The octopus processed at Friperga is the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) that inhabits the Gulf of Cadiz. It is purchased directly at the fish market in Isla Cristina, the largest fishing port in Andalusia and one of the most important in Spain.
It can be said that the octopus found in the Gulf of Cadiz is of the highest quality.
There are various reasons for this:
- Nutrition: Given that the area is rich in seafood, including shrimp, molluscs, mussels, clams, wedge shells, and Venus clams, the octopus found along our shores has a highly distinctive flavour, utterly different from octopi from other parts of the world.
- Fishing method: octopus is caught with small boats, using the traditional method handed down through 100 years, with the greatest respect for the environment and the natural landscape of our coasts.
- Climate: the seawater along the coast of Huelva and Cadiz is at temperatures required for reproduction of octopus. This enables fishing throughout the year, with winter being the most productive season.
- Last but not least, our experience: for over 40 years, we have painstakingly engaged in the production of what we see as the best natural octopus.
Our daily output depends on the catch. During peak season (November and December), our production can reach 12,000 kilograms.
Our maximum freezing capacity is 15,000 kg with a storage capacity of 180,000 kg in two deep-freeze chambers with over 200 metres of total storage space.
We are proud that Friperga’s octopi are directly exported to various countries including Japan, Switzerland, Italy and Greece, and, of course, to different Spanish provinces like Galicia and Barcelona. Our octopus is also shipped to distant countries such as China and UAE through intermediaries.