Heliceculture has been gaining momentum for several years, as it is one of the few agricultural activities that can make the most of the land, unlike many other crops. Within a few years, it became possible to breed snails using the new indoor method “Heliceculture at home”, that is, in a greenhouse with snails that live in sown land, as in natural outdoor cultivation.
There are many advantages: less labor, snails live naturally and freely among vegetation, no predators, annual production is even four times higher. Sales of snail slime for cosmetic and pharmaceutical use, as well as snail eggs (called Etrurian pearl) can also be added to the revenue from the sale of gastronomic snails. Snail eggs are a very valuable white product that is particularly resistant to any kind of impact. They are characterized by a special aroma, which in taste resembles the aromas of the forest and vaguely repeats the aroma of freshly dried earth. There is also a cosmetic application of mucus, which is used to treat multiple skin defects (besides the anti-aging eectiveness, which is indisputable ), since mucus is known as a powerful ally in the treatment of important and irritating skin imperfections, such as: spots, scars, stretch marks, acne, burns and much more.
Not forgetting the sale of snails.The price of a snail varies from 4.5 euros per kg wholesale to 13 euros per kg retail. The snail farm is divided into standard-sized pens of 160 square meters. Each individual box has its own production, which is about 220/230 kg per season. This data in terms of productivity is truly remarkable, and all this is due to the very high fecundity of snails that we know mate at least 3-4 times during the active season, and each perfectly healthy and adult individual lays about 100 eggs after each mating.