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03-22-2006, 06:03 PM
can somebody please explain the differences in these different salts for me?
sea salt, celtic sea salt, himalayan salt? what's the difference?
03-24-2006, 06:59 PM
hey can somebody help me out w/ this?
03-24-2006, 07:12 PM
Sea salt is a broad term that generally refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea. It is harvested through channeling ocean water into large clay trays and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate it naturally. Manufacturers of sea salt typically do not refine sea salt as much as other kinds of salt, so it still contains traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine. Some of the most common sources for sea salt include the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean (particularly in France, on the coast of Brittany). Sea salt is thought to be healthier and more flavorful that traditional table salt. Available in coarse, fine & extra fine grain size.
Other Names: French Grey Sea Salt
Celtic salt refers to naturally moist salts harvested from the pristine Atlantic seawater off the coast of Brittany, France. These salts, which are rich in trace mineral content, are hand harvested using the Celtic method of wooden rakes allowing no metal to touch the salt. Celtic salts are available in coarse, stone ground fine and extra fine grain.
Sorry, I don't know much about Himalayan. My preferred choice is the Celtic salt (coarse).
03-24-2006, 09:38 PM
To add to heabrook's comments, there are also other high quality naturally harvested sun dried sea salts besides Celtic Sea Salt, including Si Salt from Mexico. They all tend to be damp salts, which you need to keep tightly covered. They are about 85% salt and 15% minerals.
"Sea salt," as dry crystals, like Fleur de Sal and others, has been further dried, sometimes after a slight washing to remove a little of the impurities that build up in an open pond of seawater slowly drying near a beach. Typically used in cooking or in a salt grinder at the table.
Pink Himalayan salt, naturally occuring salt harvested from million year old former seabeds in the Himalayas. Has a similar mineral content to Celtic Sea Salt, but a much more colorful history. Solid chunks of it are hollowed out and made into natural air ionizing lamps.
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