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Does this make me a bad person?

jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 08:13 AM

Immediately when I read this article all I thought of was, I wonder if these would taste good. (Partially due to the fact I just had escargot over the weekend that was very unique)

Does it make me a bad person my first thought about these new species of snails made me wonder if they were tasty?


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  1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 08:31 AM

    You are adventerous to say the least.

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      beevod RE: jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 08:34 AM

      Yes, a terrible person, go stand in the corner.

      1. Monica RE: jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 08:35 AM

        well, if that makes you a bad person, most of us would be eating bread and butter for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Life would be pretty boring.

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          mwhitmore RE: jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 09:09 AM

          Not as bad as the person who wrote this bumper sticker: "Spotted Owls are delicious!"

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            coll RE: mwhitmore Sep 17, 2013 08:26 AM

            Here the bumper stickers say "Piping Plover tastes just like chicken".

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            INDIANRIVERFL RE: jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 09:25 AM

            I wonder what type of slime mold you would purge them with?

            You have got to love the fact that the scientist collected the only living specimen. Thus causing their extinction.

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              Just Visiting RE: INDIANRIVERFL Sep 16, 2013 01:40 PM

              You misread it. He collected only one specimen. That doesn't mean it was the only one there was. There were numerous shells, meaning there were more.

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                ipsedixit RE: Just Visiting Sep 16, 2013 08:48 PM

                Even if it was the only one of its kind in existence why would eating it be a "bad" thing?

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                  Just Visiting RE: ipsedixit Sep 17, 2013 04:09 AM

                  Actually, from a biological point of view, taking the last one alive would not matter at all unless it was a species capable of asexual reproduction. Because otherwise, if it was the only one of its kind, it was, by definition, the last of its kind. Not collecting it would not save the species.

                  As it happens, many terrestrial land species are simultaneous hermaphrodites (I'll bet that's a term that's never been used on Chowhound before). Each individual can act as both a male and a female. However, it still takes two to tangle. A snail can't inseminate itself; two snails can inseminate one another. This is because of the physical means of transfer. They shoot "love darts" into one another.

                  However, eating it versus collecting it for science...?

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                    DeppityDawg RE: Just Visiting Sep 17, 2013 05:09 AM

                    How much do you want to bet?



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                      Just Visiting RE: DeppityDawg Sep 17, 2013 08:22 AM


                      You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick...and three people do it - three, can you imagine, three people singing "simultaneous hermaphrodite" in harmony, they may think it's an Organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said running into Chowhound and singing "simultaneous hermaphrodite" they may think it's a MOVEMENT.

                      (Got Thanksgiving on the brain)

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                        INDIANRIVERFL RE: Just Visiting Sep 17, 2013 08:29 AM

                        For the finest, longest, non-pirated edition, check out WFIT radio station on Turkey Day.

                        He lives just to the south, and has been on an annual farewell tour for the last decade.

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                          mcf RE: Just Visiting Sep 18, 2013 10:05 AM

                          It's a Thanksgiving tradition, as much as the turkey!

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                            LindaWhit RE: mcf Sep 18, 2013 12:05 PM

                            Exactly. I check out my local stations to find out when they'll be playing it - and then double up to hear it twice, if I can. Usually Mom puts the kibosh on that, however. ;-)

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                              Just Visiting RE: LindaWhit Sep 18, 2013 02:10 PM

                              As we are often in the I95 Parking Lot on T-day, we listen to it in the car, changing stations as we go and singing our lungs out. Over and over....I think it is the only part of T-day I really enjoy. And then in comes the judge with the seeing-eye dog...blind justice...I laugh so hard I cry...every time...Re-living my youth...

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                Worldwide Diner RE: jrvedivici Sep 17, 2013 09:39 AM

                A rhetorical humble brag, how unexciting.

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                  youareabunny RE: jrvedivici Sep 17, 2013 09:59 AM

                  You'd have to eat so many of them though?

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                    Jerseygirl111 RE: jrvedivici Sep 17, 2013 10:04 PM

                    Haha. I was thinking that about those snails that are eating the limestone houses in Miami...wonder if they are edible? Could solve the problem. I think they said they are infected with something though.

                    Did you hear about the American in Greece that killed and ate a rare octopus? Actually a hexapus (6 legs) It was only the second one ever found! That would make me feel terrible.

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                      Just Visiting RE: Jerseygirl111 Sep 18, 2013 03:54 AM

                      Except that a hexapus is not a different species. It is still an octopus. Just a developmental abnormality.

                      I don't know about eating those particular snails, but there is a movement to get people to catch, sell, and eat lionfish (another non-native invasive species).

                    2. Gastronomos RE: jrvedivici Sep 18, 2013 04:09 AM

                      it's not a steak. snails and crawfish are not for steak lovers. steak lovers like to chew on large hunks of meat, and snails and crawfish "take a lot of work" for them. so this is not a steak.

                      I love snails, and crawfish. I'm not a fan of the canned snails that are drowned in parsley garlic butter. But rather fresh snails.

                      What was "very unique" about the snails you had over the weekend?

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                        jrvedivici RE: Gastronomos Sep 18, 2013 06:04 AM

                        I love snails, and I like crawfish, but I will always, always LOVE steak!

                        The escargot was prepared in a creamy blue cheese sauce with chopped spinach. Never would I have paired snails and blue cheese however they complimented each other very nicely and was a completely unique way of preparing snails. (you can read my review of Drew's Bayshore Bistro here)


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