Posted by: travelrat | June 27, 2017

Anglesey Sea Salt

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Anglesey: 2nd April 2017.

Some of the exhibits at the Anglesey Sea Zoo, especially the sea-horses, require sea-water of the clearest kind, and this is obtained by filtering water from the nearby Menai Straits. Attractions such as the Sea Zoo don’t attract many visitors during the winter months, so, to ensure an income all year round, some of this water is used next door to produce … Anglesey Sea Salt.

It may be asked ‘How is sea salt different to ‘ordinary’ salt? It’s all sodium chloride, isn’t it?’

Sea salt is purer, there are none of the impurities that there are in rock salt. These can occur naturally, because of elements in the adjacent soil, or can be added during manufacture, to ensure free running, for example.

Just so we were in no doubt, we were invited to taste the various grades of salt, and make our own minds up about it. I was undecided … I suppose that the cigars and whisky of earlier years are responsible for that.

We were also shown the process of obtaining the salt from the sea-water … but I didn’t take any photos or video; although it’s interesting, it’s a bit like watching paint dry. But, I did take a picture of the factory itself, which is rather nice, and one of the Menai Straits.

Menai Straits

(If you look carefully, you can see the towers of Caernarfon Castle … ‘Caernarfon’ means, in Welsh ‘The Castle Opposite Anglesey’)

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