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Slugs? Edible? (in)credible?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Hi, just wondering what the protocol on Slug-eating is? There are many huge ones crawling around my property and I might avail myself of them(raw or cooked) if they are edible. I realize there are many types of slugs so maybe a description can help(I dopn't know the classification/genus/species, etc.): Longer than a pointer finger, approx. 1-2" diameter; dark brown-black upper belly with feelers and an orangish ridge around where they make contact with surfaces(underbelly). ANy ideas on whether these are poisonous/edible?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 09, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Dr. Vogel has a famous slug tonic recipe. It makes me sick just reading aabout it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

OMG Why is it that the idea of eating these little bundles of slime totally grosses me out, yet I will happily scarf down a feed of escargot?

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:15 AM

Well, now that you mention it - you are right!

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 01, 2011
at 05:26 AM

Possible that OP lives in the Pacific NW. Slugs are huge around here. Never saw anything like it until I moved to the west coast.

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on August 31, 2011
at 11:00 PM

"fill an entire side of your mouth" Somehow in my mind that does not improve the situation :P

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:42 PM

They are usually a couple of inches long at least, so I'm guessing that could fill an entire side of your mouth. With some good external pressure, I bet you could keep it in place enough to do its magic.

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Ok but how to you keep it against the offending tooth? :S I can imagine it slithering around inside your mouth...

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on August 31, 2011
at 10:21 PM

OK - just HAD to give you a +1 for the "slow food" reference!

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on August 31, 2011
at 07:25 PM

OK - I'm sorry, but that recipe is w-a-a-a-a-y too much work!

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:53 PM

No way. The paleo-poop obsession is much more disturbing. Would much rather read about slug chomping than detailed poop gazing.

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:40 PM

I don't mean to be a slug-eating party pooper, but it would be irresponsible to simply advocate chomping them down because they are wild, local, and arguably "slow" food.

Case in point, this Australian man who contracted meningitis and almost died from eating a couple of slugs on a dare (http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_969551.htm)

The cause of his condition was the parasitic nematode angiostrongylus cantonensis which also lives in the GI tract of other mollusks like land snails and freshwater snails.

The parasite may be killed by high heat cooking, but the cost/benefit ratio might not be there. I can't imagine them being so delicious that it is worth the risk.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:21 PM

OK - just HAD to give you a +1 for the "slow food" reference!

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:04 PM

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 31, 2011
at 07:25 PM

OK - I'm sorry, but that recipe is w-a-a-a-a-y too much work!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

OMG Why is it that the idea of eating these little bundles of slime totally grosses me out, yet I will happily scarf down a feed of escargot?

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 31, 2011
at 09:31 PM

I don't know if this adds to or detracts from their edibility in your mind, but the slime has an anesthetic quality. Supposedly, a Native American cure for a toothache was to put a slug against the offending tooth.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:42 PM

They are usually a couple of inches long at least, so I'm guessing that could fill an entire side of your mouth. With some good external pressure, I bet you could keep it in place enough to do its magic.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on August 31, 2011
at 11:00 PM

"fill an entire side of your mouth" Somehow in my mind that does not improve the situation :P

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on August 31, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Ok but how to you keep it against the offending tooth? :S I can imagine it slithering around inside your mouth...

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 09, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Dr. Vogel has a famous slug tonic recipe. It makes me sick just reading aabout it.

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145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

on August 31, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Just don't salt them, if you want there to be anything left. :-)

ETA: this has to be the grossest thing I have seen here yet. JMO.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on September 01, 2011
at 10:15 AM

Well, now that you mention it - you are right!

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 31, 2011
at 06:53 PM

No way. The paleo-poop obsession is much more disturbing. Would much rather read about slug chomping than detailed poop gazing.

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:18 PM

My son used to be notorious for eating them when he was a toddler. They must be tasty! Never hurt him.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on December 09, 2011
at 04:55 PM

I eat them frequently in my homegrown produce. Never on purpose!!! They are usually fully cooked. I don't like the way they smell, but they haven't killed me yet.

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on August 31, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Holy hell those are huge slugs. I've never seen anything like that... and I live in a forest pretty much. Go for it! The comment about parasites is a definite concern but if they are that big you could still cook them. And there is always that belief that modern sapiens are so susceptible to parasites as are never exposed to them.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on September 01, 2011
at 05:26 AM

Possible that OP lives in the Pacific NW. Slugs are huge around here. Never saw anything like it until I moved to the west coast.

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