June 6, 2015


sasing – (sa-sing; Cebuano, Boholano, Davaoeño [southeastern Mindanao] and Misamis occidental [northern Mindanao], Waray, and Romblomanon worm/seafood) [n.] peanut worm (sc.name: Sipunculus nudus).
a.k.a. saypo in Boholano & Cebuano
saypo in Surigaonon
tasing in Cantilangnon (Cantilan, Surigao del sur)

A sand worm or sand burrower of the family Echiurus that burrows under sandy clayish soil of the sea shore.

Sasing burrows in moist sandy-muddy ground along the shore and river deltas.  A hole like this is a sign that peanut worm is just around beneath the sand.

It is an exotic delicacy to some Pinoys. It is often eaten as kinilaw nga sasing where its cylindrical body is inverted inside out and cleaned of its content by washing on seawater. The cleaned inverted  skin is then dipped in spiced vinegar and munched.

It has a crunchy leathery texture and has to be chewed well to savor its flavor. 

It is considered as an exotic delicacy and as an aphrodisiac by some Pinoys.

So called peanut worm in English because when inverted, the skin of this exotic worm would look like empty peanut shell. 

The worms are washed clean then inverted inside out by pushing a bamboo stick from one end and through inside the body so as to clean its muddy contents. The inverted worms are washed again thoroughly on seawater, drained and then seasoned with spiced up vinegar to become an exotic dish called kinilaw nga sasing

Although sasing lives and feeds in the sandy mud, some Filipino Muslim does not consider this as unclean or filth to be among those forbidden (Haram) in Islamic Laws. Nevertheless, this exotic worm should be served with caution to Muslim or any follower of Islamic faith, so as not to offend or insult them

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I read a news report that some residents of Inopacan, Leyte province believe that sasing has curative powers against tuberculosis and anemia. Click HERE for that GMA Network news:

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