In June of 2019 Selina Delangre visited the salt production facilities of Sierra Nevada and Fossil River in Villena, Spain. Selina said it was one of the most unique sources of salt that she has visited. An underground river flows through subterranean salt mines and surfaces as a brine. The producers channel the brine into evaporation ponds to create beautiful sustainable salt crystals.
On the way to Villena, the guide pointed out a castle that was built with purpose to guard the salt. Salt, at the time, was as precious as money. This is, in effect, where the word “salary” comes from.
Selina visited the production site and met the workers. They gave her a tour of their facility. She said “it was like walking back in time”.
The salt ponds produce a food grade as well as an industrial sea salt. This salt production facility is a family owned business. Josep, one of the owners, shared stories of his grandfather and father when they were working the business.
The salt produced in the evaporation of this underground river water is washed in its brine and left to dry in the sun, forming large, dense salt crystals. When Selina saw the water gushing out she got chills! When she tasted the salty water she wanted more of it. This is a very special liquid, naturally flowing from the Earth. This is the source of our Fossil River Low Sodium Liquid salt!
There is a well with natural pressure flowing from a distance uphill that the producers can channel. This is good for the surrounding area. For instance, the rice production in nearby fields depends on this salt production system. If they did not release this water into the salt ponds and control its abundance, then the salty water would saturate the rice fields and would prevent the rice from growing.
It is exciting to see how salt production systems like this one produces its own unique characteristics!
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