Fine Sea Salt is one of the many varieties of sea salt available. It is harvested from the ocean floor, much like table salt, but has a much smaller crunch. Sea salt comes from the evaporated water of the sea, instead of being mined. Because of the higher mineral content of sea water, sea salt has less potassium and more magnesium, while fine sea salt has higher potassium and magnesium content. Because fine sea salt is used in so many different dishes, its price is often three times that of regular sea salt.
Fine sea salts also come in crystal form. These crystals are formed from the heating of the salt crystal when it is placed in an oven. The crystals are fine enough to be used as table salt, and their use as decorative art forms part of the tradition of using these crystals for jewelry and other purposes. Each salt crystal reflects a different color of the ocean, ranging from light yellows and blues to deep oranges and purples.
The fine sea salt crystals found on the table often have no relation to any particular mineral content, although they may still have trace amounts of elements that are beneficial to our health. The crystals are naturally white and smooth, and can also be found in other salt forms including regular salt, unrefined table salt and alternative salt such as sea salt (also called “dinkwater”) and rock salt (also known as “clay”. Clays are extremely salty, and may contain toxic materials such as lead. Rock salt and alternative salts are not refined or processed, and do not contain chemicals and other toxins that may harm us.