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World's Strangest Aphrodisiacs

Sea Cucumber

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Sea Cucumber
China

One look at this large, fleshy, sausage-shaped sea creature (which reportedly stiffens and squirts fluid when disturbed) is all you need to understand why sea cucumber has a long history as a male performance-enhancer. In China, it’s usually sold in markets dried; cooking it is a lengthy process involving days of soaking, boiling, and seasoning. The end result, though, is apparently rich, buttery, and tender (something like pork fat).

Where to Find It: In Chinese restaurants around the world.

Cost: $3 per pound.

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