The entire collection and production process is done by hand
The female flathead mullets (bafa as the locals call it) are collected during the summer months, June, July and August, at the time they have eggs and are ready to lay them. The fishing procedure is extremely important, as the fish must be calm in order to maintain the quality of the eggs at high levels.
The entire collection and production process is done by hand. Botargo is found in the ovaries of the fish which are divided into two elongated cylindrical lobes, occupying about half of the body of the fish which are surrounded by a thin membrane. After removing the botargo from the fish, we rinse it with salt water and cure it with coarse salt as to absorb the moisture. Then, we place it in the traditional wooden planks to get its shape. Afterwards, it is soaked in natural beeswax as to avoid contact with air and deterioration. By this process, and without a trace of artificial preservatives it can be kept for over a year.