The Decree of 24th April 1979 prohibits the collection of Helix Pomatia* (edible snail = escargot) during the breeding season from 1st April until 30th June.

This same Decree also states that the collection of snails outside the breeding season is only permissible if the size of the shell is more than 30 mm.


Before eating, the snails must be purged. Sprinkle salt over them and wait for them to void any contents of their intestinal tract. Wash thoroughly!

Drop the snails into boiling water, into which you have placed some nettle leaves, for no more than 1 minute.

Remove the shells and discard the intestines. Keep the tongue. Rinse thoroughly again.

Cook in court bouillon for 4 hours, being careful not to over reduce the liquid.

* Helix pomatia, common names the Burgundy snail, Roman snail, edible snail or escargot, is a species of large, edible, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Helicidae.
This species is frequently farmed, and is called by the French name escargot when it is used in cooking.





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