May 24 is National Escargot Day

May 24, 2015 at 5:16 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Happy National Day

  One of France’s favorite appetizers

Did you know…

  1. Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
  2. The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.
  3. Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
  4. Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C – 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.
  5. Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.

Today’s Food History

  • 1686 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. He developed the Fahrenheit temperature scale, and invented the mercury thermometer.
  • 1883 R.I.P. Gabriel Gustav Valentin. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice. (Oh Boy!).
  • 1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opened. It took 14 years to build at a cost of $18 million, and was the longest suspension…

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