Besides being delicious, snails make fertiliser, gel

Dr Paul Kinoti, a food technologist from JKUAT displays lotion made from snail extracts. The university is breeding the Giant African Land Snail, which is commonly found on farms across East Africa. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG

What you need to know:

  • According to Kinoti, the nutritional value of snails surpasses that of any other animal since they contain fatty acids, calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium and are a rich source of vitamins E, A, K and B12.
  • Selenium from snails is vital for the human body since it keeps the heartbeat regular, boosts the immune system and protects cells against damage, he opined.
  • For a farmer to start rearing the snails, they need a permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service and they should ensure that the boxes have enough space for each of the snails to avoid overcrowding.
  • To make 50 grammes of bio-snail cream, one requires 100 snails. The process involves exerting pressure on the snails in a confinement to extract the slime that is then laced with perfume to meet the cosmetic benefit.

Until recently, snails were seen as pests and many cringed at their sight. Well, the slippery creatures have come out of their shells and are literally crawling into your plate as an irresistible delicacy, to your farm as fertiliser and to your skin as lotion.

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