Iceland has signed a trade agreement with Hong Kong which includes the exporting of sea cucumber, where it is considered a sex aid.
DV reports that a trade agreement between Iceland and Hong Kong was signed in Liechtenstein, where Minister of Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson spoke to reporters about what the trade agreement means for Iceland.
Össur was pleased that the details of the agreement had been hammered out within a year, and said that Iceland has opened a new market for exporting its marine resources. He added, “The markets in China and Hong Kong have in reality created a new resources for Icelanders, for example, the sea cucumber.”
The sea cucumber, shown above, is an echinoderm; sea creatures in the same family as the starfish. Sea cucumber is quite popular in east Asia, where it is used both as a food and for purported medicinal properties.
“In Hong Kong they buy all the sea cucumber they can sell,” Össur said. “because there is a shortage of the product. They use it to power up the sexual prowess of men who are middle-aged and use the sea cucumber as a sex aid.”
When asked, Össur said that he has not tried sea cucumber himself.