May 24th is National Escargot Day !
Here are today’s five food facts about Escargot:
- Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
- The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.
- Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
- 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.
- 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 bridge in the world at the time.
- 1893 The Anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio.
- 1929 The first Marx Brothers film, ‘Cocoanuts’ premiered.
- 1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born.
- 1945 The first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union Company store in New Jersey
- 1976 In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France’s wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever.
- 2007 R.I.P. Kelly Jo Dowd. She was one of the original ‘Hooters’ Girls’ at the first Hooters’ restaurant which opened in 1983 in Clearwater Florida.