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Welcome to Salt Day. Jingzaijiao is the oldest sal 1665449031985681287
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Welcome to Salt Day. Jingzaijiao is the oldest salt farm in Taiwan. It was once known as Laidong Salt fields.Salt is made here harnessing the power of the wind and the sun, like in many other coastal locations around the globe.Here however, people created tiled ponds, by laying down broken pottery pieces to stop the salt sticking to the clay soil. This way they achieved purer and whiter sea salt.The idea of creating a man made floorbed to help producing whiter, more sought after, salt is not unique to this place. I came across similar ideas in Peru or Slovenia’s salt fields.Today, Jingzaijiao is a very picturesque place, popular with tourists. Its shimmering waters of tiled ponds make it a very #soughtafterscenery for photoshoots.Photo credit: Woodward Yang#saltdaybaby#taiwan#jingzaijiao#laidong#saltfields#seasalt#naturalseasalt#saltponds#basket#traditional#historyofsalt#asia#makeitwhite#handgathered#saltworkers#tiledfloor#saltlandscape#scenery#waterandlight#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. Madura is a neighbour island of Java. Unlike its famous neighbour, it lies off beaten track of most tourists. However, it retains own distinctive culture and language and it is known in Indonesia as the Island of Salt.The climate is not so favourable for farming, but offers excellent conditions for producing salt in the salt pans by solar evaporation. It was the main industry on the island before and after it became a Dutch colony.The harvest season starts in the summer and it makes a perfect photo opportunity for the visitors to see salt farmers carrying the wicker baskets, brimming with salt, on their shoulders.You might be interested to know that it is possible to experience that hard craft as a volunteer - just take a short break in your far travels and help local struggling farmers.You could experience what it takes to produce pure, natural and high quality salt, in the traditional way. Experience a trade that is vanishing around the world, as salt stopped being the expensive commodity and became the everyday staple seasoning.#saltdaybaby#indonesia#maduraisland#seasalt#naturalseasalt#saltfarmer#islandofsalt#historyofsalt#oldcraft#handgathered#notacommodity#gonearethedays#adyingart#indonesiansalt#powertoself#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. Any visitor to the West Sicil 1655262446572822482
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Welcome to Salt Day. Any visitor to the West Sicily coast between Marsala and Trapani, is taken by the beautiful sight of snow white salt heaps and the red roofed salt mills pitched against perfectly blue skies.Salt harvesting here has a long history, at least 3000 years old, starting with seafaring Phoenicians, then Arabs. Even Normans, who used salt to preserve freshly caught fish like herring or cod apparently did not have enough of the salt produced on the Guerande coast and were on the look out for a new supply.West Sicily has a very favourable conditions to make an excellent salt - hot and dry summers with Sirocco winds blowing from the Sahara desert. Moreover, the Mediterranean sea has a higher salt density than Atlantic, which you can experience if you ever bathe in its waters. They will leave white traces on your skin and make your hair ready to style without the help of hairspray.By the end of 18th century, salt mills were introduced to help with harvesting the salt. After establishing the nature reserve near Trapani in 1991, the salt production by family run aziendas saw its revival.However you look at it, it is a hard, physical craft, starting in April filling up the salt pans with seawater. While wind and sun evaporate it over the summer, the harvest starts in September.The surface of the pans look like frozen sheets of ice, contadinis use spades to break an icy looking surface, turn it over to help drain the water through ditches. The top layer of salt is wheelbarrowed away and stored on those picturesque mounts.Sale grosso, coarse salt is used in cooking, while finely ground Fior di Sale is an excellent finishing salt. The Trapani salt is amazingly white, however it is not as moist as Guerande salt for example.  Nevertheless, this hand harvested salt is amazingly perfect seasoning, naturally white with trace minerals that nature harbours in the sea.Photo credit: Alg4664#saltdaybaby#naturalseasalt#seasalt#trapani#tripani#sicily#mediterranean#italy#artisanalsalt#oldcraft#oldtradition#historyofsalt#europeanhistory#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#powertoself#itshowyoufinishmatters#handcrafted#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. Salt connoisseurs know very w 1650282781731064137
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Welcome to Salt Day. Salt connoisseurs know very well the Flower of the Salt or Fleur de Sel in French. This exquisite finishing salt is creme de la creme of the salts - white, ethereal, that melts away quickly.I will abandon the ongoing debate who was the first to develop the method of producing this salt here. Instead, I would like to introduce you to Flor de Sal, Portugal gem produced in the Algarve region. It is a bit whiter than its French cousin due to a different climate.Romans had the salt works there before, afterwards this sea salt helped enrich and strengthen Portuguese power. With the arrival of a cheaper table salt, sea salt production there diminished. Until 1990, when one company set out to produce algae in the old abandoned salt marshes. With help of ‘marenoto’, a Portuguese paludier counterpart, they started to bring back to live the salt pans.Not only that, they brought back birds to that unique habitat. Since, keeping sea water flowing in, evaporating it and scooping out the precious Flor de Sal, humans can keep that rare environment clean, fresh and abundant for birds to thrive in.Astonishingly, due to Portuguese law on the salt grading, until recently the natural unprocessed sea salt, was still considered uncleaned and was not allowed to be sold for consumption.Flower of the Salt production is a traditional hand craft, resulting in the pure, natural sea salt not deprived of its minerals content by any artificial processing. Great for you and for the environment.Photo credit Julian Korver#saltdaybaby#flordesal#portugal#algarve#algarvesalt#portugeseseasaltsalt #fleurdesel#naturalseasalt#seasalt#historyofsalt#marenoto#finishingsalt#saltmarshes#saltpans#atlanticcoast#artisanalsalt#handcrafted#oldcraft#keeptraditionalive#keepthingsreal#saltflakes#naturalhabitat#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#powertoself#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. It is a 1905 photo of the sal 1645205567377428503
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Welcome to Salt Day. It is a 1905 photo of the salt pans in Slovenia. The Slovenian Coast on the Adriatic sea is quite short, but for centuries salt was produced pretty much along all its length. Nowadays, only Strunjan and Secovlje still make salt.This salt works belonged once to the Venetian Republic and Venice built its wealth on the salt industry in the Mediterranean region. Later, the salt works in Slovenia were taken over by the Austrian Empire, which in turn established a salt monopoly -  salt is very important commodity and throughout the history various states exercised its monopoly over it.The Slovenian salt pans are fed with seawater by a gravity system or wind powered pumps. The locals here invented the petola - an artificially grown crust, made of green algae, gypsum, carbonate minerals and a bit of clay. The petola was a quite clever solution: it stopped the mixing of mud and the salt, but it was acting as a biological filter as well.Except for the Salt Making Museum, no-one in Slovenia produces the salt using traditional methods anymore. But the heritage status of the site allows the nature there to thrive. The protected wetlands allow fauna and flora to thrive in the very unique environment of salt pans. It’s a recommended location for the bird spotters and history enthusiasts alike!#saltdaybaby#slovenia#sloveniansalt#adriaticcoast#sloveniancoast#naturalseasalt#seasalt#fleurdesel#historyofsalt#venitianrepublic#worldhistory#petola#strunjan#secovlje#saltpans#1905#mediterranean#europeanhistory#oldpostcard#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#powertoself#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. A few weeks ago, while I was1640155520956719557
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Welcome to Salt Day. A few weeks ago, while I was doing research, I came across Japanese seaweed salt. How intriguing! I went on to find out more about #moshio !This very sought after Japanese condiment, made with with a #hondawaraseaweed, is the distinctive finishing salt. Coinesseurs claim that it posses #umami- fifth taste.Talking about an ancient traditional Japanese salt, one must be aware of the significance of it in the Shinto religion - used by priests or thrown into a ring by Sumo wrestlers.Amabito No Mashio, its full name, is made in the Setouchi region, with water from the Inland Sea with favourable climate settings.The seawater is cooked and concentrated to a brine with hondawara - Sargassum fulvellum. Once the brine turns into sherbet like entity, the centrifuge removes most of the  moisture from it. The remainders are cooked in a pot over open fire, stirred with a wooden paddle until they become Amabito No Mashio - loose sea salt  crystals. Moshio is produced using the methods created by research into the ancient salt production in Japan.At times, during a brine cooking, the large salt crystals form, named shio na hana - rarity for customers willing to be on a waiting list to purchase it!The handmade Moshio has quite an unusually high content of minerals like potassium or magnesium. But it is hondawara that lends it the ultimate umami taste!#saltdaybaby#seaweedsalt#japanesesalt#sargassumseaweed#ancienttraditions#oldjapan#seasalt#naturalsalt#historyofsalt#worldhistory#shinto#umamitaste#setouchi#inlandsea#seaweed#kamakura#fifthtaste#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#saltbrine#saltflakes#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. In southern Poland, south of Krakow, there is the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site - Wieliczka Salt Mines.People have been acquiring salt here by boiling a brine from the area’s salty springs, as early as six thousand years ago - the oldest salt production location in Europe. The natural greyish rock salt was mined in Wieliczka from the 13th century.Saint Kinga of Poland, the Hungarian princess who at the age of 12, married the Polish prince, Boleslaw Wstydliwy, in 1246, brought Hungarian miners who helped to establish the mines firmly. This commodity brought high revenues to the Polish crown.Moreover, there is the legend that Kinga’s engagement ring, lost in Hungarian mines, was found by a miner in Wieliczka, thus establishing the special, royal status of Wieliczka.Wieliczka mines are famous now not only for the long heritage, but also for the salt carvings. The great hall along with salt crystal chandeliers, chapels or statues, carved by the miners are available to visit, once you descend the 800 wooden steps and arrive 135 metres deep underground.The 3 km routes underground, will take you along the long corridors, an underground salt lake and you then ascend up to the surface in a lift (thankfully!) Wieliczka is a truly amazing place; a working mine for eight centuries until 2007.And it is all salt, go on you can check its walls - they are salt!#saltdaybaby#wieliczka#wieliczkasaltmine#poland#naturalsalt#naturalrocksalt#greysalt#polishsalt#historyofsalt#świętakinga#saintkinga#oldmines#saltcarving#saltart#13thcentury#middleages#legend#unescoworldheritage#saltchandelier#miners#commodities#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#polishhistory#flickr#bychris#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. Since there is no rock salt a 1619864639867588232
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Welcome to Salt Day. Since there is no rock salt available in Japan, it always had to be made from the seawater in places like Noto Peninsula.Agehama Way is a traditional method of salt making, dating at least to sixteen century. At one point, this method was continued by one family only.Agehama means “risen beach” and in a way it describes the technique. Salt pans are build on a bedrock, covered with clay and once it is hardened, the sand is spread over. It is then the seawater is poured over the sand. The sun dries it out and the seawater is poured again to produce a more concentrated brine.The sand is collected and filtered with more seawater, producing kansui - a brine. This brine is then cooked for 24 hours in cauldrons.Agehama Endem is a local tradition and is recognised as a part of cultural property of Japan, alike Sunatori-bushi - a song of salt workers.Agehama Way once almost extinct, due to a government salt monopoly, is now experiencing a revival of hand crafted natural sea salt producers.#saltdaybaby#agehama#japanesesalt#agehamaway#japan#naturalseasalt#noto#seasalt#japanese#saltfields#handcrafted#notopeninsula#oldtradition#sunatori#vintagephotography#naturalsalt#saltmaking#saltfarmer#ilikesalt#oldjapan#historyofsalt#sólmorska#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#freethefamily

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After a day which brought questions: am I going an 1617689709616904643
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After a day which brought questions: am I going anywhere?!Day in which I was wrestling with silly misunderstandings and children's disorder.After such a day, it's good to recall, what fires my passions, imagination and plans.Our human story, how amazingly things work out.Simple stuff, real things, end of the day#mybooks#theharmlesspeople#elizabethmarshall#humanhistory#bushmen#kalahari#veld#oldtimes#africa#anthropology#namibia#saltaworldhistory#markkurlansky#historyofsalt#endoftheday#myread#preloved#greatread#momtrepreneur#misunderstandings#oneplus5#freethefamily

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Welcome to Salt Day. There is no life without salt 1604577072658040571
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Welcome to Salt Day. There is no life without salt. Though today salt seems like a humble everyday staple, cheaply and readily available, it was once the very precious and guarded commodity. States were build on it, states went to wars to secure it and then they heavily taxed the salt.China is known as a trailblazer for many developments in human history. There, in Sichuan Province, people developed new industrial methods to produce salt from underground springs. They drilled deep, sometimes up to half a mile deep - the method developed by Li Bing, the local governor and engineer. Chinese were the first to use natural gas for cooking - to cook the brine, circa 200AD.Salt was produced in Sichuan from around 3000BC. Chinese learned to mix saltpetre (type of salt) with sulphur and carbon around 11th century, creating gunpowder. The bamboo piping carrying the salt brine on the surface was still present in Sichuan in the early in 20th century.Salt was a commodity and an important food preservative in times of very limited ways of preserving surplus food. Unexpectedly, salt quite often was the reason for turns in the human history.#saltdaybaby#naturalsalt#salthistory#historyofsalt#chinesesalt#sichuan#humanhistory#saltbrine#libing#china#saltpetre#engineering#commodity#lifetastesbetterwithsalt#worthtofight#itshowyoufinishthatmatters#josephrockphoto#1922#saltdryinghouse#ralphrepo#ilovesalt#freethefamily