Saturday, July 3, 2010

Guide To Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt

Greetings Sea Salt Lovers!

With July 4th arriving tomorrow there will be barbecues and food galore! While many will consume the traditional hamburger and hot dog others will opt for the more fanciful spread. As we thaw our chicken and fish for Sunday's bash there is one new ingredient on our list, "Hawaiian Sea Salt"! After purchasing this fine salt from Florida Herb House we had the privilege of speaking with Stephen Sharp, Florida Herb House's owner and CEO, about this great salt. Florida Herb House recently added over 50 exclusive gourmet sea salts to their store in Port Orange, FL but the one sea salt that stands out among others is their Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt.

Lets join Stephen as he takes us on a brief tour on the history of Alaea Sea Salt! "Thanks for inviting me today to talk a little about Hawaiian Sea Salt and its origin. To begin let me just clarify that sea salt is not the same as traditional table salt and is made from the evaporation of ocean water while traditional table salt or NaCl (Sodium Chloride) is mined underground and refined with anti-caking agents. True sea salts originate from many exotic locations around the world. The Hawaiian Salt is harvested in Hawaii, hence the name!"

Where Is Hawaiian Sea Salt Made?
Stephen quotes, "Alaea Sea Salt is one of a kind and produced on Molokai one of the purest and most natural islands in world. Molokai has no traffic lights, no traffic signs and there is not one building higher than a palm tree. Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world along its northeast coast (3,600-3,900 feet) and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) off Molokai’s southern coast. Are you getting the picture? Yes with all this simple lifestyle comes an island free of erosion and sewage run off which amounts to a surrounding ocean just as pure! From this comes Hawaiian Sea Salt one of the purest sea salts in the world!"

How Is Hawaiian Sea Salt Made?
"Simply put this salt is made from man made sea water pools close to the shoreline around the island of Molokai. The water is then evaporated over time with the help of the sun and what is left is a sea salt with more minerals and less sodium chloride than any other sea salt around. The salt then either has red volcanic clay added to make Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt or activated charcoal added to make Hawaiian Black Sea Salt."

How Does Your Sea Salt Differ From Others?
Stephen quotes, "Florida Herb House stores all their sea salts, herbs, and spices in special dark rooms. These rooms are set at optimal temperatures and dehumidified to protect our precious sea salts. Our sea salts are packed fresh to order and never sit on shelves more than 30-60 days on average. We purchase all our sea salts in ideal quantities so there is no overstocking. This guarantees the purest and freshest sea salt experience in comparison to a supermarket or warehouse variety salt."

How Does Hawaiian Sea Salt Differ From Other Sea Salts?
"Through past studies and analysis it has been determined that Hawaiian Sea Salt has only about 84% sodium chloride content compared to 98+% for other sea salts. The remaining 16% is comprised of valuable trace elements such as magnesium, sulfur, iodine, and iron. This salt helps supplement our bodies with these much needed minerals and has numerous other benefits for our health and well-being."

We hope you enjoyed this brief article on Hawaiian Sea Salt and its manufacturing process as well as history. Whether your preserving, cooking, or in need of a finishing salt once you try this true Hawaiian marvel you too will be hooked! We would like to also give a special thank you to Stephen Sharp and Florida Herb House for all his valuable insight!

Jeff Priestly - PR Buzz

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