Price: – About R20-00, 500 gr.
Opinion: – Execellent
Khoisan Sea Salt is a solar hand-harvested, natural and organic sea salt that is pure, mineral rich, unrefined and unpolluted. It is sourced from an underground seawater lake or aquifer that filters through beds of shell that are said to provide extra calcium to the salt. This aquifer is fed from the Atlantic Ocean, in Velddrif, St Helena Bay, and therefore is also ‘Proudly South African’. Khoisan Trading has a low carbon footprint in the manufacturing of this salt, in that it is hand-harvested using solar and wind energy. They are also doing their bit in being a socially responsible company who work closely with Fair Trade in ensuring good working conditions and upliftment for their employees’.
I have been using this salt for a while and must say I love the taste, that it is natural and organic, what the company stands for, plus the fact that it is local. Although the price of Khoisan salt is more expensive than your most other store bought varieties, it is actually saltier, and therefore less is needed as a seasoning. It is available in a coarse or fine flake, of which I prefer the fine flake for general kitchen and home use. The larger flake is more suitable for grinders. They also produce a range of natural, flavoured sea salts and a garden product, gypsum, which is a by-product of their salt production. The gypsum is a 100% organic product, and apparently very useful in providing hormone messengers and nutrients to growing plants. I have not used this product, which is available from nurseries, but will look into it to see if it would be useful in my vegetable garden.
I have been using ordinary free flowing, factory produced salt for the washing of my vegetables, but I presume that the added chemicals can be absorbed into the food, and so would prefer to no longer buy this. It would also then be a great temptation for my family to use when it is around! The added chemicals being whatever they use to make it ‘free flowing’ or anti-caking. These seem to be a variety of things from potassium cyanide, sodium silicoaluminate, sodium aluminosilicate and/or aluminium silicate, and maybe others, according to the search that I did on Wikipedia. Have a look for yourself too, and also look at the Dr Mecola site at the bottom. Some interesting and challenging facts on the goodness of real, natural salt. It’s definitely worth reading. Also do check out the Khoisan site, on the processes they use, there varieties of products and what the company stands for.
Khoisan products only seem to be available from Pick n Pay’s and maybe Spars in the Western Cape or online? But I am sure it will not be too long though before they will be distributed elsewhere.
Check out the article run by taste magazine on Khoisan salt and other related sites: