|Better Farming Series 34 - Farming Snails 2: Choosing Snails; Care and Harvesting; Further Improvement (FAO, 1986, 35 p.)|
|Harvesting your snails|
208. If you are going to sell the snails, you can carry them to the market in containers like the ones above. However, you must be very careful not to hurt them or break their shells.
209. Remember, snails with clean shells and well- cared- for snails will sell better at the market.
210. If you want to keep the snails for you and your family to eat later, you can store them alive in containers filled with material such as sawdust or chopped maize husks.
211. That way you can keep them for as long as six to eight weeks before you use them. The drawings below show you how to store snails this way.
1 a box is a good container to store snails in
2 cover the bottom of the box with about 5 cm of sawdust or chopped maize husks
Cover the bottom of the box with sawdust
3 carefully put in a layer of snails
4 cover the snails with about 3 cm of sawdust or chopped maize husks
Cover the snails
5 continue to do this until the box is full
Note: be sure that the top layer of snails is covered