Our Italian Sea Salt is crafted by hand in traditional salt pans that stretch along the historic “salt roads” in Sicily. This region is home to the town of Trapani and has some of the oldest salt marshes in Europe. This natural sea salt is loaded with minerals such as fluorine, iodine, magnesium and potassium.
The salt pans of the flat marshlands of the Trapani coast are filled with water from the ocean in the early spring and left to evaporate from the strong African winds and hot Sicilian summer sun.
The salt harvesting season begins in July and runs until September. Salt harvesting is a time honored tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation and it is still done mostly by hand. You’ll find men shoveling and transporting the salt by wheelbarrow. The one machine you’ll see is a conveyor that is used in the formation of the salt mounds. You’ll find these mounds sprinkled among the grasses up and down this coastal region. Once the harvesting is complete the evaporated salt is crushed without any additional refining.
Salt extraction dates back to the ancient Egyptians, and the harvesting of salt in Sicily goes back to the early Romans and Greeks. In the 1800s sea salt from this region was first exported by British exporters throughout Europe and into Russia.
A wonderful substitute to the better known Kosher sea salt our Sicilian Sea Salt is bright white in color. This delicate sea salt has lots of subtle flavor without being overly strong or salty. Some say that it has a slightly bitter flavor.
We prefer to use this as a finishing salt rather than a cooking salt and we especially enjoy it sprinkled on raw cucumber or tomato slices.
If you’re a fan of gourmet sea salts from Europe then you may also be interested in our Fleur de Sel, Sel Gris and Mediterranean Cyprus Flake Salt.
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