January 27, 2007

Raising snails. Part II

What snails are good for?
Snails have a great culinary value. When eating it, we can divide it in two parts:

- Frontal part: Formed by head and foot (but also the anus and rectum).

- Back part: Formed by the albumin gland and the hepatic pancreas.
The frontal part is more edible than the back, while this one ahs a higher nutritive value.

Snails are low fat, thus in calories too. It is rich in minerals as calcium, magnesium, iodine; and vitamin C.

It is also used in the cosmetic industry and as curative element for respiratory problems. It is believed that these two actions are sustained by the properties of the snail’s slime.

They are edible all the snails from the Helix genre.

There are more snails raise in captivity than wild snails.

The country that consume snails the most in Europe is France.


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