Mike Jay wrote:
Wj Carroll wrote:Back when I had my little snail box, I really enjoyed the eggs.
According to the Wheaton Eco Scale, you must be 4-5 levels ahead of me
Burra Maluca wrote:They are very popular here in Portugal.
Net bags full of them are readily available in the supermarket.
And at the right time of year all the cafes will have signs proclaiming that they 'ha caracois'
David Livingston wrote:they seems much smaller than the ones sold here in france https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escargot
tony uljee wrote:Went on holiday to portugal last year on the med coast line , they had snails in most of the local bars ,served lightly boiled in salted water some butter and garlic and thats it, tasty, having just spent a few weeks before this being tormented by the little buggers eating away my garden i made a point of eating them where ever they were on offer , having several large ice cold beers in a frosted glass for 1.5 euro to accompany each bowl made it even more enjoyable . I had intentions of following this practice when i got home , firstly to get beer at 1.5 euro a pint meant putting on a batch of homebrew--not too difficult, then round up some snails. But after a few snails into the bucket and i found a whole bunch of them , feeding on dog turds !!!, so that ended my gastronomic revenge .
Burra Maluca wrote:I just remembered - I took these photos last time I was in the supermarket. They seem to be priced according to size!
Price per kilogram. Pounds and pints are a bit unheard of around here...
tony uljee wrote:While st there is a tradition of snail eating here in rural ireland ,its the from the sea --the periwinkel--very rarely available now as overharvesting has reduced them in quantity and down to the size of a pea once you have wiggled it out of the shell , traditionally done with a pin , which i thought was risky enough seeing as they were sold in bags outside the busy pubs after many pints of porter. Now im not a fussy carnivore but those things looked like snot after a days work in a dusty field and tasted worse , yet most people here would retch in horror at tackling a land snail--once properly fed and purged i would now have to advise. But we do now have i think 2 organic snail farming enterprises in ireland , but not farming the local deviant veg killers but rather the large giant african one which was brought in via the pet trade , so far it hasn t been reported to have escaped into the countryside, and the market for some of these are our immigrants population coming in from central africa ,nigeria mostly where it is traditionally enjoyed .
Linda Secker wrote:Those big brown ones, bottom right of Burra's photo.... they are the ones that eat everything in our back yard.....
so am i right in thinking that if i get a fish tank, pick a load of these and imprison them in it, feed them on flour and wait 48 hours, I can eat them?? It sounds bizarre enough to have a go at
Wj Carroll wrote: If memory serves, both snails were introduced to the States by European immigrants, and became a feral pest. This makes them invasive, which is why folks here should take action to control them in non-chemical ways.
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