Snail Farming & Tasting Experience

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Learn about snail production and enjoy a tasting tour

Experience greenhouse snail farming in Torres Novas (1 hour from Lisbon) ! Enjoy a snail tasting tour in Portugal and discover how to make a snail farm.

What is included:

  • Arrival at the farm and welcome by the producer
  • Guided tour of the farm
  • Practical workshop
  • Snail picking experience
  • Tasting of snails

Minimum party of two required to book

Our producer
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 temperature 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 snails
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, posses anti-cancer properties, and help in boosting the immune system and fighting against cancerous cells. Snail slime is extremely rich in allantoin, collagen, and elastin, which are 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 scars and wounds.