Le Lumache
Snails

Le lumache - snails - are a popular food in Italy. 

There are all different ways in which they can be served and they come in different sizes ranging from small to large.   Even sea snails - le lumache di mare - are an Italian food.

  

The different categories are:
la lumachina - small snail (size of a small grape)
la lumaca - medium-sized snail
il lumacone - big snail (size of a golf ball)
la monzetta -
medium-sized snail with a dark shell.  The name 'monzetta' means 'little nun.'  When these snails hibernate they produce a white substance which shuts them within their shell.  The white substance against the dark shell looks like the colours worn traditionally by a nun - black with some white.

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