Snails definitely aren’t fast food

They’ve long been a prized delicacy, but putting escargot on the plate is fiddly, time-consuming – and not for the squeamish.

Imagine sitting in your garden, perhaps sipping a beer as the sun goes down, and watching a tiny little steak pass by, so slowly you could just reach down and pick it up. You’d be a fool to ignore it. In fact, it would be a criminal waste.
Snails, though? That’s different. And yet they’ve been prized as a food since prehistoric times, and still are outside Britain. (They’re not difficult to prepare, just fiddly and time-consuming. They have to be killed, of course – but if that’s a problem you shouldn’t be eating animals in the first place.)


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