Often, tough things in life give us beneficial results and in Japan, there is no shortage of exotic food that you can experience. And if you are up for the challenge, you can try this bizarre seafood which promises nutritious benefits to your body. Are you excited to know them? Then keep reading this article!
In this list, we will introduce 4 exotic seafoods in Japan and why they are healthy. Without further ado, here it is.
Believe it or not, some turtles are edible and soft-shelled turtles or suppon have been considered as a luxurious delicacy in ancient China and Japan (Jomon Period) for centuries. And truth to be told, it has numerous healing properties when consumed most commonly in a soup dish. It is an abundant source of collagen which maintains the suppleness to the skin and has less calorie content which means, it’s not harmful to your heart nor weight gaining. Moreover, it contains multiple nutrients such as protein, vitamin A, E, B2, B6, phosphorus and zinc. And one of the best-kept health secrets is that it is aphrodisiac and increases libido.
It stings in the sea but unbeknownst to most people, kurage is actually edible. And yes, they are healthy. Surprisingly, kurage isn’t jelly-like when eaten but rather, its texture is crunchy and tasteless. They are usually prepared raw or dried and enjoyed due to their crispiness. They are a good source of calcium binding proteins which supports good memory. It also contains collagen and protein which is good for those who want to look younger for those who want to go into a diet.
If you aren’t weirded out yet then you will, now because Koi or Carp fish are usually found in decorated ponds or aquariums. But who would have thought they are edible? Yes, you read that right. Here in Japan, they are prepared raw and are best eaten during summertime. Koi is a good source of omega three which helps brain function, protein which helps you regain muscles, phosphorus and vitamin D for overall bone health. Koi is amazing.
Sea cucumbers or namako are not vegetables but are actually live sea creatures. In Japan, they are one of the top delicacies and have been eaten for thousands of years. They are a great source of essential vitamins such as riboflavin, minerals such as magnesium, and antioxidants. And what does this do to the body? It helps strengthen your immune system, supports your heart, keeps your liver healthy and reduces risks of cancer.
These are only a few of exotic healthy foods in Japan out of many more. From this list, which one would you dare to try first? Share it with us in the comments!