French treat needs tights, says grandma

Published: 15th April 2009

French treat needs tights, says grandma
A grandmother from Anglesey has declared her strange taste for the British garden's most famous gastropods - the common snail.

Oriole Parker Rhodes, a 59-year-old from Wales, spoke of her desire to oppose the recession by using things to hand - with snails being a particularly popular choice given the fact they were eating her potatoes and generally littering her back garden.

Using a pair of tights, she is able to give them a new home, stretching the hosiery over a flowerpot to let them live for a week after finding mature specimens.

With the help of melted butter, wine, stock, onion, garlic and wild herbs, the gran is able to cook up a storm - although it may not be to most people's taste!

Last month, the Open University asked for students to go on a hunt for banded snails in order to trace the effects of climate change in the UK.

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