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Salt is a kitchen essential, and our artisanal sea salt from Trapani will replace your everyday commodity salt with a truly artisanal product. Gathered from the low waters of the Mediterranean Sea along the northwest coast of Sicilia, this salt is naturally rich in iodine, fluorine, magnesium and potassium, with a much lower percentage of sodium chloride than regular table salt. Trapani sea salt adds more “salt” flavor to food, with less sodium, so use a pinch to naturally enhance the taste of all your favorite dishes. Sale grosso, or coarse salt, is ideal for preserving foods; its larger grains penetrate food more slowly, resulting in a more even dehydration. The grains dissolve quickly in water, so use it for brine solutions or boiling pasta.  

On the picturesque Trapanese coastline dotted with windmills, shallow pools and white salt pyramids, the summer salt harvest is a tradition that dates back thousands of years, since at least the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Trapani Sea Salt di Gucciardo is produced using a salt mill built in 1884 in Trapani’s natural reserve, protected by the World Wide Fund for Nature, home to migratory birds like purple herons and grey parrots.

Each spring, the salt pans are filled with seawater, which is left to evaporate in the heat of the Sicilian summer sun and strong African winds. As the water evaporates and the salt starts to crystallize, the fiore del sale are the young salt crystals that form on the top. Enzo, Salvatore and their team collect the salt by hand with shovels - in the scorching heat of July and August - with a passionate dedication to the traditions of their land.

The salt is completely unrefined and untreated, unlike industrial salt, which is harvested by machines that pollute the salt; it then must be washed and stripped of its natural minerals, which are re-added with chemicals. In addition to his magnificent fior del sale, Enzo and Salvatore Gucciardo produces artisanal fine and coarse salt.

 

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