Eva Milka "a food lover" imported 21,000 snails to start up the 1st business of its kind in Ireland.
There are currently no snail farms in Ireland and Gaelic Escargot has a unique opportunity to become the first Irish company to successfully produce and market free-range fresh escargot. It is Gaelic Escargot's aim to develop a brand of Irish produced escargot which is internationally recognised as a leading supplier within the industry.
Gaelic Escargot based Garryhill Co. Carlow, breeds edible snails (Helix Aspersa Müller variety) for the international and domestic markets.
The baby snails spend up to eight weeks in a polytunnel and fed on rape leaves.
The "nursery" ! The baby snails spend the day under the timber beds, and feed on the rape leaves at night.
They are then transferred to a specially adapted field where they are fed with a selected range of herbs, vegetables and dry food, which results in high quality, easy digestible and nutritious produce, ready for any kind of recipe, and grow to 10g each.
Some like to climb the "roof" supports, but are well protected from any birds looking for a tasty lunch!
Gaelic Escargot’s snails are kept in an outdoor, fenced field which allows them to grow in a natural environment.
It is Gaelic Escargot’s aim to develop an internationally recognised brand of Irish free-range fresh escargot, starting with this years "harvest" of 10 tonnes.