Two kilograms of rooster testicles have been confiscated from a passenger arriving at Wellington International Airport from Vietnam.
"A passenger was coming in with a chilly bin full of food which he declared, and the items were found in that," a spokesman for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said yesterday.
The testicles were stopped at the border because they presented a biosecurity risk, the MPI said. However, there was no penalty because the man had declared them. "These were intended to be eaten. As to how one would cook them, we are unsure," the ministry tweeted.
According to cooking website CloveGarden, rooster testicles are a popular delicacy in some Asian countries where they are believed to enhance male "prowess", and improve skin tone for women. "Rooster testicles are larger than you might think, but they need to be," CloveGarden says. "A rooster is expected to be up at the crack of dawn, crow his heart out - then 'service' 20 or more hens during the day."