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Darn! “Escargo cult” has already been done

February 14, 2015


Binners and dumpster divers like to remind each other that “you never know what you’ll see when you look in a dumpster”. This is largely a meaningless truism that applies whenever you open your eyes and actually indicates nothing unique about looking in dumpsters.

Yesterday I reflexively looked over the side into a large dumpster (cuz that’s what binners do) in an alley just off South Granville Street and saw absolutely nothing I didn’t expect to see.

However, as I turned my head away, I noticed a little something interesting about the lid, the underside of which was encrusted with a hard froth of ivory yellow condensate. Glued to a little patch of that rough terrain was a tiny snail shell.

Something for the Eat Local and Slow Food movements


Binners routinely encounter snails among collections of beer cans — they’re attracted to the yeast — but I for one don’t associate the little slime-trailers with dumpsters or, for that matter, food.

Binners do routinely find good, healthy food in dumpsters and I was surprised to read (though I don’t know why) that this wee little snail was no exception. Our common garden-variety snails are said to be closely related to escargot and just as edible and very nearly as tasty.

Wonder how the bottle of Primitivo red wine I encountered earlier in the day would’ve paired with the little morsel. Click the images to enlarge them.

  1. Sandra permalink

    OH NO! I hope you did not eat him. He is just trying to live his life in tranquility and should not be anyone’s snack!


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