Encounters With Escargot
If ever my mind wandered to the thought of escargot, I thought of France. But, if someone would have told me three years ago I would be sitting on the French riviera eating escargot (snails) with my dinner I would have laughed.
The only thing was I didn’t want to eat snails. I was peacefully eating a salad when something crunched in my mouth. Yup, snail. Of course I was very good about not freaking out (well, sort of…). After recovering, the next day I started wondering about escargot.
Why is it so fancy?
How is it prepared?
How is it eaten?
So I decided to look up the answers I needed.
Snails have been eaten since at least the ancient Roman times. Back when people would eat anything to survive. Now it has turned into a fancy appetizer in restaurants. Restaurants serve over 1 million snails annually! Crazy! Snails can be served many different ways, cooked with olive oil and garlic with sauces, or over pasta.
In France escargot has gotten a lot more expensive since it is in such demand. Now there is even a National Escargot day on May 24th! The two most common eating snails are the Burgundy snail and the Petite-Gris snail.
Here is the proper way to eat escargot
I had never thought reading about escargot could be so interesting! Even though I doubt I will be eating any more snails any time soon it was very interesting to learn some fun facts.