Snails: new sell-out food sensation

Why we're all eating snails this summer

Snails are turning into this summer’s must-eat delicacy, selling in record numbers in both restaurants and food stores.

Over the past two weeks, countrywide chain Café Rouge has sold more than 30,000 of the French favourite, after launching a special snail menu.

And it’s not just in restaurants we’re tucking in, snail farmer Andrew Downes, who keeps his critters in Devon, is selling them in record numbers, too.

‘Rearing them is an artisan skill,’ he tells Metro. ‘In theory, you could eat a garden snail but they could have been feeding on pesticides and rubbish.’

So, we get we’re not supposed to be harvesting them from the backyard, but why should we be eating them at all?

‘Snails are low in fat and high in magnesium and protein,’ says Café Rouge’s Caroline Revéillon, who suggests cooking them in butter, parsley, shallots and garlic for the very best dish. Yum!

Check out Andrew’s website, garlicsnails.co.uk, here

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