A sea cucumber is not one that you will find in most American stores. It is actually a marine animal that is popular in the Asian and Middle Eastern countries. It is a delicacy that has been used raw, pickled, dried or fried in many dishes for over 170 years.
Sea Cucumbers are bland in taste so they are typically spruced up with flavors from spices, meats, and other seafoods. A surprising fact about the sea cucumber lies in their spectacular nutritional value! A 4 ounce serving comes with 60 calories and 14 grams of protein, and they are also packed with antioxidants that aid in inflammation. They have other compounds known to provide cancer fighting properties, antimicrobial properties, and heart and liver health.
Secret: Sea cucumbers are used in traditional Chinese medicines because they are believed to contain healing properties to treat ailments such as arthritis, cancer, and impotence.