The secret Life of the Snails
Want to know the life of snails? Come and take a guided tour of a snail production and get a closer look at how they live and how they feed. You will arrive at the snail farm and we will introduce you to the farmer. After the presentation, we will walk through the farm to see the snails and all the equipment and special techniques. We will see the snail nursery where they produce the "caviar" that are much appreciated by many countries. This is a true experience, so you will pick some snails. The farmer will teach you how to taste snails and explain what makes good snails —and what makes the bad stuff, too. To finish our experience we will have a great lunch in the farm (optional), and we will taste an easy and savory Portuguese recipe. You will end this day with a wealth of knowledge about production techniques, history, and the freshness, intensity, and variety that high-quality snails can offer. If you wish to propose another day or time for the experience, send me us a message: email@example.com and we will do our best to reschedule, or we can include one more experience for all day.
Location: Torres Novas
Duration: 4 hours
Number of persons: 2 to 20 people
Our experience will include:
- Arrival to the farm and welcome by the producer
- Guided tour of the farm
- Practical workshop
- Snail picking experience
- Tasting of snails
- Lunch *
*Lunch will include: drinks, appetizers, fried beans and snails "feijoada", dessert and coffee
Transportation from Lisbon :
- 1 un = 1 transportation - 2 - 4 persons
- 2 un = 1 transportation - 5 - 8 persons
- 3 un = 2 transportation - 9 - 16 persons
- 4 un = 3 transportation - 17 -20 persons
Our farm creates and markets snails as well as "Helix Aspersa Máxima" fingerlings in an adapted complete biological cycle. All the production is carried out in an agricultural greenhouse with irrigation systems by nebulizers, in order to guarantee the ideal temperatura and humidity for the growth and development of the species. The greenhouse is composed of 12 fenced parks seeded with radishes, cabbages and turnips and with an average of 460 shelters in appropriate wood.
The Helix Aspersa is an air-breathing snail, which has a single lung. They have a brownish soft body, covered with slimy mucus and yellow or cream-colored shells with brown spiral stripes. The shell of this species has a height of about 0.9-1.3 inches, and a width of 0.9-1.5 inches and a lip appears at its edge when an individual is old. It is a small mollusk, with a shell that has a sphere shape and a slightly rough surface, with about 4 or 5 spirals.
Snails are a great source of the valuable lectin, possesses anti-cancer properties and helps in boosting the immune system and fighting against cancerous cells. The snail slime is extremely rich in allantonin, collage and elastin, which is beneficial for the treatment of skin diseases and broken bones. The secretions also have a copper peptide, which is regarded as the only source of a substance manufactured for creating creams that are useful in minimizing scares and wounds.
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