A lot of Nigerians would do anything for a bowl of peppered snail, although we must also admit that not everyone one goes haywire for this Nigerian delicacy. However, if you consider the health benefit of snails, you might just add it to your food timetable every now and then.
Why you should eat snail
Snails contain Protein, which provide a low calorie source of protein and Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, and is also better at filling you up than carbs and fat. Iron which are essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body. A lack of iron can lead to extreme fatigue and anaemia. Vitamin B12, which is needed for making red blood cells, keeping the nervous system healthy, releasing energy from the food we eat and processing folic acid. Luckily, snails have lots of it, Magnesium, which our bodies need to maintain a normal blood pressure, strengthen bones and also keep your heartbeat regular and Omega-3, which is good for your heart.
What you need to make it
Snails ( 5 large snails)
4 habanero peppers (or to your taste)
5 tomatoes(Optional but that means if you’re not using tomatoes at all, then you would be needing more pepper which would make your snail a lot more spicy hot – depending on what you like)
1 cooking spoon vegetable oil
1 big stock cube
Salt ( You need to be very mindful of the quantity of seasoning and salt you add to the snails. We know its not like beef and chicken and can hardly absorb much seasoning.
Get the Snails ready
-Break the shells of the snails with firm stone and clean out the snail slime using lemon, lime, salt or alum
-Cut onion(into half) and peppers into tiny pieces. and if you’re using tomatoes, remove the seeds from the tomatoes and cut them into thin slices.