With discussions of alternate sources of protein in the news, this episode of Gastropod seems incredibly relevant. The team travels to rural Washington State to learn how to raise snails. They also dig in to the history of human snail consumption (it’s a long one), how snails procreate and more.
If you’re new to Gastropod (@Gastropodcast), be prepared for an exquisite and tasteful experience learning about the world of food through the lens of science and history. Gastropod features excellent visual curation, superb writing in the form of episode notes and a fine podcast (it’s a good length). This episode also contains a snail video.
According to archaeologists, humans may have been eating snails as far back as 30,000 years ago. Last year, scientists found evidence of the world’s first snail feast, along the Mediterranean coast in Spain. Thousands of years later, the Romans enjoyed their snails fattened on milk, while monks in medieval Europe kept snail gardens, as the snails, neither fish nor meat according to the Catholic church, could be eaten during Lent.