Why should you eat snails and buy from us?
We specialise in Helix Aspersa Muller Escargot, known as ‘Petit Gris’, that live inside in the colder months and outdoors in the summer, feasting on fresh vegetables and fruit. This makes our produce beautifully fresh and succulent. All our livestock are bred and raised on Jersey, living outdoors in the Channel Island sunshine from April until October. We are 22 kilometres away from France and 161 kilometres from the UK. Our snails are raised in the parish of St Johns in the North of the Island just a few feet away from the sea.
The Jersey climate is similar to that of southern England, although the weather is reliably warmer and sunnier. The climate on Jersey is at its most favourable Between May and September at which point our Juveniles have been moved outside to benefit from the fresh clean sea air and delightful temperatures day and night.
Even the winter climate on Jersey is relatively mild and average daytime temperatures in January, the coldest month, stays close to 9°C although our snails would have been moved back indoors these mild winter temperatures allows us to use less heating, in turn, less impact on the environment.
Our snails are fed on super fresh local leafy greens and fruit and they get some of their calcium from cuttlefish collected as a family from our shores. They are kept in highly secure pens which is important to guarantee that no pests or toxins can access our snails ultimately ensuring our snails are as clean and healthy as they can be.
The perfect climate, clean air and fresh locally grown food ensure our snails are happy and guaranteed succulent high-quality escargots.
Snails have been part of our diet for thousands of years and originally came to Britain with the Romans. They were already known to harvest Snails, which were considered as a delicacy food. Snails are starting to become more popular since we are more health and environmentally conscious. Snails don’t store fat, they remain a nutritious source of protein, minerals and vitamins They don’t require large areas of land for production and they are seen as a sustainable food source having an extremely low environmental impact and yet a very high protein content.
We need to move on from any preconceptions and embrace them for the fantastic food source they are. Even as recently as the mid-19th century lobsters were seen as pests and the cockroaches of the sea, however, this obviously has now very much changed. Times are changing and so is the way we eat.
The benefit of eating snails as opposed to meat is the protein content of snails which is similar to beef however snails come with a much lower fat content. They are also packed full of iron, calcium, vitamin A & B, Magnesium, Selenium and are a good source of omega-3.
Iron – is essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body.
Protein – high-protein diet can help control spikes in blood glucose, preventing Type 2 diabetes, balancing energy levels and keeping your appetite and mood in check.
Magnesium – our bodies need to maintain normal blood pressure and strengthen bones.
Vitamin B12 – is needed for making red blood cells, keeping the nervous system healthy, releasing energy from the food we eat
Vitamin A – important for growth and development, for the maintenance of the immune system, and for good vision.
Omega-3 – Good for your heart.
Selenium – We need some to keep a healthy immune system and to protect cells against damage.