Eating Sea Cucumbers

What Are Sea Cucumbers?

“Sea cucumbers are echinoderms from the class Holothuroidea. They are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad. Sea cucumbers are found on the sea floor worldwide.“—Wikipedia
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Nutritional Value

According to WebMD, sea cucumbers are a great source of lean protein, riboflavin and magnesium.

It is good for:

1) heart: blood pressure and cholesterol

2) liver: reduce liver damage and oxidative stress

3) reduced chance of cancer: antioxidants and anti-inflammatory

Braised sea cucumber is the most common way that they are prepared for the dinner baquets. As sea cucumbers are very rare and expensive, I don’t get to eat it often.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine,

“So far British Columbia’s stock is only “moderately exploited.” But that could soon change. “A lot of fisheries [in China] were not managed properly and they were driven to a point where they haven’t recovered, and may never recover,” Greba says. If British Columbia wants to avoid the same fate, experts say it’ll require regular monitoring, research, and cooperation between the government, the fishing industry and the First Nations.”

The Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation’s Story Of Their Origins

“The Kitasoo/Xai’xais have been eating giant red sea cucumbers, Parastichopus californicus, for centuries. They’re even credited with the animal’s origin story. Recorded by William Beynon, an ethnographer and hereditary chief of the Tsimshian Nation, the story begins with two brothers pranking each other, each trying to prove his hunting and fishing prowess over the other. When one is stranded onshore by a storm of his brother’s creation—at the site of the village that would become Klemtu—he finds himself attracted to a number of beautiful women. But the sex doesn’t go as planned, and the story ends with the transformation of a particular reproductive organ into … a sea cucumber.”—- Smithsonian Magazine

What an interesting story!

Have you eaten the sea cucumber before?

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16 thoughts on “Eating Sea Cucumbers

  1. I like your blog and some post are very cool. But these pictures are disturbing 🤣🤣. This creature looks horrible everywhere you look at it. If it tastes as it looks, It would be a nightmare for my mouth! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  2. I’ve eaten sea cucumbers in a seafood stew; they don’t really have a flavor of its own, but absorbs the flavor of other ingredients. If you like seafood and you’re not judgmental about it’s appearance, you might like them.

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  3. Fascinating origin story, Vivian, though you may appreciate why it doesn’t fire my enthusiasm to try a sea cucumber.

    For now, I’m content to read others, like you, describe their adventures. Still, though, curiosity stirs. Someday, maybe…

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