FAQs

Q?Is salt necessary to our body?
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All our cellular exchanges are made using minerals, either through osmosis, or using sodium and potassium as gate keys. Also in our brain, all synapses need neurotransmitters who use magnesium very often.

Almost all pregnant woman are prescripted with magnesium supplements  and almost all professional sport athletes  with potassium.

General salt we find in supermarkets, since the 60’s, or since ever in some countries with rock salt traditions, have huge sodium quantities and minimal, not to say absence, diverse mineral content. So people have taken for years not salt, but sodium only.

And sodium only is bad. what we need is a balanced salt that equals the mineral relation as the sea water, from where all living beings came.

One could ask if salt is not necessary to our health why do we buy it to our horses or pets?

 

Q?Is salt industry a “clean industry”?
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Q?Is Flor de Sal as bad to health as refined salt?
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There are several reasons why Flor de Sal is healthier than refined salt.

  1. We need to understand refined salt comes from industrial extracted sea salt. Industrial processes ‘purify’ the salt (meaning they remove mineral richness from the salt to increase its NaCl or salty effect), so Flor de Sal as less sodium than refined salt and thus is less harmfull.
  2. Refined salt is grounded, and dried to be loose and easy to use in a shaker. But because salt is hygroscopic (it naturally attracts moisture) anti-caking agents (like this bio-acumulable heavy metal – potassium ferrocyanide) are added to it. And you eat them.
  3. Flor de Sal crystal structure is hollow, increasing the surface of contact with in the mouth or food moisture. What those this mean? It dissolves very fast giving all its salty taste in the place where we can feel it. Refined salt structure is the same as coarse salt – cohesive, but just in very small cubes. So dissolution is slower making us swallow salt that we didn’t taste. So we eat more than we need!
  4. Finally, due to mineral content, refined salt gives only sodium chloride to the body, while Flor de Sal offers more then 80 different minerals to our cellular essential functions.IMG_9602
Q?What is the difference between our Coarse Sea Salt and Flor de Sal?
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Main difference between the two is the crystal structure: Flor de Sal is a thin and delicate layer of micro-crystals that appears very fast in surface of the salt pond (because this is where the  sun and wind evaporate the water), and its harvested several times a day. Due to the fast crystallization, its struture is hollow and fragile. Suitable for usage as finishing salt.

Coarse Sea Salt is the big and cohere crystals that form in the bottom of the salt ponds and is harvested each 15 days. Due to the slow crystallization  its structure is dense and hard. Suitable for usage as cooking salt.

Q?How shall we use Flor de Sal?
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Flor de Sal is hard to harvest, its production is very scarce compared to coarse sea salt, more or less 1:10. So its market value is higher and should be used only when very small salt crystals are needed: to finish the seasoning of a salad, steak, grill, to add more flavor to a finished dish, soup or desert.

Never put use Flor de Sal to salt water in which you intend to cook. If it is going to be dissolved, use coarse salt. Their mineral content is very similar and your wallet will appreciate.

Q?Why pay more for Hand Harvested Sea Salt when refined salt is cheaper?
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Cheap salt can be obtain using more industrial methods to harvest or mine salt. But industrial methods are rude and need further processes that diminish salts diverse mineral content, specially magnesium and potassium content. This two minerals are essential to our health and most of the times we end up taking supplements because we choose to buy a cheap – but void of minerals – salt, instead of a little bit more expensive salt – but with up to 0,5% of magnesium.

We eat salt every day, in every meal. In a lifetime there’s a huge difference eating a naturally enriched salt and a artificially depleted salt.

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Q?Raw salt? What’s that?
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Salt can come from many origins, from the ocean or from mining. Rock salt comes from mining the almost pure sodium chlroride deposits from millions years ago.

Sea Salt comes from sea water evaporation and crystallization of the minerals of the sea in special areas developed for this purpose. Its extraction can be rude or delicate. Industrial processes use machines like Caterpillar that cannot have the delicacy that Traditional processes using hand work have. In consequence, this industrial processes harvest not only salt but clay, feathers, small sticks, or anything the wind can bring. It is stored with no protection from contaminants like animal fesses or pollution from nearby roads. The salt harvested is usually grey and is taken to special factories to be cleaned from this impurities. In this process all the minerals are washed away.

Raw sea salt is hand harvested with all the care possible. Ancient methods provide strategies to avoid impurities (like the vegetation on the sides of the salt ponds decreasing wind dust in the water).

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Hand picking of the best batchs for human consumption are straight away packed in 25kg bags to protected them, which follows the hand checking quality control of each one before hand packing, in a special room with implemented HACCP.

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Raw means that this sea salt is not submitted to any type of post-harvesting process to change its original characteristics  in particular, it’s mineral richness. So raw means rawhide. Integral, true salt or powder sea. The best you can have.

Q?How do you certify all your products are only manually harvested and processed?
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Terras de Sal salt ponds are inspected, controlled and certified every year by a independent entity – SATIVA – that has very high quality standards after Nature et Progres. Also, because Terras de Sal is a collective, self-control is easy between producers as, in this small village, we all get to know everything. Terras de Sal is also proud to say that we do not possess any kind of industrial machinery which we could use to  harvest in different ways, like diggers, or to change salt characteristics like mills or washing whitening machines or any other type of post-harvesting processes.

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Q?Which type of quality controls do you use?
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SATIVA, Nature et Progres, and HACCP certifications. LUIS!IMG_0812

Q?Is hand harvested sea salt and Flor de Sal organic products?
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No, because Organic certifications can only be applied to products extracted or made from living beings. Salt is a mineral, not a living entity, and its considered an extraction industry. Thereby the rules applied to organic farming and food processing cannot be applied to salt extraction, and in consequence aren’t considered organic products.

Portuguese salt producers developed have a different certification, with very strict rules, to differentiated this good product from all the other so called ‘natural’ or ‘pure’ or ‘ traditional’ or ‘integral’ salts.

Q?Which are the differences between regular sea salt and hand harvested Sea Salt?
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The main difference is that hand harvested sea salt is obtain in very careful and rigorous process to extracted a finished product while regular sea salt is harvested rudely, to diminish cost, and needs post-harvesting cleaning processes. In consequence hand harvested sea tsalt has higher quantities of minerals and trace elements while regular has mainly only sodium chloride.

Also because salt is considered a extracting industry no analysis are demanded. Hand harvested sea salt is controlled by external entities – SATIVA – that make sure the harvesting takes place at unpolluted locations and also make random analysis to all the salt batches verifying the clay content (impurities), the microbiological contaminants, the heavy metals presence and also the agronomic and hydrocarbon pollution. Even radioactivity is controlled.

Terras de Sal works closely with Faro University Quality Control Lab to ensure only the best to our clients.