Origin

Origin

Our Locos are directly extracted by organized and qualified fishermen who administer Areas of Management and Chatch of Benthic Resources (AMERB), that are provided in the Maritime Destination according to the current regulations in Chile.

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Know the Loco

The Loco (Concholepas concholepas) is a gastropod mollusk. It is known under the commercial names of Loco, Southest Loko Shell, Chilean abalone, bamaclerockshell, tolina, donkey leg and chanque. This resource is endemic of our coasts and takes about five to six years to reach its ideal size in the market.

In terms of its high nutritional intake, it is possible to mention that 100 grams of the Loco contain: 439 Kj (105 kcal); 17,1grams of protein; 0,76 grams of fat (saturated fat 0,149 grams, polyunsaturated fat 0,104 grams and monounsaturated fat 0,107grams; cholesterol 85 mg;  carbohydrates 6,01grams; fiber 0 grams; sugar 0 grams; sodium 301 mg and potassium 250 mg.

Gastronomically, it is very well known thanks to its delicious white meat, intense taste and firm texture.

The catch of the Loco has been intense because it is in danger of extinction. For this reason, it is kept under constant closed seasons. Nowadays, the only legal possibility that artisan fishermen have in order to commercialize this product is to have a Management Area and Benthic Resources. (AMERB).

The Loco has a deep root among aboriginal people who inhabit in Chile. In fact, the commercial name of this resource comes from the mapuche term loko (Lenz, 1910) having been found traces of its presence which have up to 6000 years old in shell mountains and burials which give account of the utilization of the shells as tools to cut and scrape (Lucero, 2004).

Defending the indigenous and ancestral identity of this fine mollusk, we decided to incorporate native ingredients to our preparations such as tepa leaves, Chilean laurel (Laureliopsisphilippiana) and pepper from the cinnamon tree (Drimyswinteri), in order to highlight the indomitable and native nature of the Loco.

Lenz, Rodolfo (1910) “ Etymological Dictionary. Chilean Voices derived from native American languages”. Cervantes Printing. p. 435

Lucero, Marcela (2004) “Evaluation of the use of artefacts made of shell in the initial settlement of the semiarid region of Chile ”University of Chile. p. 18, 55, 77, 78, 83, 92 y 142.