14,000 tonnes of pure salt to be harvested this year
Mallorca's two big salt producing facilities are about to harvest the white gold from the sea. The 'salineras' of Campos and Colonia near the spectacularly natural beach of Es Trenc are predicting that they'll produce about 14,000 tonnes of salt this year, about average despite the hot, rain free summer that we've had on the island.
If you didn't already know, the salt is produced using a method thousands of years old and introduced into the Balearic Islands by the Phoenicians who were absolutely salt mad. To produce this valued and precious commodity, these ancient people let sea water into a series of salt pans which became progressively shallower and let the sun and wind do all the work to evaporate the water and leave just the salt crystals.
These days, and they've been at it since the 50's in Mallorca, there's a bit of mechanisation involved in the pumping and harvesting, but ostensibly, the natural methods are just the same; wind and sun on seawater.
Now, here's the good bit, the best, most delicious part of the salt – the hard upper crust – is used to produce the gourmet product known as Flor de sal which is often mixed with other flavours to produce products prized as ingredients in many top restaurants in Mallorca.
The good news is that you can buy them quite easily in Mallorca's many gourmet food shops and delicatessens and straight from source at the Es Trenc salinera's shop. If you're planning on spending some time at the beach there and fancy a guided tour to see how the salt is produced, there are daily visits (Monday to Friday) at 12:00 from 1st April to 31st October.
Have a look at their website for more details.