May 24 - Geezer's Blog - National Escargot Day

posted by Dave Lehner -

In Case You Were Curious…About Escargot!

May 24, 2018

The Bottom Line: Learn more about Escargot.

The Full Story:

  • Escargot - French - An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
  • In France the two most common edible snails are the Burgundy snail (also called vineyard or large white snail) which are about 1 3/4 inches long and the smaller Petite-Gris snail, about 1-inch long.
  • The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.
  • An escargot plate has indentations (usually 6) to hold the snail shells for baking and for serving.
  • Special escargot or snail tongs are used to hold the snail shells while using a small two tined escargot fork to extract the snail from the shell.
  • Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
  • Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C. – 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.
  • Restaurants serve about 1-billion snails annually.
National Escargot Day

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