Snails have been a part of our diet since prehistoric times. During the Minoan period, they were a popular and nutritious food for the Cretans and later on, for all of the ancient Greeks. The helical shape of the snail's shell was, after all, what inspired Archimedes to invent the “endless screw“. Snails were consumed until the 18th century, when the art of breeding snails has been neglected. Today, the interest for snails tends to flare up due to their high gastronomic and nutritional value. They are low in fat, rich in iron and protein and contain all the amino acids needed by the human body.