Nutritional Value Of Snails
Snails are super nutritious – one could say they are a superfood.
They are very rich in protein and very low in fat, therefore they make a very healthy meal. It is estimated that Escargots contain 80% water, 15% protein and 2,4% fat.
Nutritional value of raw snails (per 100 grams):
Raw snails also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin B-6
Achatina Marginata (AM)
This specie is a large snail, generally growing to about 20cm and a live weight of 500g. The shell is much less pointed than the Achatina species, the roundness being especially obvious in young animals. Striation on the shell may give the appearance of a woven texture. The head of the snail is dark-grey; its foot in a lighter shade.
Achatina Achatina (AA)
This snails are reportedly the largest land snails in the world. Although usually much smaller, they can grow up to 30cm in body length and 25cm in shell height. Average adult shell length is 18 cm, with an average diameter of 9cm. The conically shaped, fairly pointed shell is brownish with a characteristic stripe pattern
Achatina Fulica (AF)
This specie is a large snail, reaching 20cm in length or occasionally more, with a shell length up to 20cm and a maximum diameter of 12cm. The conical, spiralled shell is predominantly brown with weak, darker banded markings across the spiral. Colouration is highly variable, depending on diet. A mature snail averages 250g in weight.