This post is sponsored by Sacred Valley Salt!
What sets Sacred Valley Salt products apart from other gourmet salts, is the cool story behind it, and the fact that it’s such an environmentally and socially responsible product. There are plenty of gourmet salt products today offering many different flavours and options, but Sacred Valley Salt is a genuinely unique product unlike any other.
The story of Sacred Valley Salt begins with a natural saltwater spring set high in the Peruvian Andes, in the Valle Sagrado de los Incas (Sacred Valley of the Incas). Sacred Valley inhabitants started constructing the thousands of tiny, terraced evaporation ponds centuries before the Inca civilization. Later, during the time of the Incas, these salt ponds were instrumental in keeping their empire supplied with salt.
Today, Sacred Valley inhabitants still harvest the salt the same way their ancestors did, diverting the saltwater through a network of small channels to feed the salt ponds, and then allowing the salt to crystallize as the water evaporates. Salt collection is administered by a cooperative, and any local family that wants to is granted the right to harvest salt from a specific pond.
Thus, Sacred Valley Salt is harvested, not by laborers working in a salt mine for a big company, but rather by individual families with their own salt ponds, who use the salt they collect to supplement the income from their family farm. Further, rather than simply hiring people to make the packaging and package the salt, Sacred Valley Salt forms partnerships with local, independent, Peruvian-owned small business to produce the hand-made packaging and to pack and ship the salt. In this way, these small businesses are helped to invest in their own success. Preference is given to businesses owned by women, and those that hire people with disabilities.
Other than a very cool story about its beginnings, here are another few reasons to consider Sacred Salt Company products for your dinner table:
- Environmental Impact: Sacred Valley Salt likely has a smaller environmental impact than any other salt you can buy today. There is no excavation, the salt is evaporated from ponds that were hand-hewn over 800 years ago. There is no heavy equipment. Not even electricity is used. All production is powered by the sun and by humans. All processing is done by hand, and all packaging is 100% handmade.
- Social Impact: Sacred Valley Salt directly benefits the local inhabitants of the Sacred Valley. 100% of production is conducted locally by Peruvian-owned cooperatives and independent small businesses.
- Undetectable Fluoride Content: Himalayan Salt, as well some sea salts, have been tested to have rather high levels of fluoride, at times even exceeding levels found in fluoridated salt (typically 250 pp.m). Sacred Valley Salt has no detectable flouride (less than 1 ppm). For those wishing to minimize flouride intake, this is significant.
- Unique: The Andean salt spring only supports the production of about 180 tons of salt annually. (To give a sense of scale, this is about ½,000 the annual production of the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan, where Himalayan pink salt is produced). Also, the hand-made, reusable packaging is a refreshing change from typical, disposable packaging.
We found this salt to be mild with a hint of citrus in the aftertaste. Its excellent flavour that has been singled out for praise by noted chefs. Sacred Valley Salt contains several trace minerals and other micronutrients and is completely unrefined and free of additives. Unlike Himalayan salt, it has no detectable fluoride and unlike traditional sea salt, it has no contamination from microplastics or other ocean pollutants.
Sacred Valley Salt currently comes in a small grain offering which is an ideal finishing salt. Starting in January 2017, they will also be offering an extra coarse variety, which can be used with a grinder.
And now the part that you’ve been waiting for, the giveaway. Sacred Valley Salt and I are teaming up to give Jo Cooks readers the chance to win a wonderful package filled with 10 of these salt bags! Think about it, you’ll be set for salt for a long time to come.
To enter for a chance to win this amazing package, all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me the answer to this question: What’s your favorite Christmas morning breakfast? Contest is open to EVERYONE in the United States and will run until Wednesday December 7th, 2016.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations Mitzi!