BREEDING AND BIOLOGICAL CYCLE
OF THE SNAIL SLIME
6 thousand square meters of land welcome the snails of our breeding, on the slopes of the Gargano, among the enveloping and secular countryside of olive trees.
We take care of them and raise them in the open field according to a method that provides for full respect for the biological cycle and guarantees their well-being.
Beets and cavalier cabbage are sown at the beginning of each spring to provide a rich and balanced diet.
To these two vegetables, always present in the field, are added as a food supplement and according to the seasonal period the products of our garden, which complete and enrich their diet.
Furthermore, the sowing of the dwarf clover guarantees shelter from the sun’s rays and the formation of an optimal microclimate for the growth and reproduction of snails. The irrigation of the field takes place at dusk, so that the water, hit by strong sunlight, damages the vegetation and our snails, which are therefore free to “graze” all night.
Furthermore, no type of pesticides or pesticides are used in our breeding, but 100% natural fertilizers are used.
While our cats are at the forefront of ensuring protection from natural predators.
Once maturity is reached, the snails are collected and selected to start the burr extraction process.
The extraction is carried out by stimulating the animal, through a “manual massage”, the production of drool which, thanks to the care provided, is of excellent quality.
at the end of the extraction, the snails are returned to the field in order to complete their life cycle.
It is clear that the whole process dedicated to the recovery of the slime can be assigned to a company that manages the full biological cycle breeding, of an adequate size, as happens in the Bio-Natura Regina company.
The breeding guarantees correct plant-based nutrition in order to produce quality secretions with specific characteristics such as the need and the market demand.
The field extends for a total of about 4000 square meters and is cultivated with chard, cavagliere cabbage and dwarf clover (which allows the formation of a low and humid substrate under which the snails can shelter from the sun and bad weather).