Salt is essential for life.
Salt is fascinating.
Explore, Discover & Celebrate Gourmet Sea Salt From Across the World
"Next to air and water, salt is perhaps the greatest necessity of life" - Gandhi India 1930
Salt is the only rock we eat.
However it is so much more than just a rock.
- Sea Salt is sourced from rocks, lakes and oceans that dried up more than 200 million years ago and come in beautiful hues and irregular granules.
- Throughout human history, salt has been the subject of wars, used as currency and been as expensive as gold. salt came to be known as "White Gold" where common rock salt was given to the common people and the highly prized crystal salt was reserved for royalty.
- The world of salt is full of stories; stories about history, traditions, culture and of course stories about the passionate people who produce artisan salt.
- This site travels across the globe to bring these stories to you here.
- In a way the term "sea salt" is essentially meaningless.
- The truth is,virtually all salt is sea salt because it all came from the sea at one time or another.
- But not all salts come from the oceans we know today.
- The oceans that once covered the earth left a generous supply of salt beds and underground deposits which provide pure salt unpolluted by modern mankind.
- Even white processed salt can still be called "sea salt" though it is devoid of all sea minerals. However there is a night-and-day difference between the flavour of sea salts with traces of sea minerals and common table salt which is basically sodium chloride with additives.
- We will refer to Sea Salt typically is unrefined sea salt containing traces of minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine.
- You don't get these additional minerals with table salt, because they have all been stripped away by high-heat processing.
Natural Sea Salt
- Natural Sea salt is a broad term that refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea.
- Sea Salt is collected in vast trays from the ocean.
- The water is caught in these trays, dried by the sun and wind, and what is left after the water evaporates is totally unrefined natural sea salt.
- Most of the time, it is minimally processed, leaving a lot of the natural trace mineral intact, which also reduces the actual sodium content.
- Even lesser-grade sea salts which may not be as refined still contain traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine.
- Because different bodies of water have different mineral contents, natural sea salts will look and taste different: some have flowery nuances, some are strong, some delicate, some have sulphuric notes, some can taste sweet.
Gourmet Sea Salt
- Authentic sea salt means real flavour.
- Artisans produce their hand made products using time-honoured traditional ways of life. "Artisan Sea Salts” are harvested by artisan farmers, as opposed to larger commercial operations.
- The finest artisan salts are natural and organic and are not treated or washed.
- Purchasing products from these artisan producers support the tradition of excellence and pride in what they are making.
- White salt is just like white sugar: It's missing the key supporting minerals and nutrients your body needs.
- Look at the colour of Sea Salt; if it's pure white, it's not artisan salt.
- Sold in large crystals, rock salt has a grayish hue because it is unrefined.
- Rock salt makes a great bed for serving oysters and clams. Or combine it with ice to make ice cream in hand-cranked ice cream makers.
- What used to be seas have dried up and are now covered with rock and soil.
- We know them today as subterranean or underground salt mines which have enough rock salt to supply man’s needs for the next so many centuries.
- Rock Salt is a chemical sedimentary rock that forms from the evaporation of ocean or saline lake waters. It is also known by the mineral name "halite".
- It is rarely found at Earth's surface, except in areas of very arid climate. It is often mined for use in the chemical industry or for use as a winter highway treatment. Some halite is processed for use as a seasoning for food.