In the immensity of the sea, the abyssal fauna hides a singular fish: one with the shape of a penis. Yes, you read correctly, it has the shape of a human penis and is known as the Penis Fish, although in reality, it is called Urechis unicinctus and it is a kind of marine worm.
This peculiar species belongs to the Urechis family and lives in the shallow waters of China's seas, as well as in sand tunnels. Its size varies around 25 cm and, interestingly, it is considered a gastronomic delicacy in China and Japan.
A real delight
The penis fish has a texture similar to that of clams, it's soft and has a high concentration of amino acids.
The way to cook it varies depending on the place. In China, it is usually kept dry and then hydrated during cooking, either fried or cooked. Meanwhile, in Japan, it is often served as sashimi, a filleted preparation spiced with soy sauce and lots of vinegar.
Medicinal properties of the penis fish
Oddly enough, the penis fish also has medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese medicine often uses it to treat conditions related to the stiffness of the spine and kidney problems.
The most curious thing, especially considering its resemblance to the male reproductive system, is that it is also used as a sexual revitalizer and to treat erectile dysfunction problems.
What do you think of this little friend? Would you dare to eat it?
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