Though often thought of as a French dish, Italians equally love their lumache! And our village is no exception! In our area of Abruzzo, it’s known as the snail-loving village! 

A lover of snails himself, my husband fits in well with these villagers. Who, in this area are known as the sciumacchini or ‘snail eaters’! In fact, he looks forward to our town’s snail festivals, those few times a year when he gets to eat his fill of them.

Our snail festivals are a real community time where most of the village turns out! Like a big family dinner, because nearly everyone knows each other.

But did you know that snails are gluten free, low in fat and carbohydrates, yet high in protein? And especially high in iron, B-12, and magnesium. Along with healthy levels of potassium and sodium. So you can try them, guilt-free, if you’re brave enough!

You’re welcome to come and enjoy this healthy delicacy, along with my husband…

Or try fixing them at home! But be forewarned. Snails take a lot of preparation. And to me they also seem difficult to eat. They have to pick out those little bits of meat with toothpicks before slurping them down. I tried some once. Ate two from Mario’s plate, and spent the rest of the night throwing up. So, though they were delicious (going down) I say, “Never again!!” But most people I know eat them with no problems. Apparently, I have an intolerance.

So I think I’ll just stick to my favorite regional dish: arrosticini served with homemade french fries! Perhaps not as healthy, but ever so good! But if you don’t like snails or lamb, you could always choose something else. Like pasta fagioli (pasta and beans) or a sausage or pancetta sandwich! But whatever food you choose I guarantee it will be good!

Just don’t forget to buy your snail money first! It’s the only acceptable currency at the feasts, here in the snail-loving village.

Have you ever had snails? Would you like to try them?

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Posted by Sheila Scorziello

American born, Italian at heart. Happily married over 40 years, living in Italy almost 30. Mom of two and nonna to 9 grandkids. Missionary with a passion for showing God's love in practical ways, honoring God by caring for his creation, and helping others taste and see that the Lord is good!

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  1. I think I’ll stick to sandwiches. 🙂 Though, recently for me, I’ve been eating green cabbage, and love it! I also tried brussel sprouts at the beginning of this week, for the first time, and I actually love them. (I roasted them in the oven with a little oil and garlic salt.)

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    1. Cabbage and brussel srpouts yum! Over here in Italy most vegetables and greens are loved and eaten often. It’s part of the Mediterranean diet and so good for us. Snails actually are very yummy. Not at all squishy and slimy as I had imagined. But they sure did make me sick. But that’s OK the sausage sandwiches are great on the lovely Italian bread. Come on over!

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      1. Sounds lovely! 🙂

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  2. I have actually, in France years ago. Sad to say, a lot of work for little return. Rather like the people in my part of the world who just love crayfish. I am a crab leg type of guy myself…more meat for the work!

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    1. So true Wally! It is a lot of work and very little to eat!! I’m not a fish or seafood lover in general. But Mario can’t get enough of either crayfish or crabs. One thing I must say though is that the seafood here is really good. Especially if you can eat it on the special restaurants over the sea that we have here in Abruzzo! “Italy’s Trabocchi Restaurants.” They are really quite unique!!

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  3. I have had snails and like the taste, but they are too much work for so little to eat. Although I would eat them again if given some. I like to try all kinds of foods.

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    1. I agree Tom, they do taste good. Which surprised me! But I sure paid for eating those two snails…never again!! And they are too much work for little food. And also rather expensive. But if you come over, we’ll get you some!! You sound like Mario, he’ll try most foods too. I’m a bit more cautious!!

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