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Escargot - Gourmet Guide
June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly
Buy Escargot online from igourmet.com! Please visit our online store and go shopping at the number one imported food delivery service in the USA. Although considered a French delicacy, evidence indicates that man has been enjoying Escargot, or land snails, for thousands of years. Empty Escargot shells have been found at prehistoric sites throughout the Mediterranean, and Escargot was a valued luxury food during ancient Greek and Roman times. Today France is the largest consumer of edible snails in the world, and must import much of the estimated 40,000 tons eaten there each year to keep up with demand.
There are over 100 different species of edible Escargot snails, but the most popular ones are Helix Aspersa or "Petit-Gris", French for Little Gray, Helix Pomatia or "Escargot de Bourgogne", French for Burgundy Snail, and Achatine or Asian Snail. Helix varieties tend to be more plump and tender than Achatine snails, but both are savory in taste, good sources of protein and offer the benefit of a variety of minerals and vitamin C. Our Helix Burgundy Snails for Escargot are hunted in the wild, whereas our Achatine Snalis are farmed. Escargot snails are categorized and sold by size, ranging from Petit (small) to Very Large to Extra Large.
Often served as an appetizer, Escargot is typically cooked with butter and/or wine, and then returned to their sterilized shells and served with a sauce and accompaniments such as garlic, herbs or nuts. Known for its nutritional value, Escargot is low in fat, high in protein and has a high amount of essential fatty acids.
The finest Escargot available, Wild Burgundy Snails, are available to gourmands in the United States at igourmet.com. Find Achatine Snails, reusable shells and porcelain dishes in our online shop as well. To find the best gourmet foods and gift baskets online, begin your search at igourmet.com.
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