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Escargot-Oh No! The Inside Scoop On Snails

There is little doubt that the revolutionary findings of Romanian veterinary scientist Adrian Toader-Williams have made the delicacy of escargot a little more humane or gastro -friendlier. His revolutionary and so called “novel” invention of ICISS (Intimate Contact Induced Surface Separation) is considered the best method of snail “meat” removal via microwave radiation.

The Inside Out Of Snails

ICISS Experiment

Photo:By DrAdrianTW CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

ICISS is considered the “pain free” method to easily and completely remove a snail from its shell, while being completely intact. The pain reduction for the snail has been determined as effective from the microwave or ICISS method because this process inhibits the animals nervous system.

Snails are born with their shells, which begin development in the embryonic stage. A snail shell is made from calcium carbonate and grows at the same rate as the snail.

Snails are highly adaptive, can be found all over the world and are thought to have a possible life span of up to 25 years in “captivity”.

snail facts and escargot

Photo:By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Personal dietary preferences aside, escargot has been a part of the human diet since the age of the Romans, but are most notably an important part of French Cuisine. While the gastropod is considered a delicacy similar to oysters if they are not cooked properly they can cause meningitis from a parasite they carry.

Turbo snail

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Keeping dreams alive for the under acknowledged common creature, DreamWorks latest  inspiring movie “Turbo” is about a snail that dreams of being the fastest racer in the world was an idea conceived from first time director David Soren who pitched his “Fast & Furious with snails” concept in an “idea contest” held by DreamWorks Animation Studios.

“I think that a snail is inherently an underdog. It’s smashed, eaten by people, the butt of slow jokes around the world,” explained Soren who added, “obviously the opposite of slow is fast and that’s where racing came into the picture.”

Top snail speed is 1 millimeter per second.

how old are snails

Photo:By Shannon Keith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The documentation and finding of the ICISS via microwave method and series of extensive experiments took place between September and October 2010 by Adrian Toader-Williams.

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