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Salt is one product most of us take for granted, even though it is one of the few things we actually need constantly to maintain our health.

In ancient times it was one of the most important goods, used as currency, medicine and obviously in cooking and preserving. The Romans regarded it so highly that they even made a massive road, the longest in its time just to transport it from sea to city.

Though salt is an everyday staple in our diet today, Black Mediterranean Sea Salt, is  a luxury.

Black Salt is unlike any other salt in the world.  It is quick to dissolve and is sensationally black in colour.

Black Salt is harvested from the world famous Larnaca Salt Lakes on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. It is initially white then ground with volcanic charcoal and activated carbon which produces therapeutic benefits. It is rich in iron, and is a natural detoxifier. The unusual quartz pieces are excellent to use in all types of dishes.

This fantastic and luxurious Mediterranean Black Cyprus volcanic sea salt not only tastes sensational but is visually pleasing. The crystals range in size and can be used in a variety of dishes or to garnish anything requiring salt.

Ask us, in café, about buying your own Cyprus Black Salt to take home.

A History of Salt

The root of the word salt comes from the ancient Greek word ‘alas’ – initially ‘als’, meaning sea.

This was anagrammed in Latin as ‘sal’ which led to its pronunciation in English.

Salt is a very common and simple chemical compound. It is one of the cheapest products and yet the most permanent in human diet. In the Mediterranean region, salt appears as a natural oddity with easily accessible traces on seaside rocks, puddles and lagoons. There were times in the past when salt played a crucial part in man’s economic history. It was called “white gold” and soldiers in ancient Rome were paid in salt.

There is a significant story of how a common rock, one of the earliest pure substances, has shaped civilization. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, salt was important to the development of our civilizations. Any inconsistency of supplies, or control of the sources of salt, could be detrimental to the community independence, expansion and liberty.

Salt’s natural properties have played an important role in many religious ceremonies and covenants over thousands of years.

Plato described salt as “especially dear to Gods”.

In The Illiad, Homer called it “divine substance” and in The Odyssey he said “Those who do not know the sea… do not eat their food mixed with salt”.

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