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Things to do in Lisbon: Visit a Snail Farm

Things to do in Lisbon: Visit a Snail Farm

Written in 02 May 2019

The technical name is heliciculture, but in practice it is the production of snails. The summery snack of many Portuguese can be an interesting business, especially the "caracoleta", whose size allows year-round income and with a price that compensates for its captive exploitation. The Helix aspersa maxima are hermaphrodites, so it is here that the question of stiffness of the shell is posed. Some protections are broken and new animals are lost. The moments occur from January to March and from August to September. Each caracoleta puts about 100 eggs, although the number can oscillate between 80 and 150. The ... Read more
Things to do in Madeira: Visit a Banana Farm

Things to do in Madeira: Visit a Banana Farm

Written in 01 May 2019

The culture of Banana was introduced in the Madeira Island during its settlement, however, only from the twentieth century has its cultivation and commercialization abroad gained more expression. The first reference to the presence of banana cultivation on the island dates from 1552, when the British Thomas Nichols passed through the island, which reported it among the existing cultures. The date of the introduction is, in fact, unknown, pointing out, due to this account, to the sixteenth century. The orography of the Island, which is characterized by marked relief, conditioned the way the farm was organized. The vast majority of ... Read more
Things to do in Lisbon: Visit a Strawberry Farm

Things to do in Lisbon: Visit a Strawberry Farm

Written in 30 April 2019

Strawberry is a fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, E, C, B5 and B6, calcium, iron and other minerals and low in calories. It is the easiest fruits to grow in garden, balcony or flower pot. Source Strawberries are plants originating in the temperate zones of the northern and southern hemispheres, which belong to the genus Fragaria. The common or garden strawberry is the result of a hybrid produced in the eighteenth century in France between Fragaria chiloensis and Fragaria virginiana, sometimes called Fragaria x ananassa. Other good options for the garden are the already mentioned Chilean strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) ... Read more