Apart from their effect on the taste buds, the ritual of swallowing oysters creates a certain atmosphere – subtly sensuous yet undeniably romantic – partly because they are shrouded in mystery.

It’s a matter of scientific debate whether the oyster has the aphrodisiac qualities that have been touted for centuries. Is this a myth?

Oysters are rich in magnesium and zinc. Both minerals play an important role in building one’s metabolism, which may enhance libido.

It was Casanova who consumed more than 50 oysters per day, sucking oysters from between the breasts of a desirable woman. Cicero was also a big fan of the tasty mollusks, claiming that eating oysters boosted his talent for speeches and improved his memory