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Mastic Snails

Aegean Islands

Chios

Duration

1 h

Availability

Up to 15 persons

Guided Tour

Up to 15 persons

Overnight Stay

Not provided

Active Months

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

The Mastic Snails farm, established in June 2013, specializes in breeding the Helix Aspersa Maxima and Muller snail species, which are well-suited for indoor cultivation. These snails are raised on a diet consisting of corn, barley, soy, cereals, and calcium. During spring, the snails gradually emerge from hibernation, marking the beginning of the fattening season. From March to October, the snails lay eggs multiple times, with each clutch containing 80 to 120 eggs. Harvesting by hand starts in late August and continues until October. Within 15 days of being laid, the eggs hatch into snails, which reach their full size in approximately 3.5 to 4 months. The farm’s maximum annual production capacity is 7.5 tons. The snails are either consumed fresh or processed to meet the demands of both domestic and international markets. Given the global demand for snails surpassing the supply from natural sources or farming, there is a constant need to fulfill this requirement.

TOUR ANS TASTING

Visitors will witness the production of snails, from their birth to their standardization in prepared foods.

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Awards

  • • First place in the quality of the snail’s meat in one of the Thessaloniki’s International Exhibition competitions

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    Products

    Snail fillet marinated in sunflower oil, skordalia, tomato sauce and pesto sauce, Snail fillet boiled and pre-boiled then frozen in a bag, Snail onion stew, Snail bourguignon, Risotto with dried pith, mushrooms and paprika, Snail sausages, Snail meatballs and pasta from snails

    Tour Languages

    Greek, English, French, Turkish

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