Snails. It’s what’s (not) for dinner.

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It’s snail season in Spain. Like other animals, snails hibernate during the winter. During the warmer months, snails creep out in their slimy shells to find food. I seem to be coming across them everywhere I go. The one pictured above was located on the sidewalk outside of our house.

We found its brother slithering away just a few feet down from it.

This entire bunch of hundreds of snails I found hiding in the crevices of a wooden fence in Sanlucar, Spain.

I’ve found them in fields…

More interestingly, the gypsy market in Rota, Spain where you can buy them by the bag.

Yes, by the bag. You know, so they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Aw, heck; you can have them in between meals, too for a little tapas action.

Why not? Forget the steak and potatoes, this delicious European treat is packed full of protein that does a body good.

Mmmm… snails.

Hungry yet?

Take a stroll through your local Spanish city street and look for a sign like this. Then you’re in luck, folks! You too can enjoy this Spanish cuisine.

Or just look for the bags hanging outside the restaurant door.

This restaurant was selling their snails for only 4 euro ($5.60) for a small portion (tapas style) and 7.50 euro ($10.51) for a large portion. What a steal for such a delicious, slimy treat.

Snails. It’s what’s (not) for dinner.

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7 thoughts on “Snails. It’s what’s (not) for dinner.

  1. Whitney – Snails, like other animals hibernate during the winter time and survive on the thick coat of fat the surrounds their slimy little body. That same coat of fat can help them survive during a drought in the heat. In the warmer months, they come out to eat. Not all snails eaten in Europe are from the wild; there are also snail farms! I should find one.

  2. I’m de-lurking to admit that I’ve actually tried snails before! I was in the Navy for 4 years, and stationed in LaMaddalena, Italy for 2 1/2 of those years. To make a long story short, I got close to an Italian family while living over there and was invited to travel along with them to a bunch of agriturismo’s. Snails were ALWAYS served. In trying to keep an open mind, I tried them and discovered that they actually aren’t that bad. The slimey-ness goes away while they are cooked, and they kinda taste like oysters.

  3. Yes, I have a couple of friends that eat them and say they are delicious. I might have to try them.

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