SNAILS FOR THE FRENCH
41 tons of grape snails harvested in Brest region, which is two-fold more than in previous year
12 habitats of grape snail are registered in the region. Largest populations are observed in Baranovichi, Brest, Pruzhany and Kobrin districts — mostly in old parks and adjoining broadleaved woodlands. Grape snails are believed to be brought here from western Europe by Polish noblemen in early 20th century.
Harvest season lasts from spring to fall. Gathering personnel of “Firma Moka” works in large-scale habitats of the snail. Many local residents join the new business too — young and old, and even entire families gather snails here. For instance, summer residents of one of summer colonies near Brest show success in snail business. In summer they pick up to 20 snails per square meter.