We manually select the top grade sea cucumber to package. Medium Size: About 30 - 40 pieces per pound.
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. There are a number of holothurian species and genera, many of which are targeted for human consumption. The harvested product is variously referred to as trepang, bêche-de-mer or balate.
To prepare the sea cucumber after it is collected, the internal organs are removed, and dirt and sand are washed out of the cavity. It is then boiled in salty water and dried in the air to preserve it. When readied for use in making food, the hard, dried sea cucumber is softened. The process is quite lengthy, which is why this food tends to appear at special dinners and banquets more so than in day-to-day cuisine. To soften the dried sea cucumbers, the instructions are: place the sea cucumbers in a pot and add cold water to cover; soak for at least 12 hours; then cook over low heat for 1 to 2 hours; add more water, as necessary, to make sure that the water always covers the cucumbers; remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, then drain.
I bought 1 lb of Mexico Wild Caught Sea Cucumber Medium size. They arrived relatively fast in 2 weeks. Although they look quite small for Medium size, they become quite big after soaking. They are quite crunchy after cooking. I will buy again. It would be a better buy if the price is lower, say lower by another 18 dollars.
I ordered 1 lb of Mexico Wild Sea Cucumber Medium size. The item arrived relatively fast in 2 weeks. Although the dried sea cucumber looks quite small, they grow quite big after soaking. I will buy again the next round. If the price is slightly cheaper, say by 18 dollars, it would be a much better buy.
there's nothing broken when it arrived. after I cooked it, it is still crunchy and very savory. love it
the product is hand selected, so there is no defective items. but you should know that this is once a living animal, so you cannot expect every single one will look exactly like its product pictures