Around 15,000 tonnes of salt are harvested each year in the south-east of Mallorca, in Ses Salines d'es Trenc, in Colonia de Sant Jordi.
Man-made salt lakes are formed by pumping seawater from Es Trenc (purified en-route) where salt crusts in hot and windy conditions. Some of these crusts are used to make gourmet salt, a growing business as demand for high quality, natural ingredients increases. These crusts are skimmed by hand, dried and prepared for sale.
Known as ‘Flor de Sal' (sea blossom salt), this is not your ordinary table salt. It has higher concentrations of magnesium, potassium, calcium and micronutrients which makes it better for human health. Some of the salt is flavoured – you can get herbal seasoning such as thyme or rosemary or go for more exotic flavours including orange-chilli, hibiscus, and truffle – and the salt can be bought in good delicatessens throughout Mallorca, or online.