Sunday, July 01, 2007

Escargots de Bourgogne

July 1st, the official start of the hunting season. Snail hunting that is.I’m not making this up; apparently snails breed in June and there is a local by-law that prohibits collecting them before July 1st. They also need to be a minimum of 32mm in diameter, so these two won't be swimming in garlic butter this year.

I’m told the brown upper snail is an ‘escargot de Bourgogne’ while the lower black snail is a ‘foreign’ invader, which (naturally!) doesn’t taste nearly as good.

To tell the truth I’m quite indifferent to both the flavour (earthy) and texture (rubbery) of snails so I have no plans to supplement my diet with any species of gastropod.


I don’t want to be spreading misinformation so I’m updating this post with newfound knowledge... Apparently BOTH the snails above are impostors, but this one below is a true Escargot de Bourgogne (Helix pomatia). Obviously much more appetising!


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