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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Slow and Steady

Slow and SteadyPest or Dinner?

I hear that these are an excellent sourse of protein. This coupled with the fact that they reproduce and grow quickly, it should not surprise you to find that this type of snail, Giant African (Achatina fulica) was introduced to Singapore during the second world war as a potential source of protein. The giant African land snail is also used in native medicines in West Africa (Overton 2004, in Cooling 2005). The species was introduced into Mauritius and other islands in the Indian Ocean as well as the Hawai‘ian island of Maui for its use in medicinal remedies (Srivastava 1992, Raut and Barker 2002). Scientists have identified a compound known as acharan sulphate produced by the snail which has anti-tumor activity (Lee et al. 2003, in Cooling 2005).
This info and more found here.

This one was found on the side of my house, where it managed to climb about 4 feet above the ground.

Sorry I haven't posted in a while - been busy on the job. Oh, how I have missed you all.

13 Comments:

Blogger Ame said...

Hey Dana! Let me be the first to welcome you back! Nice of you to entertain us with a delicacy Eric (over on PDP) can probably appreciate! (GULP!) And did you ever touch the little tentacle eyes and watch them retract, disappear and reappear? I guess I had too much time on my hands! LOL! And did you let him get away or did you pluck him off the wall and toss him to the ground? Hope the animal activists don't come after me! (=

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 8:16:00 PM HST  
Anonymous Celine said...

It's excellent with butter and garlic! You must try you know! I know what you're gonna say : "these french are crazy"!!! :-D But it's still good to eat! (close your eyes and take a deep breath!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 10:51:00 PM HST  
Blogger dutchie said...

I have eaten snails at several occasions and like celine like them alot.Still you do get a "fear factor' moment once you bring them to your mouth :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 12:37:00 AM HST  
Blogger Lisi said...

this one looks quite tanned, LOL
Welcome back Dana. Kris of Szentes DP also posted a "escargot" shot recently ;-)

Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 1:17:00 AM HST  
Blogger Kate said...

Well, it just goes to show that you don't have to be beautiful to be desireable! Interesting info.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 2:19:00 AM HST  
Anonymous anne said...

Dinner?? Hmmm...I think I'll pass ;-)

Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 3:09:00 AM HST  
Blogger Emmanuelle said...

Really rich golden colors on it!

Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 12:44:00 PM HST  
Blogger kaa said...

snails like back home. snails in Finland look quite different. great info and great close up shot. i wouldnt eat one though

Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 5:43:00 AM HST  
Anonymous Jane said...

"Kuhol" (escargot or snail, whatever)is common in local menus here in the Philippines but not that kind of snail. We boil it in coconut milk/cream then add some very small chilies, onion and garlic. Yum!

Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 8:54:00 AM HST  
Blogger Chris said...

Dinner of course ! But the Burgondy ones.

With garlic butter, miam !

Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 11:04:00 AM HST  
Blogger Thiên said...

Nice shot Dana. I've had smaller snails and liked it. I'll pass on this one. He's too big! ;)

Monday, September 18, 2006 at 5:16:00 AM HST  
Blogger Sadia said...

what a great closeup! 4 feet and she doesn't even look tired.

Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 7:43:00 AM HST  
Blogger LT said...

I'm from west africa, and I assure you they are delicious. I didn't know you had them in HI. Can you actually buy them at a store or would one have to hang out in gardens for a week hoping to gather enough for one meal?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 9:31:00 PM HST  

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