of 24th April 1979 prohibits the collection of Helix Pomatia*
(edible snail = escargot) during the breeding season from 1st
April until 30th June.
Decree also states that the collection of snails outside the breeding
season is only permissible if the size of the shell is more than
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.
shells and discard the intestines. Keep the tongue. Rinse thoroughly
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.