RADIO CANADA: Why people say Sea cucumber is “Viagra of the sea”

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“The product we sell is caught, processed and packaged in the Gaspé,” explains Lorry Wang, vice-president of Arctica Food, a company that exports Gaspé sea cucumbers to China.

The sea cucumber, also called a sea cucumber, is neither a vegetable nor seafood, it is a sea animal prized for millennia by the Chinese for its nutritional and aphrodisiac qualities. There are 30 edible varieties of sea cucumber, which looks like a cucumber, but more gooey and soft. When dried, it looks like a large black pickle.

The Arctic Food company fishes in the Gaspé this high-end product that sells for $ 400 a pound in China.

The company dehydrates them to export them, sell them in Asian grocery stores in Quebec and on Amazon. A process that takes two weeks. Then, they must be rehydrated to consume them.

“Before it was marketed, it was a product that people did not consume and it was thrown into the sea,” says the woman who founded Arctica Food with her father, Philippe, a first-generation immigrant who arrived here 30 years ago.