conch recipes designed to bring the loving feeling of the islands to
your home. Conch is available in most specialty markets and large
3 medium conch, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups water
3 hot peppers or to taste
2 tablespoons thyme
4 cups flour
4 tablespoons baking powder
Oil for frying
Mix all ingredients except oil. Mix
thoroughly and let stand 10 to 20 minutes. Heat oil in deep fryer. Scoop
batter in full teaspoons, drop into hot oil. Fry until brown.
2-3 medium conch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons flour
3 eggs, beaten
Oil for frying
Prepare conch. Cut in half and flatten
with meat mallet. Marinate in lemon juice; refrigerate for a half hour.
Remove conch from lemon juice and dip into beaten eggs then dredge in
flour. Fry in skillet or deep fryer until golden brown.
Husband and wife team Paris Permenter
and John Bigley have authored over 20 guidebooks and also edit the FREE Lovetripper.com
a romantic travel magazine featuring worldwide destinations.
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