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…
    Himalaya sea salt. Once upon a time—250 million years ago give or take a millennia--sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalaya Mountains, began to crystallize and were covered by lava. Aside from keeping these salt beds in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to what most believe is the purest salt on earth. To this day, it is still extracted from mines and caves by hand, according to long-standing tradition. After being hand-selected, chiseled out, the salt is then hand-crushed, hand-washed, and dried in the sun.
  • Peruvian Pink Sea Salt. Perhaps even more romantic, this salt comes from an ancient ocean trapped underground at 10,000 feet in the Andes Mountains in Maras, Peru. Since pre-Inca times, salt has been made in Maras by tapping into underground streams deep in the mountainside. The highly salty water from these underground streams emerges at a spring, where the flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. As water evaporates from the sun-warmed ponds, salt crystals form on the inner earthen walls and floors. The salt mines traditionally have been available to any person wishing to harvest salt, and a cooperative system formed during the time of the Incas to most efficiently harvest the salt. To this day, the owners of the salt ponds must be members of the community and the size of the salt pond assigned to a family depends on the family's size.

    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. 

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