About Our Salts
Natural, unprocessed sea salts carry their ancient and essential trace minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and natural iodine. As opposed to table salts that have been stripped of these beneficial qualities, chemically altered, and filled with anti-caking chemicals, natural sea salt is 100% pure with a smooth, rounded flavor, a strong crunch, and a burst of clean flavor.
How it's made
Collected in vast trays from the ocean, sea water is dried by the sun to evaporate the water, until only the salt remains. Most sea salts are still harvested by hand in special areas around the world known for their unique history and characteristics, such as:
- French sea salts, like Sel Gris or Fleur de Sel, hand-harvested from pristine Atlantic seawater using the traditional Celtic methods. This prized process is done entirely by hand, using only wooden tools, preserving the pure taste of the French salt, and producing a very special moist crystalline texture.
- Italian sea salts produced from the low waters of the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of Sicily, rich in minerals. The salt pans are filled with the seawater in the spring and left to evaporate, relying on the heat of the Sicilian sun and strong African winds. Harvesting takes place once the water has evaporated and the salt is crushed and ground without any further refining.
- Mountain sea salts. There are also mountain sea salts that, well, are found nowhere near a body of water. Or at least a present-day one…
History of Salt
There are books dedicated to this topic, but in short... As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an integral part of the world’s history, interwoven into the lives of countless historic civilizations. Used as a part of Egyptian religious offerings and as valuable trade between the Phoenicians and their Mediterranean empire, salt and history have been intertwined for millennia. It served as money at various times and places, has been the cause of major warfare, is said to have contributed to the founding of the new world, the reason for Lewis & Clark expedition and the cause for Napoleon retreating from Russia. It is an essential element in the diet of not only people, but of animals and even many plants. Thousands of years ago, animals created paths to salt licks. Men followed and their trails became roads, which then became settlements and nations.