Throughout history, men and women alike have used food to lure a lover. In some cases, the food itself is a sexual stimulant. In other cases, it’s the food’s affect on your senses that’s the turn-on, says Martha Hopkins, co-author of The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook. The way it looks, the way it feels when you eat it and how exotic, rare or expensive it is all have helped certain foods earn the title, “aphrodisiac.” Avocado meets the sensual criteria. The shape brings to mind either male genitalia or the curves of a woman’s body. Its smooth, creamy texture adds to its sensuality, Hopkins says. She suggests serving it in a salad of Boston lettuce, green onion, pine nuts (another aphrodisiac) and a Dijon-honey dressing.