Snail consumption dates back to the origins of mankind, as evidenced by the presence of shells in prehistoric caves. Snails were a popular dish among the Romans, who ate them fried. Considered “impure” by the Church in the Middle Ages, its consumption tended to disappear. It became a food reserved for times of famine. In the Charente region of France in the 16th century, sailors would take barrels of snails aboard their ships to ensure a fresh supply of food for the crossing.
BURGUNDY SNAILSA history of Helix pomatia