Northwestern Sicily’s Salt Flats


The salt flats of Trapani and Marsala (This one pictured is in Nubia.) can trace their origins back to the Phoenicians who colonized and developed the area starting around 700 B.C. The Phoenicians, who soon after became known as Carthaginians because of their establishment of Carthage (i.e. modern-day Tunisia), were master mariners, fisherman, and traders. They took to the the northwestern coast of Sicily for strategic reasons: 1. the plentiful tuna that swam off the island’s shores and 2. the shallow marshes that enabled them to create salt in order to preserve all the tuna they caught.

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  1. francesca says:

    Hi Allison, Louie DiPalo carries salt from the best salt flat in Sicily. He goes there personally and picks it out. I have 2 jars. You should get it. It’s an excellent finishing salt. By the way, the Phoenicians are the ones who invented the alphabet.

    1. Yes, Francesca DiPalo carries Trapani salt. I saw it last week when I was at the store. I always bring it home myself to cook with it! And yes, the Phoenicians did invent the alphabet and the Greeks learned from them!

  2. Francesca says:

    allison you are so knowledgable about the history of siciliy you should give speeches on it’s history. fantasik information

    1. I do Francesca! I give talks about many different topics… Music, food, divine feminine, and feast traditions. I love to share!

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