Should We Eat Or Kill The African Snails?

Barbadians will not eat the African snail. We have been socialized to see the Achatina fulica as slimy and nasty and to be sprinkled with salt when spotted on our property. Even in the harsh economic times the local Guyanese population has been the only one interested in ‘picking’ the snails to benefit from the bounty set at .50 cents a pound.

It means if we are to control the growing number of African snails – sighted in the 11 parishes – we will have to use massive amounts of a killing agent which is not harmful to the environment. Keeley Holder is an Israeli trained Integrated Pest Management Specialist based in St. Joseph who suggests the African snail population can be eradicated based on the findings of Albert R. Mead (1961): The Giant African Snail: A Problem in Economic Malacology p.68:

“On the other hand, they found that the following substances would kill the slugs within a few minutes after being dusted on them: ammonium sulphate, ammonium sulphocyanide, barium sulphocyanide, calcium carbide, calcium cyanide, corrosive sublimate, drained creosote salts, potassium sulphocyanide, sodium carbonate and sodium sulphocyanide. Of these, only calcium cyanide was sufficiently lethal at practicable concentrations to be considered for use in field conditions; its very deadly nature, however, makes serious consideration completely out of the question.”

There is no loud public communication by the authorities about how we plan to attack the growing African snail population. Besides the fact the snails are harmful to fauna and flora they are unsightly on an island which is marketed as a tourist destination, it seems a commonsense position to get the African snail population under control.

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  1. Facts,
    David, this is a very good article. These things carry parasites within them, we need to get rid of them – the sooner the better. I know Senator Hensley Benn started a campaign, but I guess he has given up out of frustration of lack of support. We need another national campaign as these snails seem to be winning the battle.

  2. Miami is being invaded by them again, apparently they had the problem in the sixties and it took them 10yrs to get rid of them. Of note is the fact that they know how deadly the snails can be and not taking any chances.
    Hope we begin to take them as serious as the miami folks.
    Here are some links.


  3. Unless I am suddenly taken over by some parasitical alien within me soon, I can so far say the are safe for eating once treated the proper way. I have eaten them. The ones here. They are as delicious as escargot, eaten all over the world. I have watched then being eaten in an African Food Shop in London on Food Network.So edible they are. However, there seems to be a high indication that Barbadians will (a) not consider this a possibility and (b) unless someone sets up their own canning operation to deal with the proper healthy way to “farm”/can these snails, no one else seems prepared to do so, not even under contract!!

    But there is no doubt that they could possibly be a huge earner of foreign exchange…Also, tests have been done, as I understand it, to make the snail into chicken feed and this proved to be a perfect solution…again processors here will not hear of it. This could certainly help to keep our foreign exchange at home. Chickens love the snails…and once dried and processed make a good chicken feed…and possibly a far better additive to the feed we have now! There is also some thoughts on whether they can be turned into mulch for agriculture.

    We unfortunately just want to do like the Americans do and spray the hell outta de earth in order to get rid of them…bring on the Monsanto product and all that….perhaps, for all we know, researchers and scientists at the Agricultural Dept are all now so investigating all of these things and will have some intelligent conclusion in the near future. Hmmmm…..

    By the way the shells also can make jewellery…and other craft. Just my two cents. I might be all wrong…and no I am not going to run around cleaning up people’s snails and eating them…but there are several people who have and find them very tasty. Just saying.

  4. WHY is it that bajan have eaten every conceivable animal including monkey but find it dificult to eat the snails- a delicacy ?
    WHY is it that food is dropping into our lap like manna from the sky but bajans refusing to use the food –e,g sargassum sea-weed ?

  5. In order to achieve balance, one has to speculate….
    A snail farm could receive all these African Snails for a small price…as they reproduce so prolifically (they remind me of some men – and women – I know)…I actually cleaned about four of them with tons of eggs underneath…I am told this is fast becoming the caviar of Africa! So there is another product to consider!
    As I was saying let the people bring de snails to the farm, where snails under strict conditions are farmed…and canned on the spot too ’cause as I said no one wants to touch ’em ’bout hey!
    Unfortunately I am no farmer…or I would certainly consider going into business.
    Me seh…these snails are enjoyed in Africa…what happen…dem change into Bajan inedible snail since dem arrive hey or what? And as Just Asking said, if you can eat monkey, den you can eat snail and Sargasso seaweed. Don’t let’s forget whatever bugs left behind dat have not been sprayed to perdition with Monsanto. Remember people eat different things all over the world…from insects to animals. Nutting wrong wid dat. No one is saying a Bajan should eat what they like. But a good Bajan 100% African Snail in a can could be a good investment! Ship dem out to those who love ’em! Wonder if Rihanna would endorse a can of snails? Hmmm….food for thought! Money to be made.
    Good sunny morning Barbados, the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
    Thank goodness what just hit us was only flooding and not a full blast hurricane…what is going on at and their Hoppy Radar eh? One of the most important instruments on the island, one that looks after our safety…and all ya let it go down? Another hmmm for the mawning…guess ya going the same way as all the other departments that should be looking after our health and well-being…particularly in the way of insecticides/pesticides and imported processed foods!
    As I said…mawning world. Time to wake up and smell the grass! Ooops! sorry…do not do that…cancer is around the corner…these days it is almost dangerous to smell anyting…well….at least have a good day! Love someone for instance…Love ya David. Ya doing great work!!!

    • It is all about socialization but if hard times hit and some entrepreneur can present the snails to look appetizing, the word will spread ‘it taste good’ and all the dry talk will end.

      We forget that taste is acquired, if we were born in Australia we would be eating snake, in China insects and rodents etc.

  6. In Trinidad, I have eaten manicou (like an opposum), lap, agouti (like a large rat), also in Dominica. There I had the pleasure of eating Mountain Chicken – nothing more than a frog. In Jamaica, crocodile (also in Cuba) and large crayfish. Curacao – iguana. Venezuela – snake. In Canada I once tasted Black Beetles – roasted and canned – the same black beetles we used to have around here, not seen one in ages! Somebody obviously thought there was a market for them!! Have eaten cat and or dog for sure in a Chinese restaurant we used to handle the air-conditioning for many years ago in Trinidad – lots of cat & dog hairs in their filters. Their food was the best in San Fernando. What is one man’s taste is another’s gain!

    I eat land crab everywhere I go in the Caribbean, and in Barbados too…and no…I do not purge them, there is no need. The list goes on and on, and now as I said, I can add African Snail to dat, and monkey too (soon). Every insect is eaten in parts of the world, including the hideous cockroach (and I must admit I might have a problem there! Also with maggots…but then…my father always taught us nevah say nevah ’till ya taste it. And he was right!).

    So I still say with the African Snail… If we do not like ’em, somebody else will. That’s why we have a world. That’s why we need to be able to share our foods. And that’s how we will ultimately survive. Sharing. Even if we make some money doing so.

    We say we want Chinese Tourist? Open an African Snail restaurant and have that as the only thing on the menu. You will see Chinese suddenly arriving here in droves to eat!

    Same with Monkey when it comes to Japan – their specialty and it is very very expensive is to put a live monkey on a specially made table, cut part of its head off, and eat the live brain., Now you wannah feel sick..this is it! But the Japanese are honoured if you partake and you bettah be honoured to be invited!

    In France there is a restaurant (if it still there but it was for many years, if not) by the side of a river whose specialty and only item on the menu was river rat. People came from all over the world to taste this ‘delicacy’. We have some big ones in Bridgetown…believe they even play around in the Careenage, so they could be Salt Water Rat and all…

    And by the way, see that Lion Fish that is now being called a pest? Well…when prepared correctly it is an expensive specialty fish…delicious too. Dem eating it in Jamaica. Jah land to the L in lion! Bless.

  7. @Kiki – most things yes. Life and death is a balance too. Pun intended. However the monkey in Japan, you have to eat whilst the animal is still alive. The blood of goats and cows is extricated in Africa whilst the animal is still alive and apparently makes a great drink. The animal lives on to produce more…something like our own when we go to the hospital to *give blood*.Hmmm…

  8. Apparently human flesh is still eaten in secret…all over the world…against the law of course but….now that really brings food into another whole level. Some real nice pieces of meat walking around ’bout hey! Actually that is really not funny. Sorry. But fact is fact.

  9. rosemary, it’s just the monkey brain that’s supposed to be eaten as a delicacy to give you spiritual powers.. apparently if you eat black cobra snake nobody can stab you as your skin becomes so tough..

  10. The idea that because African Snails are enjoyed in Africa Barbadians should eat them, falls short of the mark. Bush meat of all kinds in enjoyed in Africa, some of it Bajans would find repulsive. Horse meat is enjoyed in Belgium, just across the channel in England people do not think it is a good idea. The Chinese I understand eat dog meat, in Iran most people would not have a dog in their house.

    Countries have practices based on cultural differences, there might be no logic to it, but so it is….that is what makes countries and people different.

    Don’t beat up Bajans because they do not like African Snails, those who do….gorge yourselves.

  11. Nobody is beating up Bajans…I feel if Bajans do not want to eat them…so be it. Nutting wrong in dat. All I said is that I was taught to taste at least before coming up with a silly excuse like “yuk”. And also talked about the strange things eaten everywhere in the world, mostly because Barbadians are carrying on as if eating a snail is the nastiest thing ever. Food is a cultural thing…and I do not put down what others eat…just make my own choices…and write about both aspects of the equation.

    What I say in the case of Barbados is very simple. We are a small island. We can easily control this snail by farming/canning and exporting! And in any case one cannot force people to do that either. The question above is Should We Eat or Kill…and I say one can eat, and one can also export. Killing is going to require even more damage to our soil…take your choice..make some money off de snails, or put some more pesticide into our earth and kill ourselves instead!

    De African Snail has not been a bother to me…perhaps they know when to stay away…so one way or another…one can only give advice, and let the wind blow which way….simple tings.

  12. The bounty paid for the collection of African Snails is too low, if the snails are the nuisance we are told they are …and I believe the information; raise the bounty to a level that equates with the urgency of the situation – expensive it is true – and in a few years Barbadian children will be asking, what is an African Snail?

  13. Taken from: known as:

    Conch (marine snail), Escargot (French), Helix pomatia, Helix aspersa (brown snail), Helix aspersa maxima, Achatina fulica (a giant African snail), caracois (Portuguese), caracoles (Spanish), Helix punctata, Helix pisana or Helix alonensis, Roman snail and garden snail.
    Snails are eaten as food in some parts of the world. Although escargot is the French word for “snail”, escargot on an English menu is generally reserved for snails prepared with traditional French recipes (served in the shell with a garlic & parsley butter).

    Helix pomatia, the Edible snail, prepared in its shell, with parsley butter.

    Helix aspersa aspersa also known as the European brown snail, is cooked in many different ways, according to different local traditions.

    Achatina fulica, a giant African snail, is sliced and canned and passed off on some consumers as escargot. (THIS IS THE BAJAN AFRICAN SNAIL AS NOTED ABOVE)

    Snails are also popular in Portugal, and served in cheap snack houses and taverns, usually boiled with garlic.

    Traditional Spanish cuisine is very fond of snails, too. Small to medium size varieties are usually cooked in several spicy sauces or even in soups, while the bigger ones may be reserved for other dishes such as the “arroz con conejo y caracoles” (a paella-style rice with snails and rabbit meat, very popular in the inner regions of south-eastern Spain) or the many local versions of gazpacho (also a typical meal of meat and vegetables with pieces of unleavened flour cakes).
    Nutrition Value:
    Snail, 1 oz. (28g) (raw)
    Calories: 25
    Calories from Fat: 4
    Total Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 14mg
    Sodium: 20mg
    Total Carbohydrate: 1g
    Dietary Fiber: 0g
    Sugars: 0g
    Protein: 5g
    Vitamin A: 1%
    Vitamin C: 0%
    Calcium: 0%
    Iron: 5%
    Perhaps we could ship to Spain and Portugal…apart from keeping some for use in gourmet restaurants here…hmmm…do we have any really, really? Sounds like a lucrative market whatever way you look at it. Imagine a lovely label on a can of a happy serene snail, sea in the background, sunset just coming over the water.. Bajan African Snail – an exotic product from Barbados! And remember snails are sold in cans, the shell can be sold together with the can, or left behind for making of jewellery and other crafts….can even be used in the visual arts.


    To prepare snails in Barbados:

    Purge snails for three to four days in a balanced animal feed or any kind of meal. Or in bread and vegetables doused in beer. Snails love beer and it makes a great cleanser. Bank Beer you are on!! Remove from pen and place into a pot of boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes. Removing froth from top of water all the while. Once over wash snails under cold water. Remove the flesh from shell with a skewer or a snail fork. Wash under running water by gently rubbing the snail, all the soft parts will come off. Remove any eggs (caviar is for a later experiment!) as well. Whilst washing place the snail into a bowl of salt water and lime. Wash off once cleansing is finished. Place snails into a pressure cooker. Cover in equal amount of rum (Mount Gay of course) and white wine (or beer). Pressure cook for 20 minutes. Remove from pressure cooker, place in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute (not necessary but if you are in hospital cleansing mode, do this). Snails are now ready for a simple recipe, or a slightly more ‘french one’. Bon Appetit.

    Snails a la Bajan Bourguignonne
    Preheat over to 400 degrees. 24 snails. Mix together 4/5 garlic cloves, crushed in a garlic crusher or finely chopped. 3 sprigs chive, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Pat snails dry. Place onto special snail dishes or into a baking dish. Pour slightly melted butter mixture over snails. Place in oven until butter begins to bubble. Remove. Serve immediately with slices of fresh French bread (available at Super Centre) or toasted Bajan Salt bread for sopping up left-over butter. A little wine and salt could also be added to the butter mixture…even a touch of fresh chopped hot peppers. Naturally a well-chilled bottle of good white wine is a plus!
    Bon Apetit.

  14. Frankly I would like to eat Mr Clarke and all the people in his department for doing nothing by way of seriously halting the spread of the snail from the time it was first discovered some six or so years ago … They still go to work every day … unscathed!

  15. Apparently island gal it can be used in dog food and chicken feed. Catch, purge, cook(not sure if required), dry and pulverize. By the way…did you see that i mentioned (something that is constantly overlooked) that the conk is also a snail??? A gigantic one too….Okay den!

  16. I do not think BAFBFP that Mr. Clark would be as sweet and tasty as those snails…leave him alone…let someone with some real money who knows how to make even more take my idea and run wid it!! This is a sure ting! I can see it now…leh me tell ya….Bajan African Snails…and exotic from Barbados – the land of sea and sun! I hear the jet planes coming in full of gourmands…..:) the island booming with people looking for snails…could even be a whole new bus tour…pick up your own snails…we will purge and cook for ya…with talks on how they got here…and how Barbados was so innovative, they got the message first befo’ America….ha ha haaa…

  17. Rosemary Parkinson | September 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM | (something that is constantly overlooked)
    Is that here in Barbados or elsewhere and, by overcooked, do you mean it is too soft or has lost its nutrients at the time of being served?

  18. Miss Parks

    I eat conch all de time yah know … You could get it at Super Centre or any Chinese specialty shop for about $18.00 per pack. I bought a pack of snails in a supermarket in Canada and cooked them … they tasted like chemicals …!

    I have a sign in my yard that reads ” No Africans by Order of Management”
    … it seems to be working for me

  19. Island Chick

    Wait you got dogs ..? You feel that they could develop a shine to cooked Chief Agricultural Officer Clarke if he were steamed with Speckled Rice?

  20. I am not a food person, I only eat to live. However, when it comes to what I consumed I am a purist and traditionalist at heart. I am not adventurous nor am I open minded when it comes to tasting different foods . I stick to what I know.I guess most people in different culture of the world behave the same way too. Caribbean people no different. I think of all the caribbean countries
    Trinidad and Tobago has the most diverse pallet. Boi, they eat just about anything: Guana, monkey, manicou, crocodile, etc you name it, Trini will curry all a dem. Trinidad even got feature in one of these “bizarre food” episode on the food channel.Ms Parks you mention that you ate crocodile in JA, Where did they served that? It must be in one of these all inclusive hotels.

  21. I remember back then when Foot and Mouth disease was prevalent in the UK. Farmers used to be quite irate if we crossed their lands, in the course of our duties, and especially after weekends. They were afraid that since most of us went off on weekends all across the UK, there was that likelihood that many of us, most likely ,had visited an affected area and might had brought back the dreaded virus to contaminate their farms.
    When the African Snail first surfaced in the island, the authorities did nothing to contain them in that particular area, where it might have been possible to eradicate them . Landscapers up to now ,are under no restrictions in relocating mould and other materials from these affected areas and transporting them all across the island.This, in my opinion, is the single most cause of the rapid spread of the snail islandwide. Look how swiftly and decisive the US authorities acted in Florida to contain the recent outbreak of snails in Florida.
    Other countries, including parts of the UK were infested with the African snail, and were successful in eradicating them. Why don’t we learn from them?

  22. @Alien…meaning the food has lost all its nutrients by overcooking….we tend to overcook fish and meats of all kinds…we like we meat dry as they say…@BAFBFP I had fresh snails from the market in Toronto, they were delicious. Canned snails, which is what we mostly get down here in specialty stores, needs extra garlic butter and salt & pepper to take away the canned taste…maybe a little soak in salt water could help. I will try that nexx time…! If you eat conk you eating sea snail. Simple as dat. Conk is eaten here with gusto but is definitely part and parcel of the diet of other islands…cannot wait to get to Bahamas to go under de bridge in Nassau and eat some raw conk, fresh outta de sea, a squeeze of lime…perfection!

  23. There was a time when land turtles were kept in pit toilets. A sort of Rose Tree trimmer, living on the job (by) .No Bajan in his right mind would think of eating land turtle. The Giant African Snail can be now be seen scavenging in refuse bins and other such places.How long before they acquire the taste of a land turtle.

  24. I hear that there is a Testicle Festival somewhere in the US every year … I wonder if we could hire some thugs to rendition Chief Clarke and his crew to that part of the world in time for the preparations …!

  25. Miss Parks

    Raw conch is cool … Conch gets tough when it is cooked (when it cooked for a very long time or pressure cooked it gets soft again) so when it is raw, particularly picked and left to sit for a couple of hours it is as you say …

  26. If a man could swallow nails, eat drinks stoppers (bottle covers) and eat razor blades. what is wrong with African snails and sargassum sea weed ?
    Is it because the snails are African that Bajans dont like them ?
    Would Bajans eat the snails if they were white European snails?

    Just Asking !
    Isnt this food for thought?

  27. Islandgal
    Today is me sabbaf so I does like ta keep a lo profile. LOL

    Jess lookin at dem snails does mek me kekkk (feel like pukeing). So I whun even fathom dah tawt bout eatin dem.

    I is a delicacy too n I whun mind gettin ‘eat’.
    BAF, you game?

  28. Facts

    These creatures carry parasites within their bodies. Because they are eaten by “adventurous connoisseurs,” doesn’t mean that they are fit for human consumption. In deed, I wouldn’t give them to a dog; that would be a slow-poisonous death.

  29. @Facts….u are so factual as a matter of fact that you’re not reading the facts…”adventurous connoisseurs” ? Well de whole of France, Spain, Portugal and the entire continent of Africa mussee full o’ dem!

    @Fortyacresandamile…I ate crocodile when I joined a cook-up in de bush after a hunt (was writing Nyam Jamaica – a culinary tour)…they were hunting for birds/ducks…also some crayfish the size of lobster from a river…and a crock just got in the way and landed up on the barbecue pit. A little tough but he was tasty. There are quite a few Bajans on the east coast that eat monkey by the way….fast becoming the meat of “adventurous connoisseurs.”

    Barbados had (or might still have) an ostrich farm, and that meat was also excellent. And in the old days in some Caribbean islands, including Barbados, the land turtle or morocoy was also eaten. Barbados has a lot of wild hares…unfortunately no one has managed to ketch one for me but I hear dem sweet. One jumped out at me in a field in St. Philip but by the time I got me camera up to me eye, all I managed to get in the photo was his backside…which would have been in a pot in no time at all if he was not so fast! Guinea hens are also sweet meat.

    There was a time when a Bajan would not touch shark…the occasional shark caught was used for dog food and sold off at $1 a pound…I loved that time…shark being a specialty of mine, either fried or raw in ceviche…now Bajans have become “adventurous connoisseurs” eating so much shark, fishermen catching dem and de price gorn up real big time with the ress’ o’ de fish…so perhaps, one nevah knows, Bajan Snail might just make a kitchen, stove and dinner table near you in the future.

    The one thing that is constant in life is change!

    Oh! a good case in question re the importance of Caricom sorting out the movement of foods between the islands (should have been done before people)…Jamaicans do not eat sea eggs…eff you see eggs on the reefs in Jamaica…lawd…big, fat, juicy and full. Would it not be wonderful to have sea eggs imported into Barbados? Especially as we might get them teal cheap ’cause a Jamaican would not catch heself putting one o’dem into his mouth. And Bajans? You know dem black cobblers that used to be under all kind of rock and eff you stand on one de only way to get those black spines out your foot was to piss on dem or put candle wax? (do not go near the reefs these days so do not know if dem still there), well those are exported by Martinique & Guadeloupe to France where one can purchase them for eating at most fish markets…

    “Adventurous connoisseurs” keep the movement of food swinging like a pendulum. Hated now, loved tomorrow.

    Happy Exotic “BajanA” Snail week guys! Bless.

  30. Miss Parks

    I want to try some ram or bull balls … I know that normally the male animals are the ones that end up on the chopping block so where do they store the balls? Are they feed to the animals? Is this what farmers refer to as sweet meat?

  31. I won’t eat them but then I won’t eat sea egg either, nor conch.

    Don’t like to eat slimy nasty things.

    But yes I put my gloves on and pick them from around my house.

    But no I won’t eat them.

  32. Laurie the agriculuture man must start eating snails publicly Haynsley dared him to put his mouth where his mouth is guess he hasnt started. No snails for me thanks but no thanks. Love sea eggs will eat them anytime when is sea egg harvesting starting again?

  33. Oh! and I forgot the sweet welks or wilks…love ’em too. Lawd I love food. The essence of life! Everything eats something including plants…so imagine all that is being eaten at every second…could be you next!! Ha ha haaaa….I hear ya Bonny Peppa!!!

  34. Ask Bajans to eat snails? There are many Bajans who are proud to proclaim that they do not eat breadruit, sweet potatoes and other ground provisions, unless of course they are served at Brown Sugar or Bagatelle GH. This trend had prompted the famous statement from the late PM Dipper Barrow that, “the Colonel from the Confederate South had won the hearts and minds of our people.”


    Now list-ten to me causen I only saying um once:
    Dis ol geezert may be ol school but lemma tell ya, tawk bout sof n tenda n suck-ulent. De young whippa-snappas dat does got you lickety-lipz n dickety-dick waterin, in want nutton wid dis suck-ulent n moist ol geezert. ya wanna bet? gimme a holla anytime den.

    Ms. Rosemary

    Colonel Buggy
    I spen lil time inGermany n I kno dat I eat summa all kinda strange shite-tings but dem did taste good n dem stan dung in me stummuck. So eff wunna-all gine gimme ‘snail’ jess doan leh me kno wah um is befo I eat um. Den again I change my mind,From now on, I in eatin nutton dat I doan kno wah um is. So you gine gotta cancel dah dinna-date dat we had fa dis Satda nite at Bagatelle GH. LOL ya too swoiteee.
    By de by, I still luvs ya.

  36. @Dear Aunt Bonny Peppa: “Now list-ten to me causen I only saying um once: Dis ol geezert may be ol school but lemma tell ya, tawk bout sof n tenda n suck-ulent. De young whippa-snappas dat does got you lickety-lipz n dickety-dick waterin, in want nutton wid dis suck-ulent n moist ol geezert. ya wanna bet? gimme a holla anytime den.

    Dear Aunt Peppe… Please tell me (and us) how that helps us to compete on the International Playing Field.

    How the fsck does it help?


  37. My dearest nevu Halsall
    Oh jesus croisssss, you name BAF now?
    Kip outta big peeple convasashuns likkle boy.
    Didn’t I tawt you as a youngsta dat it is bad mannas ta juck in ya mout when big peeple tawkin?
    I wood gih you a hard slap n put ya in de corna widout any suppa tonite.
    Wait til ya trough put n bubble in um.

    Cornerrrrrrrr. de slap comin later ‘ron.

  38. My Dearest aunt Peppa…

    Have you consider that you have more important issues to deal with than you sorry life.

    Sorry… That might be considered mean… (And will be understood as being funny by those who understand Aunt Bonny and her cousins…)

  39. Islandgal
    I eat lambie in Grenada many moons ago n um din taste bad a’tall. But dese African snails, oh my gawddddddd. Is only one ting dat I like ta ‘eat’ dat does slime so, n I in tawkin ’bout okras needa. N fa me, de slimiah de bettah.
    LOLL, ya gun tell ma dat I too bad. I kno.

  40. Wait Islandchick, don’t tell me that I gun need a Gillette fusion for you too … Wah wrong wid wunna ol’ schools, if wunna like to feed you must get wid the program … ha ha ha … Bacon baby, bacon … and whip cream, but no feathers … ha ha ha ha …

  41. BAF
    Wahevva mek you feel good, walk wid, causen when ya get hay all we gun got on is de radio, hare? Gillette fusion or holla-groun razah.

  42. Islandgal
    Dere is pork n den dere is udda pork. Ef ya dowt me, ask any good pork connoisseur.Muslim or rasta. Ask BAF.

  43. BAFFY……de chicken done get plucked so nah Gilette fusion bout hey an ah hope yuh kno what tah do wid de lollypop? Lawdy wunna two Badddddd!

  44. Oh shoot I sorry I miss and went to a appointment …I miss all dis ol’ talk .. David you see how dese chicks behaving inside hey … David, Padre you have to exercise standards .. Ha ha ha ha .. David de killin mah. Look dah joker who bring the calypso “Too much Bitin’ insects” got to be on he way out. I ain’ too sure ’bout ratas and Muslims but I took a shine to Sparrow from the time I was in short pants and short enough to peep under skirts without gettin’ discover …

    Pluck Chckens … my head dizzy now … oh Gad …!

  45. Snail numbers are down this rain season in my part of the planet. A close friend said the millipedes are eating them and their eggs.

    Natural predator perhaps?


  46. I have read about this giant African Snail in Barbados and how it has been ignored as a delicacy. The African Snail is not different from conch (with the exemption that snail is on land) and conch is at sea. Surprisingly, we have no problem eating conch. In the Bahamas, for example, conch is even prepared raw and it is a popular delicacy. On a serious note, the snail is the most expensive meat item in Nigeria. All that the Barbadians need is learn how to prepare it. Simple lime juice will clean the slimy and it can prepared using any methods of cooking. I need the opportunity to demonstrate this on local television in Barbados. On the other hand why not export it to France. Killing them is nothing but waste of scarce resources. Lets stop killing them and eat them.

  47. Ibrahim

    Welcome to BU.

    Have you tried to contact our television station? It would be interesting to see you prepare a dish of these ‘delicacies’. I have no wish to partake in any of these dishes but others might be. Looking at these snails makes me nauseous furthermore eating them. yukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  48. Nia
    I would swim cross a lake a crockadiles fuss befo I wear anyting mek from dem snailz.

  49. @Bonny – Lol! I wouldn’t eat them, but I would totally rock a snail shell necklace. If I could learn the proper way to sanitize and preserve them I would make them myself too.

    People often take dead birds, bear claws, fox tails, insects, deer antlers, almost anything that is roadkill or has died a natural death, and sell it as wearable handmade art or home decor. So it could definitely be done with our snails.

    Afterlife Anatomy:

    Kill Jar Jewelry:

  50. Nia
    I had two pheasants that were cured n mounted on a stand one time. Male n female. I would keep them in the corner of my living room and you should see the expression on everyone’s face when they entered my home for the first time. That of course, was a real thriller for me to watch their expression. Eventually they started to come apart and I disposed of them.

    Wish you luck with your snail necklace or bracelet or ear-rings or toe ring or engagement ring or wind chime.

  51. @ Colonel Buggy:

    Thanks Colonel! You have taken us down memory lane. Remember most black Bajans have their Ghanaian ancestry embedded in their DNA. These so-called African snails were brought to the new World along with the slaves as a source of food on those perilous journeys. Just like the green monkeys!

    Snails formed an important source of protein and minerals, especially calcium which they could not get from milk since milk was reserved for he whites.

    As the black slaves moved away from snails as an important element in their diet the expanding population was contained by the roaming animals such as goats , pigs, small reptiles, wild birds, “yardfowls” and dogs who ate them as a source of food and calcium.
    With the adoption of a dainty, pristine, clinical, and chemical-dependent lifestyle, these “roaming” snail predators were removed from our physical surroundings, enclosed in pens on “industrial” farms and fed a diet of imported processed food. This change in the eco system created an imbalance in which these gastropods were now without any natural predator to control their populations; and like humans, overrun the place.

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