The snail is a gastropod mollusk with a unique, helical shell, found in gardens and orchards. Snails are very common in French and Italian cuisine. The most valuable are the so-called "vineyard" ones which, like all snails, require a long preliminary operation.
However, today snails are also marketed in special packages containing a box with molluscs (usually 12) and a transparent tube with the shells.
The most famous preparation is the bourguignonne, in which the shell, complete with mollusc, is filled with butter and flavored with parsley, garlic, shallot, lemon, then cooked in the oven for a few minutes. Snails are also good stewed and sautéed.