Salt has been subjected to much bad publicity over recent years. It is our belief that using natural unrefined salt is healthy and beneficial. Real, unrefined salt is a very different substance to the types of "table salt" and sea salts that are widely consumed. These are stripped of most of their minerals and may have additives to aid free-flowing.
We keep traditionally harvested Celtic Sea Salt from Brittany in fine and coarse grades. Also we have a Fleur de Sel, which is considered by some to be the highest quality of traditional Celtic Sea Salts. Real unrefined Celtic Salt should be a grey colour, which denotes its mineral content.
Our Celtic Salt carries a certification from Nature and Progress, a French organic and environmental standard, which denotes its purity, quality and sustainability.
This salt has been produced in Brittany using the same ancient methods for several thousand years. Wooden tools are used, wood is considered an inert material which will not harm the delicate balance of the salt as metal is considered too harsh. The sea water is not evaporated by the introduction of an artificial heat source, as most modern sea salts are, as it is believed this damages the structure of the salt. Instead this sea water passes through several kilometres of clay lined channels and pools. The water slowly evaporates under the influence of the wind and the sun. At a certain point in the year the conditions are just right for the salt to crystallise on the surface of the lagoons. This is gathered carefully resulting in the precious Fleur de Sel. The water carries on its journey until it has evaporated enough and only the natural grey salt crystals are left behind. These crystals are raked up by hand.
The people here have made their living this way, in harmony with their environment continually for many centuries. The region is a haven for wildlife and this pristine environment is really bursting with life.
Arguably the most healthful of all the salts is the "coarse" Celtic Salt. This salt is unground and damp. The natural salt crystals will clump together and appear larger due to the full spectrum mineral content - particularly magnesium - attracting moisture. In tests this Celtic Salt has been shown to contain approximately 70% sodium chloride, leaving approximately 30% to be other minerals etc. This type of salt contains all the natural minerals that occur in the sea, nothing is removed. It is said that even the act of grinding the salt can cause the loss of certain gases from inside the crystals.
This salt may not be ideal for your salt mill, but will be great stored in a traditional salt “pig” or salt pot. We use a beautiful Miron glass jar and serve it with a carved wooden spoon.
We also have Himalayan Pink Salt, renowned for its unique colour, which denotes its mineral content. We stock this in fine and coarse, and also big chunks that can be used for making sole or dissolving in the bath.
Other Sea Salts
We have a Sea Salt that comes from the Red Sea via Nantwich that carries a Soil Association organic certification and Malden Sea Salt from Essex.