"Land snails spend most of their time in the leaf litter layer. There, they consume the dead and decaying vegetation, helping to decompose it. With the nutrient-rich feces they leave behind, snails play a role in soil formation. As environmental clean-up crews, snails’ nutrient-cycling activity extends also to fungi, and some species even specialize as consumers of dead animals. From insects to mammals, snails and slugs rasp away at soft tissues, leaving exoskeletons and bones clean, all the while enriching the soil with their droppings." -Marla Coppolino
Another a bit of snail magic: some species pollinate wild ginger and trillium when few other pollinators are out on those wet early spring days!
Read more on "The Nature and Microcosm of Snails" here.
Thanks for your patience with this week's menu release! You'll find local mushroom duxelles with ground elder, black walnut shortbread and an herby, black garlic, sunchoke salad.
Looking forward to feeding you!
Carly lives and eats from a hilltop in Cummington, Massachsuetts and part time in Schenectady, NY.