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Marblehead, MA 01945

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Each water harvest requires we row out to find the best salt blooms off the coast of Marblehead.

Our salt is made according to a 1,600-year-old process perfected by monks of Mount Athos, yet prepared using local sea water from the Marblehead coast North of Boston.

We are one of the few salterns on the East Coast of the United States and the only one that uses ancient, monastic saltern methods.

Unlike mass produced salts, ours benefit from a seasonality and vintage that can only occur with small batch salts. Autumn, winter, spring and summer salts are unique in that they have distinct algal, current and saline bloom signatures.

We can also vary the minerality and the salinity within a certain tolerance for our more demanding customers providing a bespoke saline experience.

You may also notice the live taste quality and delicate crystalline structure of our fresh salt that melts right on contact. Because of the freshness of our salt, you can also use less of it which makes it perfect for those looking to cut down on their salt consumption.

 

Athonite Finishing Salt

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Our word salary comes from the Latin salarium which was a Roman Legionary's allowance to buy salt.  In fact the word soldier comes from sal dare which means "give salt."  And that gives us the expression "being worth one's salt."  Our salt is $60 per pound.  Larger packages mean a little less effort to pack and I will pass that on.  But good salt is expensive.  It should be.  Just like it's possible to buy a hamburger for $1, but the $8 hamburger is generally a better experience and probably easier to digest!  I think once you try Marblehead Salt you will not only enjoy it more, you'll enjoy consuming less salt but of a much higher quality.  In essence you'll say, Marblehead Salt is worth its salt. 

Athonite Finishing Salt

7 oz Chef's Jar
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Athonite Finishing Salt

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This is the style of salt I first tasted on Mount Athos.  The salt the monks make for themselves so they can be self-sufficient.  We have remained true to the over 1,600 year old Athonite tradition and maintained the process even as we have updated the equipment by a few centuries.  Each harvest comes from a blend of 14 different locations across the cold, clear waters of Marblehead, Massachusetts, just a few miles North of Boston.  As the salt is de-watered we are constantly testing it, balancing it with the other naturally occurring mineral mixtures of the different seawaters from the Marblehead coast, like a fine blended Scotch, a Meritage wine or a Pauillac Bordeaux.  And like a fine wine, our salt has seasonality.  Because of varying algae and plankton content during the year our salt has a seasonality unique to small hand-crafted batch salts.  Our Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring salts all have slightly different tasting notes.

Buy it by the ounce, the quarter pound, a 7 ounce chefs jar that will live on your stovetop or the large 2.5 pound chef's jar.  You'd be surprised how many have decided that the 8 pound "Create Your Own Dead Sea" jar makes a good wedding, anniversary or birthday present.

Stay salty!

 

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