eating snails

In my mailbox I found these pictures from a girl eating snails (probably Naesiotus sp.) on a Quito-Otavalo autobus. Adri??n Gonz??lez, who took the pictures, told me that normally at Halloween time in November (Day of the Death); this is a custom in Ecuador. But the people around Otavalo seems to be especially fond of snails, as they are selling (and eating) them all year round.

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8 thoughts on “eating snails

  1. Anonymous

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><br><div><div>No, they were eaten raw. But I have been promised a recipe to make them more tasteful later this year :-)</div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><blockquote type="cite"> <div style="width: 600px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;" class="PosterousEmail"></div></div></body></html>

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  2. Anonymous

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><br><div><div>Yes, the same species. Again, not advisable to eat raw snails! I just got notice about a restaurant that served (in this case Lissachatina) them as ‘cerviche’, so one should avoid eating any dish containing raw foods. Being vegetarian is definitely a plus :-)</div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><blockquote type="cite"><div style="width: 600px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;" class="PosterousEmail"></div></div></body></html>

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  3. Peter Bedbur, Germany , Club Conchylia member

    I bought a portion of this snails – ca. 40 pcs. – with water ( salty or not ) and lemon on Otavalo market in Ecuador in November 2017 and like to know the species. Who can help me.
    Many thanks in advance.

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    1. bramb Post author

      Peter,

      As far as I know, usually Naesiotus quitensis (Pfeiffer, 1848) is the species on offer.

      Good appetite 🙂

      Bram

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      1. Peter Bedbur, Germany , Club Conchylia member

        Hi Bram, thank you so much for your help – but I haven´t try to eat, the empty shell is with a little smell in my collection now. Thanks

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