Why Do Only Europeans Eat Escargot?
As a child, growing up in France, I didn’t realize that everyone didn’t eat snails (or escargot). Only when I moved back to North America did this become clear to me. However, it never really made much sense. People in North America eat mussels, shrimp, squid and oysters. So why would snails be any more or less gross than those? They are all kind of slimy and kind of gross.
It seems to me that the real question should be why don’t Americans eat snails? It turns out that not all snails are edible and the edible snails aren’t indigenous to the Americas- although some edible snails have been imported in the 1850s.
Here’s the thing, when you go to France, there’s so much amazing food to try- as I mentioned in my last piece about French food not to be missed. But I challenge you to eat something that is out of your comfort zone, whether it’s escargot, steak tartar or anything else you are uncomfortable with. YOLO, right?
Oh and if you don’t know what steak tartar is, it’s basically raw ground beef. To me, it tastes bland but plenty of people love it.
If challenged, would you rather eat escargot or steak tartar?
How escargot is prepared for eating:
If you are considering trying escargot, don’t attempt to make them yourself. Go to a French restaurant. You will be blown away!
Here’s the thing, eating escargot isn’t eating a slimy, gooey thing. These are cooked in butter, garlic and parsley and have a strong, delicious and rich flavor. If you ask me, eating raw oysters is way more daring.
We’ve already started experimenting with eating crickets. Who thinks we might eat snails some day? And how many of you would try them?