Commercial salt is packed with anti-caking ingredients and bleaches.
It is ultra refined with added synthetic iodine and lacking the precious minerals of natural sea salt.
The global business of refined table salt is mined by large commercial operations in vast quantities using industrial machinery, conveyor belts and additives.
Commercial table salt production
Hand harvested sea salt in Sicily
Artisan sea salt is a world away from the commercial salt industry.
These salts are produced in small quantities, in select parts of the world where the local natural environmental forces come together to provide the exact circumstances to create these exquisite salt crystals or flakes.
Unrefined sea salt is enriched with naturally occurring minerals and trace elements.
Unlike table salt which has these stripped and washed away.
Each sea salt from a different geographic area has a unique taste reminiscent of the sea, sun and wind of its origin.
Artisan sea salt is harvested by skilled artisans who practice a craft.
Some artisan sea salts are hand harvested using methods that have not really changed for over 2000 years.
Salt workers, like those creating the French Fleur de Sel, produce their hand made products using time honored traditional ways of life.
French salt workers are called “paludiers” (from the latin “palu” meaning “marsh”) are are referred to as a magician - he takes a drop of water and from it extracts crystals of sea salt.
Each artisan sea salt has individual characteristics reflecting its own unique history of its local geography, sea water, rocks, lakes or even inland oceans that dried up over 200 million years ago.
Sea salt can be evaporated in ponds or salt pans or indeed from any body of water.
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